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Kytra Hunter Wins NCAA Individual Vault Championship

(Via <a href="" target="new">Marissa King/@TheBritRiss on Twitpic</a>.)
(Via Marissa King/@TheBritRiss on Twitpic.)

A day after a merely great performance helped Florida take second place in the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Super Six, Gators star Kytra Hunter vaulted to her second national championship of the year on Sunday.

Hunter earned a 9.950 for her first vault, and a 9.800 for her second, giving her an average of 9.875 that topped Alabama's Diandra Milliner, who finished with a 9.825. The vault championship is Florida's second consecutive title in the event, with Hunter's win following Marissa King's in 2011, and is the Gators' fourth in program history, joining King's win and back-to-back wins by Susan Hines in 1997 and 1998.

How good is Hunter? Florida has seven individual championships in program history; Hunter earned two of them this weekend as a freshman, and scored the Gators' only all-around championship on Friday night.

And Hunter also had Florida's second-best finish in Sunday's individual finals, coming in fourth in floor exercise with a 9.9250. King took fifth place in the vault with a 9.7875 despite still being limited by an injury sustained earlier this month, Ashanée Dickerson (9.900 on floor exercise) and Mackenzie Caquatto (9.8250 on uneven bars) both scored sixth place finishes, and Alaina Johnson finished eighth in the uneven bars with a 9.4875.

Every one of the gymnasts competing in individual event finals for Florida was an underclassman, and will return for the 2013 season.