Bridget Sloan claims all-around title at NCAA Championships

Bridget Sloan claims all-around title at NCAA Championships

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Bridget Sloan claims all-around title at NCAA Championships

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Bridget Sloan competes in the floor exercise during the NCAA women's gymnastics championships, Friday, April 15, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bridget Sloan competes in the floor exercise during the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships, Friday, April 15, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.

All that’s left for Bridget Sloan is to help her Florida Gators complete a 4-for-4 sweep of NCAA team titles in women’s gymnastics.

Sloan, 23, a Pittsboro Olympian, claimed three individual titles Friday night in the NCAA Championships at Fort Worth, Texas.

The Florida senior won the all-around with a score of 39.70, adding that to her 2013 title. UCLA’s Samantha Peszek, of McCordsville, shared the all-around title in 2015. So the two Hoosier Olympians combined to win three of the past four.

Sloan tied for first on uneven bars and balance beam, both with scores of 9.95. That set a Florida school record of six NCAA titles in her career. She was also NCAA champion on beam in 2013 and bars in 2014.

Florida's Bridget Sloan competes on the uneven parallel bars during the NCAA women's gymnastics championships Friday, April 15, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Florida’s Bridget Sloan competes on the uneven parallel bars during the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships Friday, April 15, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Individual finals used to be separate, but individual events are now decided off Day 1 team preliminaries to accommodate TV coverage.

“Gymnastics is a sport unless you are getting 10s on everything, even if you get a 10, you think, ‘I can do a little bit better,’ ” Sloan said in a statement distributed by her university. “I really couldn’t have asked for a better performance, but at the same time there are things that I can work on and I think it is just how prelims goes.”

Florida won its team semifinal with a score of 197.475 to advance to Saturday’s Super Six finals. Oklahoma won the other semifinal with the top score, 197.7875.

This is the final gymnastics meet for Sloan, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist. She is only woman ever to win U.S., world and NCAA titles in the all-around.

Florida's Bridget Sloan competes on the balance beam during the NCAA women's gymnastics championships,Friday, April 15, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Florida’s Bridget Sloan competes on the balance beam during the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships,Friday, April 15, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.

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