Spring is here, and that means games are going all over the place. But while well over 90,000 watched what went on between the hedges Saturday, there was a ton of interesting action going on beyond those hedges. And in that action, Georgia got some winners. Everyone loves a winner, right? So I'll tell you about some of them.
The GymDawgs were in Texas over the weekend, competing for the Super Six. They finished third, behind top 5 LSU and Florida. This marked their third trip to the final meet at the NCAAs in four seasons under Danna Durante. Unfortunately, Georgia came in 6th of the 6, but seniors Brandie Jay and Brittany Rogers came home NCAA Champions. Jay, from Colorado, won the vault with a 9.95, while Rogers, a member of the 2012 Canada Olympic team, had a 9.95 on the uneven bars for her national championship. These two make for the 19th and 20th individual national titles among GymDawgs, and marked the first time Georgia had multiple individual NCAA champs since 2008.
The 4th ranked women had a disappointing 6th place finish at the SEC Championships. They'll learn their NCAA regional next Monday, for rounds to be played May 5-7. The men, on the other hand, brought home their 8th SEC title under coach Chris Haack, first since 2010. Senior Lee McCoy led the way for the Dawgs, and the conference, winning the SEC individual crown with a 3-under 207 and capping things off by sinking a 25-foot putt on the 18th green Sunday at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course. The men's regionals will be held May 16-18.
The men finished the SEC regular season a perfect 12-0, and will shoot for the 40th SEC title (including regular season and tournament) this weekend in Columbia, SC at the SEC Tourney. This marks the 18th SEC regular season title under long time legendary head coach Manuel Diaz. Jeff Wallace's women will be the 3 seed in Baton Rouge for their SEC Tourney, after beating 11th ranked South Carolina Sunday but losing to fourth-ranked Florida Friday.
A week ago, Georgia was just back from Texas where A&M demolished them. Then came a shock upset of Georgia Tech, and then took of three from South Carolina over the weekend at home. That series was capped by a pair of solo shots in their final time up Sunday afternoon to ensure a 5-3 victory over the second ranked Gamecocks. Those homers tripled the season earned runs allowed total for star junior closer Josh Reagan, who entered the game having allowed just one run in 29 innings this season. The Diamond Dawgs will be in Clemson Tuesday before heading down to Gainesville, FL for a Thursday through Saturday set.
TRACK AND FIELD
For the 10th consecutive season, both the men and women's cross country team for Georgia earned All-Academic honors. And a handful just posted the best times of their careers at the Mt. SAC relays. Estonian decathlete Karl Saluri and high jumper Mady Fagan were named SEC Field athletes of the week last week.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Georgia has three swimmers on the Canadian Olympic team. One of them, departing senior Brittany MacLean, was named SEC Female Swimmer of the Year, as departing senior Ty Stewart won Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Jack Bauerlere won Coach of the Year.
Joni Taylor signed JUCO guard Simone Costa.
The tenth-ranked Lady Diamond Dawgs saw two of their own selected in the top 15 of the recent Pro Softball draft, with 3B Alex Hugo going 10th and P Chelsea Wilkinson 14th. They'll look to get a W after two disappointing games over the weekend to top 15 Tennessee tonight at 7.
Georgia fell in the semifinals at the national championships to TCU.