2 more gymnastics titles for Florida
LOS ANGELES -- Not content with the NCAA women's gymnastics team title, Florida's Bridget Sloan and Alaina Johnson added to the Gators' haul on Sunday.
Sloan won the balance beam, defeating Katie Zurales of Michigan and Hanna Nordquist of Minnesota, who each scored 9.8875.
Johnson won the uneven parallel bars after she wasn't sure she'd be able to compete. Three meets into the 2013 season, Johnson was diagnosed with a stress reaction and stress fracture in her lower back and was ordered to rest.
"I don't want to say that I didn't think I would be able to come back but I wasn't really sure," Johnson said. "I'm a fighter and I was fighting and I knew that I wanted to come back."
Florida coach Rhonda Faehn was stunned Johnson came back as strong as she did.
"It is so unusual," Faehn said. "It takes months to come back from a serious injury and be in competitive form. It's amazing to me she was able to do it."
Johnson scored a 9.9125 to beat out Sloan and Georgia Dabritz of Utah, who each scored 9.90.
The Gators won the team competition Saturday.
In the vault, Diandra Milliner of Alabama and Rheagan Courville of LSU tied for first with a score of 9.925. UCLA's Olivia Courtney was third at 9.9167.
Miller finished second in the 2012 vault and Courville became the third LSU gymnast to win the individual vault championship since 2008.
"It just says so much for our coach, Bob Moore, because half our vault lineup was in the finals," Courville said. "It's such an honor to join such successful athletes from LSU. It's all about the tradition and pride in our school."
Joanna Sampson of Michigan won the floor exercise with a score of 9.9375, defeating Milliner, who scored 9.9250.
"It was nice to go out there for my team since we didn't get to compete (in the finals)," Sampson said. "I just went out there and had so much fun for them."