UF gymnastics secures nation's second-highest score in win vs. Georgia

The Gators needed to bounce back not only from their first loss of the season, but from a stomach bug that ambushed the team during the week.

And bounce back they did.

In front of Friday's crowd of 8,355 at the O'Dome, No. 3 Florida defeated No. 9 Georgia, 197.975-196.525. The winning mark is the nation's second-highest total score of the year.

Alex McMurtry, who suffered the illness throughout the week, scored UF's second perfect 10 of the season with her bars routine. It's her third career perfect 10 on the uneven bars.

"I'm always surprised when I get a 10, you know?" McMurtry said. "That's what we strive for, so that's one of the happiest moments of my life. And I absolutely love those moments. That's why we're all here, honestly, to do the best we can do with our favorite people around us."

And McMurtry didn't stop there. She also won the beam with a 9.95 mark.

"I don't know what to say about Alex. She never surprises me," head coach Jenny Rowland said. "She's gonna go out there, and this team can depend on her, whether she's sick or not sick. Everyone up here can say the same thing, and she knows that we know that she's gonna cover everybody's back."

Junior Rachel Slocum set the tone for the meet, scoring a 9.975 to win the vault title in Florida's first event of the night.

Sophomore Alicia Boren won her second all-around title of the year with a 39.725.

Watch all the highlights in the video above.

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