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Current SEC Player of the Week and Georgia infielder Lacey Sumerlin (25) during the Bulldogs' game against Kentucky at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. on Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Photo by Cory A. Cole)
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We’re entering the last month or so of spring semester, so while a couple seasons are reaching mid way, several others are winding down their years. Georgia has a lot of athletic fronts it competes upon, so let’s get to them.

GYMNASTICS

As you may have seen, the GymDawgs went down to Florida (Jacksonville, to be precise) for the SEC Championships, finished fourth, and as a punishment are forced to return to Florida (Gainesville this time). Making it to the Super Six is the hope, and our path goes through (or around) the Gators.

GOLF

If you want to know how the former Dawgs are doing on the PGA Tour, just ask ol’ GlimmerTwin. As for the current GreenDawgs, the men are in Greenesboro for the Linger Longer where senior Greyson Sigg entered the day sitting in first place. The team sat sixth though coming in to today, after finishing seventh at the Southern Intercollegiate last week. The women didn’t have much better luck in Los Angeles.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

It’s been nearly a decade since Jack Bauerle’s Lady WaterDawgs weren’t among the five best teams in the country when a season was said and done. That didn’t change last weekend when they came in fourth at the NCAA Championships for the team’s ninth consecutive top five finish. The men will be in Indianapolis themselves for their NCAA Championships starting tomorrow. Ten will be in the pool, hoping for nine out of ten finishes in the top 10 after coming in fifth last season.

TRACK AND FIELD

It’s always nice to win at Georgia Tech, and 14 Dawgs won at the Yellow Jacket Invitational to open their outdoor season Friday.

TENNIS

The men took down Tennessee to improve to 5-0 in SEC matches after a Friday defeat at the hands of top ranked Wake Forest. They’ll host LSU and Alabama this weekend. The ladies meanwhile, they did some nice things. The weekend ended with a 4-0 stomping of South Carolina on the road, and started with just 4-1 win over top ranked Florida, in Florida. That last part is the important bit, as it snapped a Lady Gator run of .... (with a tip of the hat to our old friend, NCT)

163 consecutive home wins (since 2004);

159 consecutive regular-season home wins (since a 2002 loss to UGA);

97 consecutive home SEC wins (since the 2002 loss to UGA);

17 consecutive regular-season SEC wins;

26 consecutive regular-season wins.

They are now 205-2 all-time at home against SEC opponents. Both losses were to Georgia.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Diamond Dawgs took the rubber match with top 20 Kentucky last night on the SEC Network 3-1. Now 26-4, they’ll head to LSU this weekend for a series with the Tigers complete with current SEC Player of the Week in sophomore SS Lacey Sumerlin and a pair of elite table setters at the top of the order hoping to improve upon their current 2-1 SEC record.

BASEBALL

It wasn’t a good week for the Diamond Dawgs, getting swept in their SEC opening series at LSU, after a mid week pairing that included an 8-7 win over Presbyterian College and an extra innings home loss to Mercer. A 5 p.m. start with Kennesaw St, at Kennesaw St, is on tap for today before Scott Stricklin’s pups host Auburn at Foley Field this weekend.

EQUESTRIAN

The HorseDawgs travel to Auburn and the SEC Championships Friday, where they take on South Carolina at 2:30. Depending on the results of the semifinals, they take on either Texas A&M or the host school, Auburn, on Saturday. The National Championships will be at Baylor in Waco, Texas next month.

And as always, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!