By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - No. 1 Florida claimed its second consecutive Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Championship on Saturday with a final score of 198.000 at Verizon Arena, becoming the first league team to capture back-to-back crowns since Georgia won three-in-a-row from 2004-06.
Florida has won the SEC Gymnastics Championship three of the last four years, also claiming crowns in 2010 and 2012. The victory came in front of 5,395 fans, the most for an SEC Gymnastics Championship in North Little Rock.
Alabama placed second at 197.900, LSU was third at 197.700, while Georgia placed fourth in 197.325. It marked the highest-scoring top-four in SEC Gymnastics Championship history. Auburn was fifth with a score of 196.550, while Arkansas was sixth at 196.400, Missouri was seventh at 195.525 and Kentucky was eighth with a score of 194.600.
LSU’s Rheagan Courville and Florida’s Bridget Sloan shared the 2013 SEC All-Around title with four-event totals of 39.750. Those tied for the fifth-highest All-Around totals in SEC Championship history.
Courville won the vault title with a perfect score of 10.0, becoming just the sixth athlete in SEC Championship history to score a 10.0 on vault.
Florida’s Sloan and Georgia’s Brittany Rogers captured the SEC bars championship with a score of 9.950, which ties for the second-best vault score in SEC Championship history.
The SEC floor exercise championship was split five ways between Alabama’s Diandra Milliner, Florida’s Bridget Sloan, Florida’s Kytra Hunter, LSU’s Jessica Savona and LSU’s Lloimnicia Hall, each registering scores of 9.950.
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2013 SEC Gymnastics Championship (Little Rock, Ark. – March 23, 2013)
Final Team Standings: 1. Florida 198.000; 2. Alabama 197.900; 3. LSU 197.700; 4. Georgia 197.325; 5. Auburn 196.550; 6. Arkansas 196.400; 7. Missouri 195.525; 8. Kentucky 194.600.
All-Around Champion: Bridget Sloan, UF and Rheagan Courville, LS (39.750)
Vault Champion: Rheagan Courville, LS (10.0)
Bars Champions: Bridget Sloan, UF and Brittany Rogers, UG (9.950)
Beam Champions: Brittany Rogers, UG; Shayla Worley, UG and Rheagan Courville, LS (9.950)
Floor Exercise Champion: Diandra Milliner, UA; Bridget Sloan, UF; Kytra Hunter, UF; Jessica Savona, LS; Lloimincia Hall, LS (9.950)
• Saturday’s attendance was 5,395, marking the most at an SEC Gymnastics Championship held in North Little Rock, Ark. The 2007 event, also held in North Little Rock featured an attendance of 5,134 fans.
• Florida won its second consecutive SEC Gymnastics Championship, becoming the first team since Georgia won three-in-a-row from 2004-06 to win back-to-back league crowns.
• Florida’s winning score of 198.000 was the highest winning score at an SEC Championship meet since Georgia scored 198.175 in 2004.
• LSU’s Rheagan Courville turned in just the sixth 10.0 on vault in SEC Championship history. She joins an elite group that includes former Georgia student-athletes Kim Arnold, Leah Brown, Chelsea Byrd and Karin Lichey, and former Kentucky student-athlete Jenny Hanson.
• The 2013 SEC Gymnastics Championship featured seven of the nation’s top-20 teams and the evening session alone boasted four of the top-six teams nationally.
• The SEC is the only conference to contest its league championship on podium. The only other women’s collegiate meet contested on a podium is the NCAA Championship. The 2013 campaign marks the eighth consecutive year that the SEC Championships are taking place on podium.
• The 2013 SEC Gymnastics Championship marks the first that includes Missouri, boosting the number of SEC programs sponsoring gymnastics to eight. This year’s event also marks the SEC’s first using a two-session format.
• The 2013 event marks the second time the SEC Gymnastics Championship has taken place in Little Rock, Ark. (Also 2007).
• Florida’s score of 198.000 ties the Gators for third in SEC Championship meet points with Georgia in 2001. The score of 198.000 is also the highest score for the Gators in the SEC Championships.
• Sophomore Rheagan Courville and freshman Bridget Sloan tied for the 2013 All-Around title with a score of 39.750. It was the first time since 2007 when Courtney Kupets and Katie Heenan both of Georgia tied for the title.
• Courville also scored the only 10.000 of the night winning the vault individual title and tying the SEC Championship Individual record. It was the first time since 2003 when Chelsa Byrd of Georgia scored a 10.000 on the same event.
• Sloan and Brittany Rogers of Georgia tied for the individual title in the uneven bars with a score of 9.950.
• The balance beam also had multiple individual title winners with Brittany Rogers and Shayla Worley of Georgia and Courville of LSU recording a 9.950.
• For the first time in the SEC Championships, five gymnasts tied for the individual title in the floor exercise with Diandra Milliner of Alabama, Sloan and Kytra Hunter of Florida, and Jessica Savona and Lloimincia Hall of LSU recording a 9.950.