Gymnastics takes on No. 1 Florida



By Lindsay Travis | @KyKernelSports

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UK’s gymnastics team will take on No. 1 Florida on Friday in the SEC regular season finale at the Stephen O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.

Florida (6-1, 5-1 SEC) is ranked No. 1 for the third week in a row, while No. 23 UK (5-3-1, 3-2-1 SEC) has dropped from No. 17.

The Cats are coming off of a close 194.250-194.125 win against Missouri in UK’s annual Pink Meet at Memorial Coliseum last Friday.

The Gators are competing back at home after defeating No. 9 Georgia 197.30-196.175 in Athens, Ga., on Sunday.

UK comes into the meet ranked No. 14 nationally on floor exercise, No. 23 on uneven bars, No. 24 on balance beam and No. 27 on vault.

Florida is ranked No. 1 nationally in vault and uneven bars, No. 2 in balance beam and No. 5 in floor exercise.

UK junior Audrey Harrison and Florida freshman Bridget Sloan each won their third-consecutive individual all-around titles in their most recent meets.

The Cats have some first-year squad members of their own who head to Gainesville in good form.

Freshman Jill Chappel has scored over 9.8 in her past two outings on the fault, while fellow freshman Tiara Phelps has broken her season high in her past two floor competitions.

Friday’s meet begins at 7 p.m. and will air tape-delayed on CSS at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and on CST at 1 p.m. Thursday. Live stats from the meet will be posted on