Gym Dogs Cruise Past Wolfpack
ATHENS, Ga. - Kat Ding won the all-around for the fourth time this season with a 39.500 as the No. 5 Georgia Gym Dogs (8-3) rolled past the No. 21 N.C. State Wolfpack (10-5) 197.375 - 195.525 on Sunday afternoon.
“This was a test for us in a lot of ways," said head coach Jay Clark. "After the UCLA meet we had so many things that seemed to pop up out of nowhere, and that’s what happens sometimes in sports. We had half of our team get sick with strep and the flu. All that adversity that went in to last week and then to go to Michigan and do a very nice job and then come home with the travel the day before and finish on a high note is good and admirable, it’s consistent with what this team has been able to show all year. I do think they were flat. I thought the energy was down, understandably so, but there was no excuse. We had to get them in the huddle and rally them and they did a good job of picking it up on beam and floor.”
Noel Couch also competed in the all-around and took second with a score of 39.350.
Georgia's 197.375 is its second-highest score of the season, which was boosted by the nine 9.900s or higher posted by the Gym Dogs.
Gina Nuccio and Shayla Worley returned to the lineup after missing the Michigan meet on Friday due to injuries.
On vault, the Gym Dogs were led by Ding, who posted a 9.925. Cat Hires and Sarah Persinger both posted a 9.825 to help Georgia to a team score of 49.175. N.C. State posted a 48.750 on the bars.
On the bars, Chelsea Davis tied her career high with a 9.950 and Ding scored a 9.925 to lead Georgia. Christa Tanella also posted a 9.850 to contribute to the Gym Dogs 49.325, while the Wolfpack tallied a 48.800 on the vault. After the second rotation, Georgia led 98.500 - 97.550.
Worley tied her career high of 9.950 and Kaylan Earls set a career high of 9.900 on beam to lead the Gym Dogs to a score of 49.325, their third highest score on beam this season. N.C. State posted a 48.925 on floor and as Georgia increased its advantage to 147.825-146.475.
Couch and Ding tied career highs of 9.950 and 9.925, respectively, Persinger posted a career-high 9.900 and Mariel Box set a season high of 9.900 on the floor en route to a Gym Dogs season-high team score of 49.550. This marked the first time this season that four Gym Dogs scored a 9.900 or greater on floor. N.C. State recorded a 49.050 on beam to bring the final team scores to 197.375 - 195.525.
Next up, Georgia competes in the SEC Championship on March 24 at 4 p.m. in Duluth, Ga.
Kentucky Gymnastics Scores 196.025 in Senior Day Victory
LEXINGTON, Ky. - For only the 10th time in school history, the University of Kentucky gymnastics team has scored a 196 team score or higher, posting a dominating 196.025 mark in a tri-meet victory over George Washington and Ball State on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky. The two victories on Sunday moves Kentucky's record to 8-6 this season, assuring the Wildcats of a winning regular season for the first time since 2008.
"I am extremely proud of this group," said UK head coach Tim Garrison, who is in his first season with the Wildcats. "I am so proud of everything that they have accomplished not only today, but the entire season. This result today is a culmination of all the hard work they have put in this season, which started back in August. They have worked their tails off. We have a saying in the athletic department, `Expect to Win,' and I told them today they deserved to win."
The meet was a historic one for the Kentucky program, as the score of 196.025 tied the seventh-highest score in school history. The high mark is also tied for the second-highest team score in a home meet in school history, while Garrison becomes the first head coach in school history to lead the team to a 196-plus team score during year one of a coach's tenure.
Kentucky is coming off an impressive performance last week at Illinois, where it grabbed a team score of 195.95. Kentucky's 196.025 Sunday marked the highest consecutive team scores in one season since the 2002 team posted back-to-back 196s against Ball State and Auburn.
The Wildcats defeated George Washington and Ball State on every event, while setting or tying eight season highs and seven career highs in the meet. UK scored over a 49.0 on three events, including a season-best 49.15 on uneven bars. Junior Caitlyn Ciokajlo took home the event title on bars with a 9.875, while senior Storey Morris won balance beam with a 9.875 and sophomore Audrey Harrison claimed floor with a 9.875. Harrison also took home her third all-around title of the season with a 39.175.