Jay Clark's Gym Dogs received a gift from the NCAA on Monday, when it was announced that Georgia will host the NCAA Athens Regional on April 2 as a second-seeded squad. The Bulldogs' draw includes top-seeded (and sixth-ranked) UCLA, LSU, N.C. State, Maryland, and West Virginia. The Red and Black have faced three of those teams already this season, posting a 4-0 mark against them.
The top two teams from each regional meet will advance to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Cleveland. Given Georgia's home floor advantage in a competition that features only one higher-ranked team and no teams that have beaten the Bulldogs in 2011, anything less than a second-place finish on April 2 would have to be regarded as a disaster, but it wouldn't be the first such disaster under Coach Clark. Lady Luck just looked down upon Stegeman Coliseum and smiled from ear to ear; let's see if she's still grinning when the dust settles in a couple of weeks.