Another week is in the books, as are a pair of NCAA champions representing the University of Georgia. We have multiple other groups of Georgia athletes with chances to win an NCAA title starting this week, and a whole lot going on around the Classic City as the weather warms up. So let your humble scribbler catch you up on the action...
We'll get the small bits, or already seen bits out of the way. Gymnastics posted their best score of the season on senior night upsetting top 5 Utah. GlimmerTwin, as we love to see, let's us know how things look for former Dawgs swinging sticks for a living. And while men's basketball struggled with Arkansas Saturday, DANCING DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN, and Mark Fox's men will prepare for a lunch date Friday with Tom Izzo and Michigan St (silly fact to impress your friends: Izzo is the uncle of former walk-on and current basketball Operations Coordinator Matt Bucklin).
TRACK AND FIELD
While hoops didn't have fun with Arkansas this weekend, our track and field ladies sure did. After sweeping the indoor and outdoor titles last year, junior Leontia Kallenou is going for the clean sweep again in the high jump. The native of the island of Cyprus set the record for Georgia, and her country, by clearing 6'4 in the high jump Friday night. Sophomore Kendell Williams, out of Kell High School in Marietta, has yet to compete in an NCAA Championship without winning it. And she did it again for the third time (indoor and outdoor), setting a collegiate record in the pentathlon. Barring injury, it seems a safe bet we can watch both girls in the summer of 2016 in Rio for the Olympics. Garnering second place finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark this past weekend were senior Garrett Scantling (heptathlon) and freshman Keturah Orji (triple jump). Also scoring points for the 3rd placing women and 15th placed men were Kendell's older brother Devon Williams(5th, heptathlon), senior Quintunya Chapman (5th, pentathlon), senior Morgann Leleux (7th, pole vault), junior Chanice Porter (7th, long jump), and sophomore Tatiana Gusin (7th, high jump).
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Freshman Olivia Ball qualified for the NCAA Championships this coming weekend in Greensboro, NC, diving in the 3- and 1-meter spring board events. The men found out they can send 15 athletes to Iowa later this month for their NCAA Championships. Jack Bauerle is taking 18 of his ladies to Greensboro, including Ball.
Athens Country Club is hosting the Southern Intercollegiate as I type this morning. You can catch the Dawgs, and several others, today and tomorrow on the course. Junior Lee McCoy is one of the leaders for Georgia, and has been named to the Ben Hogan Award watch list.
The Dawgs won, and won, and won, and won this weekend. The men traveled north to drop Kentucky Saturday and swept Tennessee 4-0 Thursday. Nathan Pasha gave his thoughts on the first four SEC showdowns before this past weekend's events, too. They take a short break from SEC play when Eastern Tennessee comes to the Dan Magill courts Thursday at 2:30, before hosting South Carolina Sunday at 1. Jeff Wallace's women meanwhile stuck around town this past weekend, taking out Vanderbilt Sunday and Kentucky Friday. They'll head to Knoxville Saturday to square off with the Lady Vols at noon.
Mid week was nice with two wins over App St, while the weekend saw Scott Stricklin's squad drop 3 to Mizzou. The Diamond Dawgs head down to Macon Tuesday evening for a 6 pm game with Mercer before spending the weekend in Knoxville too, playing a three game series with Tennessee.
The Lady Diamond Dawgs finally got to face Savannah St after multiple rain outs, sweeping a double header mid week. Top 5 Alabama was in town over the weekend, and while our women won one of two in a Saturday double-header, they fell 4-2 Sunday. They will be in Atlanta Wednesday evening at 6 for a game against Georgia Tech, before hosting Arkansas off Milledge Avenue for 3 games this coming weekend.
The ladies soccer team will be in Atlanta Thursday evening at 7:30 for a friendly with Auburn (as friendly as a game between Georgia and Auburn can be). I tried looking but can't find where the game will be held in Atlanta, so if anyone can add that info, it'd be much appreciated in the comments below.
We'll deal with a touch of football, even though we are beyond the hedges. G-Day kickoff was announced this past week, 2 p.m. on Saturday April 11. And Greg McGarity updated how things are going on an Indoor Practice Facility.
So until next time, Goooooooooooooooooo Dawgs!