The lady Gators defeated the Auburn Tigers in the O’Dome on Friday night in front of a crowd of more than 8,000 for the annual Link to Pink meet for breast cancer.
Kim Davis, breast cancer survivor, kicked off the event by telling her story of struggle and strength. She said her husband and two sons are who helped keep her optimistic.
“I put on my super hero cape and continued on with life,” she said.
Davis also encouraged the audience to be diligent and get regular mammograms.
“Because of early detection and awareness, I noticed that nasty little lump early,” she said. “Go get your mammogram. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your family.”
After the inspirational speaker, the University of Florida Dazzlers and cheerleaders got the crowd hyped up.
The men’s tennis team was at the meet signing autographs and giving out T-shirts.
About fifty cancer survivors clad in pink surrounded the gym floor to form a tunnel and present the Lady Gator gymnastics team. Girl Scout Troop 977 presented the colors while the UF Women’s Chorale sang the national anthem.
Florida swept Auburn in all four events. On bars, the Gators scored an impressive 49.525 to Auburn’s 48.950. On vault, Florida scored 49.625 to Auburn’s 48.950. On beam, Florida scored 49.275 to Auburn’s 49.075, and on floor, the Gators outscored the Tigers 49.225 to 49.050.
With final scores of 197.650 and 196.025, the Gators are still undefeated in the O’Dome and are 3-1 overall.
The Gators will compete against Arkansas on Feb 1. at 8 p.m. in Fayetteville, Ark.