Roundup: LSU downs Florida for regular-season gymnastics title

Published: Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 8:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 8:10 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. — The No. 2-ranked LSU gymnastics team won the inaugural SEC regular-season championship Sunday, winning a showdown with No. 3 Florida 198.150-196.600. It was the Tigers' best score this season and first over 198.000. LSU improved to 12-1 overall and finished the SEC dual meet part of its schedule 7-0. Florida slipped to 7-2 and 5-2.

The Gators didn't have their best Sunday, as the team total was a season low. Breaks, extra steps and being forced to count a fall for the first time in 2017 took away from the Gators' scoring potential.

Junior Kennedy Baker led UF on the uneven bars, hitting her collegiate high of 9.90 for the third time this season. That mark took third on the event overall. The Gators were forced to count a fall on the event - the first fall computed in the bars event total since 2010. That put the Gators behind the Tigers by 0.70 after the first rotation, a difficult gap to make up against the nation's second-ranked team.

The Gators' high event total of the day, 49.375, came on vault. Junior Alex McMurtry anchored the Gators' vault lineup with a 10.0 to share the afternoon's event title with LSU's Ashleigh Gnat. It was McMurtry's first 10.0 on the event of the season and Gnat's second.


UF men pick up first SEC win

The Florida men's tennis team earned its first win of SEC play Sunday, defeating LSU 4-3 at home.

In doubles play, the dominant team of Johannes Ingildsen-Alfredo Perez earned a 6-0 win over Jordan Daigle-Julian Saborio in only 20 minutes. The duo of Maxx Lipman-Elliott Orkin followed, clinching the doubles point for the Gators with a 6-3 win.

In singles play, Lipman started off with a quick 6-4, 6-2 win to give the Gators a 2-0 lead. Jordan Belga earned a win in the No. 6 position, but Orkin dropped his match on court 2 to bring the score to 3-1 UF. Johannes Ingildsen earned a tough 6-4, 7-6 win to clinch the match for the Gators (8-5, 1-1). LSU fell to 2-8, 0-2.

Women: Because of inclement weather, the Gators' match at Texas A&M was moved to Monday.


Florida handles Towson, 13-6

TOWSON, Md. — The Florida lacrosse team triumphed 13-6 over No. 16 Towson (3-3) on Sunday.

In a game that was 32 degrees at the opening draw, the No. 3 Gators (3-1) controlled from the start, using a 13-8 advantage on the draw to shoot a program-record 47 shots.

Senior attacker Sammi Burgess set a career-high with seven points (three goals, four assists) to go along with three ground balls. Also playing well for the Gators was senior attacker Mollie Stevens (3 goals, 1 assist, six draw controls), and freshman midfielder Brianna Harris (two goals, two assists).

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