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Florida gymnastics kicks off season with a win – Time to meet the girls


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Photo courtesy of the University of Florida Gymnastics Facebook page.

I think it’s safe to say that we’re all pretty upset that football season is over and classes are back in session, but we don’t have to mope just yet! Gymnastics season is just starting, and the Lady Gators kicked off 2013 with an impressive win against Ball State on Friday.

We at Florida Gamedayr think it’s time to give the girls some well-deserved recognition and introduce the Gator Nation to these incredibly talented ladies and their renowned leader.

Since she accepted the position in 2002, Florida gymnastics head coach Rhonda Faehn has proven herself time and time again. Faehn has led the girls to three SEC team titles, as well as seven NCAA Region team titles. Under her direction, the Gators have finished in the top five in seven NCAA Championships. In 2007, Faehn was named NACGC Coach of the Year. All of these successes come as no surprise when you take a look at Faehn’s resume. Before becoming the Gators’ head coach, she was a student assistant coach at UCLA, head coach at Lanco Gymnastics Training Center in Lancaster, Pa., assistant coach at Maryland, assistant coach at Nebraska and assistant head coach at Nebraska. Faehn’s hard work has not gone unnoticed, as she has been awarded Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year five times since 2006.

Bridgette Caquatto is a 5’2” freshman from Naperville, Ill. She is majoring in social and behavioral sciences, and she wants to ultimately pursue a degree in sports medicine.

Mackenzie Caquatto is a 5’1” junior from Naperville, Ill. She is majoring in special education.

Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto is a 5’6” freshman from Montreal, Quebec. She is studying social and behavioral sciences, and she wants to attend medical school.

Ashanee Dickerson is a 5’5” senior from Jacksonville, Fla. She is studying anthropology.

Morgan Frazier is a 5’2” freshman from Winter Garden, Fla. She is studying social and behavioral sciences.

Kytra Hunter is a 5’0” sophomore from Frederick, Md. She is majoring in social and behavioral sciences, and she wants to ultimately pursue an economics degree.

Alaina Johnson is a 5’1” junior from Tyler, Texas. She is studying sociology.

Marissa King is a 5’1” senior from Cambridge, England. She is majoring in geography with a minor in mass communication.

Dali Lemezan is a 5’4” senior from St. Petersburg, Fla. She is majoring in sociology, and she wants to attend nursing school.

Lauren Rose is a 5’5” junior from Orlando, Fla. She is majoring in applied physiology and kinesiology.

Jamie Shisler is a 5’7” sophomore from Naples, Fla. She is majoring in social and behavioral sciences, and she wants to ultimately pursue economics.

Bridget Sloan is a 5’1” freshman from Pittsboro, Ind. She is studying social and behavioral sciences, and she wants to pursue sports marketing.

Rachel Spicer is a 5’1” sophomore from Highland Village, Texas. She is studying social and behavioral sciences.

Randy Stageberg is a 5’0” senior from Chesapeake, Va. She is majoring in family, youth and community sciences.

Kiersten Wang is a 5’0” sophomore from Monument, Colo. She is studying social and behavioral sciences.

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