Gym Dogs Score Season-High 197.800 In Win At NC State
RALEIGH, N.C.-----The sixth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team used a season-high score and the second-highest road mark of any team this year to defeat NC State in the regular season finale, 197.800-196.000 Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Gym Dogs (8-6-1) turned in their highest regular season road score since a 197.825 at Alabama in 2004 and a 49.625 on the balance beam, which ties the second-highest mark in program history.
"This was huge for our confidence," said UGA coach Danna Durante. "We surpassed our goal today, and I'm really proud of them. It was an incredible team effort.
"I've been saying that beam could be our strongest event, and we saw today what they do in practice every day. It's just how they train. Sarah Persinger found her rhythm to start us off, and I'm super proud of all of them. I can't say enough about them; they did an amazing job."
The Gym Dogs opened the meet with a 49.35 on bars, which is just .075 shy of the season-high on the road. Chelsea Davis led the team again with a 9.925, her 10th straight score of 9.9 or higher on bars. Shayla Worley and Brittany Rogers added a pair of 9.875s, while NC State turned in a 49.0 on vault in the first rotation.
Georgia then went to vault and scored its season-high on the road with a 49.4. Cat Hires tied her career-high with a 9.925, and Lindsey Cheek and Brandie Jay closed the rotation by scoring a pair of 9.9s. With the Wolfpack's 49.1 on bars, UGA led at the halfway point, 98.750-98.100.
In the third rotation, Georgia posted its second-highest mark on floor this season with a 49.425. Jay scored a career-high 9.975 in the anchor, and Mary Beth Box turned in a 9.9 in the first floor routine of her career. After three rotations, Georgia led 148.175-146.875, which equaled its highest score through three rotations this year.
The Gym Dogs closed the meet with the highest road beam score in school history - a 49.625 - helped by five career-highs. Sarah Persinger and Noel Couch started the rotation with two 9.9s, then Lindsey Cheek went 9.925 before Shayla Worley and Kaylan Earls closed the meet with 9.95s.
"It was a great meet today," Worley said. "If you look at the last two meets we keep improving, and it shows that we are peaking at the right time. This builds our confidence going into SECs."
Rogers won the all-around for the third time in four meets with a 39.4. A Georgia gymnast owned or shared first on all four events: Hires on vault, davis on bars, Worley and Earls on beam, and Jay on floor.
Razorbacks set season best road score of 196.600
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Junior All-American Katherine Grable placed second in the all-around competition as the No. 15 University of Arkansas gymnastics team (6-7-1, 1-4-1 SEC) scored a 196.600, the team’s best road score of the season as they finish second behind the UCLA Bruins who scored a 197.425.
Grable finished tied for third in the vault, beam and floor competition, while junior Shelby Salmon and freshman Erin Freier finished tied for second on the bars as the team picked up season-high road scores in back-to-back meets.
“We are hitting our stride at the right time,” co-head coach Mark Cook said. “This meet was big for our team right now, after back-to-back season highs on the road, it really sets us up for the SEC Championships”
In rotation one, the Razorbacks started on the bars with a 49.100. Salmon and Freier led the team with a pair of 9.85’s, followed by Grable with a 9.825 and then a 9.80 from senior Amy Borsellino.
UCLA would score a 49.500 on the vault, led by senior Vanessa Zamarripa who scored her eighth career perfect 10.0.
On the vault, the Razorbacks picked up a 49.225 for a total of 98.325 through two rotations. Grable paced the Razorbacks with a 9.90 followed by Kelci Lewis with a 9.875. Borsellino and Heather Elswick each added a 9.825 for the event as well, the Bailee Zumwalde followed suit with a 9.80.
UCLA scored a 49.125 on the bars to give them a total of 98.625 halfway through the meet.
On the floor, the Razorbacks recorded 49.275 led by Borsellino and Grable with a pair of 9.90’s. Lewis chimed in with a 9.875, followed by a pair of 9.80’s from freshman Sydnie Dillard and Zumwalde. The Razorbacks would have a total of 147.600 through three rotations.
UCLA scored a 49.250 on the beam in rotation three, to give them a total of 147.875 after three rotations.
On the beam, the Razorbacks would score a 49.000 on the beam to finish with a 196.600 and the best road score of the season. Grable led the way with a 9.85, followed by Freier with a 9.825. Dillard also added a 9.80 for the event.
UCLA finished off the meet with a 49.550 on the floor to give them a 197.425 for the meet.