LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The preseason top-ranked Florida gymnastics team claimed a win by the narrowest margin possible - 0.025 - at No. 4 UCLA in the season opener for both teams held in front of Pauley Pavilion crowd of 5,265. The Gators’ total of 196.65 put a fraction in Florida’s favor as the Bruins posted a total of 196.625.
Florida Event Winners Saturday
In the all-time four regular-season meetings between the two teams in Pauley Pavilion, tonight was the first Gator win in the Bruins’ home arena. This was the second Pauley Pavilion appearance for the Gators in as many meets, as Florida finished the 2013 season by winning the program’s first NCAA Championship in the arena last April.
It was evident that it was first meet of the season for both teams as some routines were missing the polish that comes with more competitions. Florida had a fall on three of the four events, but none of those misses were computed into the final team total. The Gators owned a three-tenths lead heading into the final rotation. The Bruins turned in their highest event total of the evening, 49.375, on floor exercise but Florida finished with just enough, 49.10, on balance beam to take the win.