The Gym Dogs' magical season continued as Suzanne Yoculan's Georgia squad finished first overall in the S.E.C. gymnastics championships in Birmingham on Saturday night.
The Red and Black scored 49.15 in the vault, bettering second-place Alabama's 48.975 score. The Gym Dogs and 'Bama tied for the lead in the uneven bars at 49.325 apiece. Georgia's 49.2 on the balance beam beat out the Crimson Tide's 49.175. Finally, in the floor exercise, the Bulldogs finished atop the heap with a 49.6, a score superior to the 49.5 achieved by Alabama.
In the end, the Gym Dogs were the only S.E.C. squad to break 197, so Georgia's 197.275 finish was enough to claim the top spot in the league championships.
Noteworthy scores by individual gymnasts were posted by the Red and Black's Kelsey Ericksen (39.625), Courtney Kupets (39.55), Tiffany Tolnay (39.4), and Katie Heenan (39.325). A pair of Alabama gymnasts (Ashley Miles and Melanie Banville) had all-around scores exceeding 39.4, as well, and mention ought also to be made of Auburn's Julie Dwyer, not because she posted a 39.275 but because she did so despite the fact that her death in the Y.M.C.A. pool was the catalyst for the events of "Clerks" and "Mallrats."
Next up for the unbeaten Georgia gymnastics squad are the N.C.A.A. championships, where the Gym Dogs hope to cap off their campaign with another national title.