Florida routs North Carolina

Florida's Alicia Boren competes on the vault during a meet.

(Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun)
Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:02 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Led by All-Americans Alex McMurtry and Alicia Boren, the No. 3 Florida gymnastics team defeated North Carolina, 197.325-194.300, on Friday.

McMurtry won each event she appeared in, using a 9.95 to win vault and balance beam. She also took her third straight uneven bars win of the season, this time with a 9.90.

Boren used collegiate bests to take a pair of event titles. Her 9.95 on floor exercise gave her the first floor exercise title of her collegiate career. She upped her collegiate all-around best to 39.65 to take her second all-around title as a Gator.

Florida was again strong on vault, with the final three Gators all turning in marks of 9.925 or better Friday. In addition to McMurtry's 9.95, a pair of 9.925s came from first Alicia Boren and then Rachel Slocum.

The high event total of the meet came on Florida's finishing event, balance beam. Trouble on a series gave Florida's opening performer a 9.50, but the remainder of the lineup was solid, including three marks of 9.875 or better to help the Gators total a season-best 49.425.

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