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Florida Gymnastics in NCAA National Championships: How to Watch, Time

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Judgment Day has arrived for the Florida gymnastics team.

On Saturday afternoon, the Gators will take the floor as a team for the 15th and final time at Dickies Arena.

By the end of the meet, UF will either take home the program’s fourth national title, its first since 2015, or go home empty-handed for the fourth straight season.

Here’s what you need to know, the start time and how to watch:

Florida gymnastics in NCAA Championship finals: What you need to know

The Gators advanced to their 16th team final in 18 years in Thursday’s later semifinal.

The biggest national story, however, wasn’t Florida’s continued dominance. Instead, it was the stunning disruption of his kryptonite: Oklahoma.

The Sooners, who many experts believed could go down as the greatest team in the history of college gymnastics, started slow with three falls on vault and never recovered.

OU ended up a distant third behind Utah and UF.

With all the chaos around them, coach Jenny Rowland kept the Gators cool and calm. Florida scored between 49.400 and 49.500 on all four events, and after Alabama imploded on beam, UF took second place and held it throughout.

Rowland said after the meeting that Florida was aware of Oklahoma’s problems, but the team successfully blocked it.

Leanne Wong shared the same sentiment.

“We can only control what we do in the gym,” Leanne Wong said after the match. “If we show up on the competition floor and there are three other teams, you don’t have to worry about what they’re doing.”

Even freshmen, like Anya Pilgrim, stayed away from distractions.

“Personally, that’s none of my business, so I can only really control what I can do,” Pilgrim said. ‘This was like my Olympics. I loved it.”

The task that awaits Florida next is no less enormous. It must beat an LSU team with an otherworldly floor routine, a hungry Cal team looking for its first natty, and a Utah team looking to restore its historic dominance in the sport.

“I’m just really happy that the Florida Gators are moving on. I think we’re just excited,” Wong said. “We’ve spent the entire season building from the ground up to where we are today, and we’re in a great place.”

Rowland said this season has lived up to the hype, regardless of how it ends.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team. Truly, this team has grown before our eyes this season. It’s a dream come true as a coach.”

Florida gymnastics in NCAA Championship finals: start time

The action from the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas kicks off at 4:00 PM ET for Florida.

A random draw will be made to see which team starts in which rotation. Florida started on the ground in the semifinals on Thursday.

Florida gymnastics in NCAA Championship finals: watch, stream

TV channel: ABC

Streaming: Watch ESPN, FUBO (Free Trial)

Three-time U.S. Olympian John Roethlisberger will handle the play-by-duties on ABC, with three-time gold medalist and six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman as analyst. Taylor Davis will provide side reports.

In addition to the normal broadcast, ESPN will offer special device views. Olympic medalists Samantha Peszek and former Gator Bridget Sloan will provide coverage from the vault and bars, while Anastasia Webb and former Gator Kennedy Baker will be on beam and floor.

Those streams will be on ESPN+, in addition to the quad box.

This is the fourth year in a row that the National Championship will take place on ABC.

Florida gymnastics in NCAA championship semifinals: history

The Gators are one of seven teams in NCAA gymnastics to have won a national title. UF had the upper hand in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Overall, this is Florida’s 20th appearance in the NCAA Championship Final.

UF’s success has increased over the past twenty years. In its last 18 championship appearances, Florida advanced to the team finals in 16 of them.

This included 2022 and 2023, where the Gators finished second to Oklahoma both years.

Florida is the most recent champion of the four. Utah has ten national titles, but none since 1995.

LSU and Cal have never won a national title. The Golden Bears are, in fact, in their first team finals in history.

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Noah Ram covers high school sports in the Gainesville area and University of Florida athletics for The Gainesville Sun. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him @Noah_ram1 on Twitter.