Having begun the season with a win over eighth-ranked Stanford, the Gym Dogs traveled to Lexington last night to open their conference schedule against No. 22 Kentucky. Suzanne Yoculan's squad once again emerged victorious, despite a somewhat lackluster effort.
The Red and Black got off to a solid start in the first rotation, registering a 49.25 team tally on the bars on the strength of the scores of Kelsey Ericksen (9.925) and Courtney Kupets (9.875). During the opening stanza of the meet, the home team went rather quietly in the vault, with no U.K. gymnast exceeding Krystle Cook's 9.825.
No, not that Krystle!
The two teams then switched positions for the second rotation, during which the gap between the squads widened. Four Gym Dogs recorded marks of 9.775 or better in the vault, resulting in a 49.0 team tally, while the Blue and White managed just a 48.225 on the bars, led by Lucy Burgin's 9.825.
Georgia's performance in the floor exercise gave the Gym Dogs their lowest score of the meet. Despite Katie Heenan's 9.85 and Courtney McCool's 9.825, the Red and Black emerged from the third rotation with a 48.8 mark, which still surpassed Kentucky's 48.45 score on the beam.
No, not that Heenan! (Photograph from Percy Pringle.)
Led by McCool and Grace Taylor, each of whom registered a 9.85 on the beam, Georgia posted a 48.925 in the final rotation. Cook also recorded a 9.85 in the closing portion of the meet, but it was not enough to lift the home team above a 48.325 on the floor, giving the Gym Dogs the edge in each phase.
The Red and Black will put their 2-0 ledger to the test once more next Friday, January 19, when the Georgia gymnasts will go on the road again to face Arkansas in the Natural State.