Kentucky might have lost its Southeastern Conference gymnastics home opener Friday, but not its swagger.
No. 4 Florida topped the 12th-ranked Wildcats 196.050-195.350 in front of 2,132 fans in Memorial Coliseum. The Gators are 66-1 all-time against UK.
Things could have turned ugly after UK opened with season lows of 48.75 on vault and 48.65 on bars.
Instead, the Cats responded with season-bests on beam (48.60) and floor (49.35).
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Senior Emily Green, last to go on the floor, posted UK's first 9.95 since 2007.
"The finish was great," Coach Mo Mitchell said. "I'm glad they pulled it together."
Mitchell said typical UK teams of past years would have scored 192, 193 after a start like Friday's. "So to be able to pull out a 195.3 and have a day like today, then when we have a great day we'll be really up there."
UK (3-2, 1-1 SEC) finished just shy of last week's 195.525 that vaulted them to No. 12.
The team floor score of 49.350 ranks second all-time at UK, topped only by the 49.450 scored in 1998.
After Green, the Cats got a 9.875 each from Hillary Ferguson and Jasmine Minion, 9.85 from Andrea Mitchell and 9.80 from Phylicia Reshard.
"They went out there and said, 'This is our house, this is our event, and let's show you,' " Mitchell said.
Green's 9.95 ties for third-best in school history, trailing only three-time NCAA all-around champion Jenny Hansen (10.0, 9.975). Green is tied with Hansen and first-year assistant coach Heather Hite.
Green was asked how her routine could not be a 10.
"I know — that's what I was wondering," she said with a laugh. "Just give it to me. It's my senior year. C'mon!"
No telling how many fans pulled muscles simply watching Green's final tumble to a stomach landing, with a quickflip up and onto her back.
"I could hear everybody in the stands go 'Wow!' " Green said. "It caps off the night when I do a floor routine like that."
Rhonda Faehn, coach of the Gators (2-1, 2-0), was impressed by the Cats.
"What a great job. Their floor was amazing," she said. "It was wonderful. They had really high difficulty and really showed it off."
UK's other individual title came on beam. Storey Morris equaled her season best of 9.825 to tie Florida's Courtney Gladys and Liz Green.
Gladys and teammate Nicole Ellis each scored 9.875 to share first in the vault. UK's Ferguson was third, matching her season best of 9.85.
Gators Elizabeth Mahlich, Alicia Goodwin and Maranda Smith each scored 9.825 to share honors on bars. UK's Whitney Rose tied for fourth with her season-best, 9.80.
Florida, with the nation's top-ranked freshman class, "took a step in the right direction," Faehn said.
"Knowing that 15 of our 24 routines are performed by freshmen, we're trying to really get them experience so that, by the end of the season, they can get stronger and be more aggressive."
One of her rookies, Ashanee Dickerson, took all-around honors at 39.250, her third title in as many tries.
Florida 196.050, Kentucky 195.350
All-around — 1. Ashanee Dickerson (Fla.) 39.250; 2. Marissa King (Fla.) 39.075; 3. Andrea Mitchell (UK) 38.850. Vault (Fla. 49.175, UK 48.75) — 1. (tie) Courtney Gladys and Nicole Ellis (Fla.) 9.875; 3. Hillary Ferguson (UK) 9.850. Bars — (Fla. 49.05, UK 48.65) 1. (Tie) Elizabeth Mahlich, Alicia Goodwin and Maranda Smith (Fla.) 9.25. Beam — (Fla. 48.750, UK 48.60) 1. (Tie) Storey Morris (UK) and Liz Green, Courtney Gladys (Fla.) 9.825. Floor exercise — (UK 49.350, Fla. 49.075) 1. Emily Green (UK) 9.95; 2. Ashanee Dickerson (Fla.) 9.90; 3. (tie) Jasmine Minion and Hillary Ferguson (UK) 9.875.