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DiCello shines as No. 2 Florida wins NCAA Regional



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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Florida gymnastics is transferring forward to NCAA Regional remaining motion after successful Friday’s second session at Pittsburgh’s Petersen Occasions Middle.

The Gators tallied the day’s high whole throughout each of the Pittsburgh Regional second-round periods. Florida’s 197.875 included only one rating from Gator All-American Trinity Thomas, who was unable to compete the ultimate three occasions as a result of damage.

Florida now joins Arizona State (197.575), California (197.25) and Michigan State (196.825) for Sunday’s NCAA Regional Remaining. The highest two groups in Sunday’s competitors advance to the NCAA Championships, set for April 13-15 in Ft. Value, Texas.

Tonight’s Meet: A blind draw decided the competitors order for as we speak’s regional competitors. 4 marks of 9.9 or higher contributed to top-seeded Florida’s opening whole of 49.575. Marks of 9.95 by freshman Kayla DiCello and sophomore Riley McCusker led all in Friday’s two periods to win the occasion. Ellie Lazzari and Trinity Thomas additionally posted marks of 9.90.

The sector was silent after Thomas stopped her flooring routine shortly after her opening double format. She didn’t compete within the remaining two rotations as a result of a decrease proper leg damage. Her standing is day-to-day.

Sophomore Leanne Wong received flooring with a 9.975 – her third near-perfect mark of 2023. Victoria Nguyen equaled her collegiate better of 9.925 to begin off the lineup whereas DiCello and Payton Richards posted 9.90s.

DiCello equaled her collegiate better of 9.95 to win the Regional vault title. Richards additionally posted a 9.90 whereas Bri Edwards stepped into the vault lineup to match her collegiate better of 9.85.

The one 10.0 of the Pittsburgh Regional was awarded for DiCello’s uneven bars routine. She is the one one among the many nation’s three freshmen with 10.0s to earn a number of excellent marks.

After successful at the least a share of three equipment titles, DiCello took the all-around win with a collegiate-best 39.80. It’s her second all-around win and first because the season opener.

EVENT WINNERS: Scores are mixed from each NCAA Second Spherical periods to find out occasion winners:

Vault: Kayla DiCello, Florida 9.95
Bars: Kayla DiCello, Florida 10.0
Beam: Kayla DiCello, UF, Riley McCusker, UF Gabrielle Stephen, MSU & Hannah Scharf, ASU 9.95
Flooring: Leanne Wong, UF 9.975
AA: Kayla DiCello, UF 39.80


  • DiCello’s all-around whole of 39.80 leads the nation’s 2023 freshmen. She is the one freshman with two all-around totals among the many nation’s high 30 – No. T15 39.80 and No. T30 39.75 vs Missouri. 
  • Tonight was DiCello’s second 10.0 on uneven bars. Her first got here versus Missouri on Feb. 10. She is the nation’s solely freshman with a number of 10.0s in 2023. *
  • Subsequent up for Gators Hit: The 2 gymnasts that changed Thomas within the Gators’ remaining two occasions each equaled their collegiate bests: Bri Edwards – vault (9.85) and Payton Richards – uneven bars (9.875) 
  • A Gator has received all-around in every of UF’s 12 meets this season. 
  • Collegiate bests tonight:
  • Kayla DiCello 9.95 (vault), 10.0 (bars), 39.80 (all-around) 
  • Bri Edwards 9.85 (vault)
  • Riley McCusker 9.95 (beam)
  • Victoria Nguyen 9.925 (flooring)
  • Payton Richards 9.875 (bars) 
  • Leanne Wong 9.975 (flooring)


“The Gators get to bop once more. The Gators get to do gymnastics once more. The Gators have one other alternative to compete for one another once more. That’s one thing we had been specializing in as we speak. Management what we will management and I feel the Gators did a fantastic job. There was a bit of adversity tonight. Nevertheless I instructed them they dealt with it very gracefully, with calmness and confidence. I am pleased with all of them.” – Florida Head Coach Jenny Rowland


Freshman Kayla DiCello may simply have a look at her arms to seek out inspiration tonight. These phrases included:

  •  Be You
  • Belief 
  • Regular 
  • Goldfish


DiCello explains:

“At SEC, I used to be warming up my entrance double full,” DiCello mentioned. “Jenny [Rowland] instructed me to be a goldfish as their reminiscence is 10 seconds. Simply neglect about that one and transfer on to the following.”

Along with her all-around whole that ranks because the fourth highest ever by a Gator freshman (simply trailing Leanne Wong’s 39.875, 39.85 and 39.825 set final season), there doubtless wasn’t a lot DiCello wanted to neglect tonight.

UP NEXT: NCAA Regional Finals are contested in 4 websites throughout the nation. The Los Angeles and Norman areas maintain crew finals on Saturday, April 1. Remaining spherical motion for the Pittsburgh and Denver is scheduled for Sunday, April 2. The highest two groups in every regional remaining advance to the April 13-15 NCAA Championships in Ft. Value



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