UF Roundup: McMurtry SEC Gymnast Scholar-Athlete of Year


Florida gymnast Alex McMurtry performs her floor routine, which she got a Perfect 10, during a meet against Missouri.

[Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]
Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:39 p.m.

Last Saturday, she claimed her first collegiate all-around title at the SEC Championships in Jacksonville. Thursday, junior Alex McMurtry is the first Gator to be both the SEC Gymnast and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

A couple of accomplishments for McMurtry: SEC Championships’ all-around champion and shared floor exercise title; Top-10 national rankings for the trio of events she primarily competed – No. 3 vault (9.95 RQS), No. 6 uneven bars (9.930) and No. T10 beam (9.925) and one of two gymnasts in the nation to post 10.0 marks in three events in 2017 – vault, bars and floor.

Other league honors - Specialist of the Year: Ashleigh Gnat, LSU; Freshman of the Year: Mollie Korth, Kentucky; Coach of the Year: D-D Breaux, LSU

The six Gators on the All-SEC and/or SEC All-Freshman teams are: Kennedy Baker (Shared SEC floor exercise title and all-around runner-up ); Alicia Boren, Rachel Gowey (Freshman); Amelia Hundley (All-SEC, All Freshman); McMurtry and Rachel Slocum.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Gators win national titles at NCAAs

INDIANAPOLIS – Florida heated up the pool at the NCAA Championships on Thursday when Caeleb Dressel and Mark Szaranek grabbed national championships for the Gators swim team.

Dressel won his third national title in the 50 Free in a time of 18.23. Szaranek swam the 200 IM in 1:40.67 to share the title with Texas' Will Licon.

In the meet's first day Wednesday, the Florida tandem of Jan Switkowski, Maxime Rooney, Mitch D’Arrigo and Szaranek registered a third-place finish in the 800 free relay, touching in a school-record time of 6:09.30. The foursome broke the previous record of 6:09.84, set by Switkowski, D’Arrigo, Szaranek and former Gator Pawel Werner at the 2016 championships.

SPORTS DIGEST

MLB

Former Phillies manager Green dies at 82

PHILADELPHIA — As a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre.

"I was a 20-game winner," he would joke, "it just took me five years to do it."

Instead, it was in another role where the imposing, 6-foot-5 Green really made noise.

"When you think of big, with that deep voice, that booming voice, he could hold a team meeting, boy, he could scare you right out of your seat," Cleveland manager Terry Francona recalled.

Green, the tough-talking, no-nonsense skipper who in 1980 guided the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series championship, died Wednesday. He was 82.

The Phillies said Green died at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He had been in poor health for a while.

Green spent 62 years in baseball as a player, manager, general manager, team president and other roles.

"He was a big man with a big heart and a bigger-than-life personality," Phillies Chairman David Montgomery said in a statement.

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