AUBURN, Ala. – Preseason No. 1 Gator gymnastics used its highest season opening total to claim the win Friday at No. 14 Auburn. Florida started the season with a 197.50 – 195.725 win in front of a sold-out reduced capacity Auburn Arena crowd of 1,100.
SEC gymnastics opened 2021 action Friday with each of the four host sites selling out their limited physically-distanced ticket numbers.
Florida trailed the Tigers by 0.05 after the opening rotation. The Gators’ uneven bars team total of 49.05 was dinged by steps or low dismounts. Junior Trinity Thomas and Leah Clapper led UF with marks of 9.875 to tie for second overall. Auburn’s Derrian Gobourne took the evening’s bars title at 9.90.
Florida looked at mid-season form on vault, as its total of 49.55 is the highest for the team since the 2017 season. Thomas’ near-perfect mark of 9.975 set her collegiate best. Three Gators – Ellie Lazzari, Megan Skaggs and Nya Reed – shared second by setting or equaling their collegiate best of 9.90.
The Gators were led on floor by Thomas’ 9.95 and Reed was just a fraction behind at 9.925. Thomas claimed the event title and Reed shared second with Auburn’s Derrian Gobourne. Florida tallied