Florida gymnastics team overtakes Kentucky to claim share of conference title

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The Florida gymnastics team won at least a share of its fourth straight Southeastern Conference regular-season title on Friday night.

No. 2 Florida edged No. 10 Kentucky by .175 at the halfway point and held a slight .05 lead going into the final rotation. The Gators closed with a six-on-six balance beam to earn a 197.575-197.35 win over 3,687 at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky.

Trinity Thomas earned her 20th all-around victory of her career and her second of 2022 with a total of 39.70. On balance beam, Meagan Skaggs started by tying her college best of 9.95. Thomas nearly regained perfection, winning the balance beam with a near-perfect 9.975. Sloane Blakely finished the Gators’ beam sweep to take third with 9.925.

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“Going out with a W is always fabulous. The Gators worked really hard tonight. They fought through adversity because there were little things here and there,” Florida coach Jenny Rowland said. “It’s still a great battle and still a great test on the road to prepare us for the playoffs as well.”

UF still has one SEC encounter remaining. No. 7 Auburn needs a win when the two teams meet on March 4 to share the 2022 title with Florida. The Tigers won 197.175-196.30 at Georgia on Friday night to keep their SEC title hopes alive. LSU beat No. 8 Alabama on Friday (198.05-197.60) and faces two league opponents on Sunday in Columbia, Mo. — No. 11 Missouri and No. 16 Arkansas.

Next weekend, the Gators will host Oklahoma on Feb. 25 on senior night.

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