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<p>UF gymnast Alex McMurtry performs a routine during the Southeastern Conference Championships on March 18, 2017, in Jacksonville.</p>

UF gymnast Alex McMurtry performs a routine during the Southeastern Conference Championships on March 18, 2017, in Jacksonville.

Florida junior Alex McMurtry was named both the SEC Gymnast and Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Thursday, becoming the first Gator in school history to earn both titles in the same season.

McMurtry was the SEC Championship all-around winner and was one of only two gymnasts in nation to score 10.0 in three events in 2017 (floor, vault and bars). She also leads the Gators with 16 event wins this season (6 bars, 4 vault, 3 beam, 2 floor, 1 all-around).

As an applied physiology and kinesiology major with a focus on exercise physiology, McMurtry has a 4.0 grade point average.

The last time a Gator was selected as SEC Gymnast of the Year was Kytra Hunter in 2015.

In addition, McMurtry and teammates Kennedy Baker, Rachel Slocum, Alicia Boren and Amelia Hundley were all named to the All-SEC Team.

Hundley, as well as Rachel Gowey, were recognized as All-SEC freshmen, with Hundley notching the top score on bars for a freshman (9.90) and Gowey having the top freshman score on beam (9.90) at the SEC Championships.

The awards were determined by a vote from coaches within the conference.

Contact Lauren Staff at lstaff@alligator.org or follow her on Twitter @lstaff27.

UF gymnast Alex McMurtry performs a routine during the Southeastern Conference Championships on March 18, 2017, in Jacksonville.

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