Georgia Gym Dogs Post 197.825 to Claim Fifth Straight National Title for Suzanne Yoculan

Cheesy, campy sports movies always conclude with heartrending, sappy storybook endings. Why do they do that? Because that’s how athletic events often wind up in reality, my friends.

So it was with the final meet of Suzanne Yoculan’s storied coaching career and Courtney Kupets’s stellar collegiate career.

In the 2009 N.C.A.A. Women’s Gymnastics Championships on Friday night, the top three performers in the vault were Gym Dogs, as were the top two gymnasts on the uneven parallel bars and the top two scorers on the balance beam. The Red and Black garnered six of the top ten individual marks in the floor exercise.

Courtney Kupets carded 9.95s on the beam and on the floor, as well as perfect 10s on the bars and in the vault.

As a team, Georgia earned a 49.2 on the beam. Of the "Super Six" teams competing for the national title (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana State, and Utah were the other five), only the Crimson Tide (49.325) surpassed the Gym Dogs’ mark in the event, although the Gators matched it.

The Red and Black’s 49.425 on the bars was the best tally chalked by any participating squad. The Bulldog gymnasts posted a 49.575 on the floor, surpassing all other scores in that quadrant of the competition. Georgia put up a 49.625 in the vault, for which the next-best score was the Utes’ 49.525.

In the end, despite some early struggles for the Gym Dogs, it was a runaway victory for Coach Yoculan’s final Red and Black team. Georgia came away with a 197.825 score to outpace second-place Alabama (197.575), third-place Utah (197.425), and fellow participants Florida (196.725), Arkansas (196.475), and L.S.U. (196.375).

The congratulations of a grateful Bulldog Nation go out to Suzanne Yoculan, Courtney Kupets, and the Gym Dogs on a glorious run that culminated this evening in the Red and Black’s fifth consecutive national gymnastics championship.


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