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When the line of UF gymnasts burst through the mist of the Gator

mouth on Senior Night, it was a freshman Jade Wiggins who led the

team onto the floor. 

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Although seniors Maranda Smith and Alicia Goodwin competed in their

last home meet of their gymnastics career, the meet against No. 22

Auburn allowed for several freshmen to begin their time as

Gators. 

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“We knew that tonight was going to be an opportunity to rest quite

a few of our heavy hitters and offer an opportunity for some of our

younger athletes,” coach Rhonda Faehn said. 

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No.1 Florida did just that in its 196.850-194.950 victory over the

Tigers, as freshmen Lauren Rose and Wiggins made their collegiate

debuts. 

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Although Wiggins had a goof-up on her floor routine earning a

9.125, Faehn said she was pleased with the way she performed in the

exhibition spot on balance beam.

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However, Rose had a solid first official lineup performance on

floor, posting a 9.800. 

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While Rose and Wiggins got their time on the mats, familiar faces

took a chance to sit back. 

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The Gators had no all-around competitors as SEC Gymnast of the Week

Alaina Johnson, a freshman, only competed on beam and bars. Fellow

all-arounder sophomore Ashanée Dickerson sat out on floor. 

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The newest all-around competitor for the Gators, Mackenzie

Caquatto, also sat out on floor. 

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But, Smith and Goodwin made a solid exit with their last home

performances. Goodwin competed in bars and beam, tying for third in

bars with a 9.850. 

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Smith also nabbed the No. 3 spot on vault. 

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But before floor, the emotions of Senior Night set in. 

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She held back her tears enough to throw down a 9.900, raising her

to first place. 

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Goodwin said that it was difficult to get emotional this meet,

because it doesn’t feel like the end yet a lot of season still

ahead. 

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But the senior made sure to let Caquatto know to never take her

time as a Gator for granted. 

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“We pick names at the beginning of the season and we get that

person a little present and Alicia is the person who has me,”

Caquatto said. “She wrote me a note tonight that said, ‘Savor every

moment, it goes by fast. Just have fun out there.’ It’s our last

years of gymnastics so we’ve just got to keep it close at

heart.”

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