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Florida breaks the tie

2015 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics

The University of Florida shared a national championship with the University of Oklahoma last year; this year, though, the Gators turned to a freshman to ensure the title would be theirs alone.

Rather than sharing the podium, Florida stood alone at the top thanks to the 9.95 freshman Alex McMurtry posted in the uneven bars, the championship’s final event, on April 18 in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Competing as a freshman, especially being able to anchor on bars, which I never thought was possible for me, has been more than an amazing experience,” McMurtry said.

That score gave the Gators a .05-point win over second-place University of Utah. The Sooners, Florida’s co-champions last season, fell only .325 points short of splitting another title.

Florida began the season as the nation’s top-ranked team but had a few stumbles along the way. The Gators dropped three head-to-head matchups, the most notable loss coming against the Sooners in March. But in the end, the Gators regrouped and earned the program’s third consecutive national championship.

“It was an incredibly rocky season with so much adversity, but at the same time I really feel like that’s what helped prepare each and every one of them for a night like tonight,” Florida coach Rhonda Faehn said after the victory. “Everyone had to compete with so much fight and so much heart that we gained so much experience through the season leading up to this.”  

The Results
2015 Women’s Gymnastics

1st: Florida 197.850
2nd: Utah 197.800
3rd: Oklahoma 197.525

Samantha Peszek, UCLA
Kytra Hunter, Florida

Lauren Beers, Alabama

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