Gym Dogs Post Season High on Senior Night
ATHENS, Ga. --- The eighth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team turned in a season-high score in a 197.650-196.975 win over No. 7 Utah in front of 9,941 fans Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum.
It was also the highest score by any Georgia team in a dual meet against Utah.
“I'm really proud of the team,” said head coach Danna Durante. “We've been away for a few weeks, and we had to work out a few kinks. We wanted to come in tonight and shift into fifth gear, and I feel like we did that. I'm really proud of their effort.”
Saturday afternoon marked the final home meet of the 2013 season and Senior Night for four gymnasts. Kati Breazeal, Noel Couch, Christa Tanella, and Shayla Worley were honored at the conclusion of the meet.
Even with the spotlight on the seniors, freshmen Brittany Rogers shined in her own way. Rogers competed in the all-around for the fourth time this season and began and ended the meet with career highs on vault and floor respectively.
Georgia posted its second-highest score on vault of the season, a 49.525. Rogers and Lindsey Cheek led the team with 9.95s. This was a career high for Rogers and season high for Cheek. Utah scored a 49.225 on bars.
Chelsea Davis posted a 9.95 on bars, finishing first on the event for the 10th time this season and tying her career high. Tanella set a career high with a 9.925. Georgia earned a 49.375 on bars while Utah put up a 49.350 on vault. At the halfway mark, the Gym Dogs led 98.900-98.575.
Both teams tallied a 49.225 during the third rotation. Utah competed on floor and Georgia was on beam. Four of the Gym Dogs posted 9.875s, which was the highest score on the event for Georgia.
The Gym Dogs clinched the win on floor with four scores of 9.9 or higher and a season-high 49.525 on the event. Worley concluded her career at home with a season high of 9.95; this also ties her career high. Rogers also posted a 9.95, setting a career high, and Persinger tied her career high with a 9.9. Utah finished the evening with a beam score of 49.175.
“This was the best meet of my life,” said Tanella. “It’s amazing. It’s like icing on the cake.”
Razorbacks post best road score of the year
MINNIEAPOLIS, Minn. – Junior All-American Katherine Grable takes a pair of titles as the No. 24 University of Arkansas gymnastics team (6-6-1, 1-4-1 SEC) scored a 196.350, the team’s best road score of the season as they finish second in a quad meet at the University of Minnesota, 196.450; Centenary, 190.525 and Nebraska, 196.100.
Grable finished tied for first in the all-around competition as well as on the beam. Shelby Salmon finished second on the bars followed by fellow Razorback Amy Borsellino who finished third. Grable would add a second place finish on the vault and a third place finish on the floor as well.
“Every quarter-tenth matters,” co-head coach René Lyst said. “Scoring I thought was definitely tight, but I am very pleased with the way our team competed tonight. They competed the way you want them to compete in a pressure situation, which is the way you want them to do every meet.”
In rotation one, the Razorbacks started on the beam with a 48.850. Grable led the way with a 9.90 for the meet followed by senior Kelci Lewis with a 9.850. After the rotation the Razorbacks would be in third place.
Minnesota would score a 49.250 on the vault, Centenary tallied a 48.000 on the floor and Nebraska picked up a 49.250 on bars in rotation one.
On the floor, the Razorbacks would tumble their way to second place after two rotations with a 49.100. Grable paced the Razorbacks with a 9.875 followed by Borsellino with a 9.825. Lewis, Sydnie Dillard and Bailee Zumwalde each added a 9.80 for the event as well.
Minnesota scored a 48.950 on the bars to give them a total of 98.200 halfway through the meet. Centenary added a 47.425 on the floor for a total of 95.425 followed by Nebraska with a 48.450 on the beam for a 97.650 at the end of the second rotation.
On the vault, the Razorbacks recorded 49.150 led by Grable with a 9.90 he second 9.90 of the meet. Heather Elswick and Lewis would each add a 9.85 for the event, followed by Borsellino and Zumwalde whom each had a score 9.775.
Minnesota scored a 49.100 on the beam in rotation three, followed by Centenary with a 47.500 on the bars and Nebraska with a 49.075 on the bars. The Razorbacks would maintain their position in second place after three rotations.
On the bars, the Razorbacks would match their best rotation of the season with a 49.250. Salmon lead the way with a 9.90, followed by freshman Erin Freier with a 9.85 and senior Jordan Salsberg with a 9.825. All-arounders Borsellino and Grable added a 9.875 and a 9.800 respectively.
“To start out on the beam was good for us,” Lyst said. “We know that starting on the beam is a real possibility for us at NCAA Regionals, and that was really big for our team to respond the way that they did. The team did great by continuing to build after the first rotation and this definitely boosts our confidence for the future.”