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Gym Dogs Look To Tame Tigers

NCAA Gymnastics: Women’s Gymnastics Championships Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Gym Dogs took care of business last Friday, putting up a season-high 197.475 in their first SEC win care of the Arkansas gymnastics team. There were accolades aplenty from the match, with Sydney Snead scoring a 39.600 in the All-Around (her career best) and season-highs in bars (9.8), beam (9.925), and floor (9.925).

Junior Sabrina Vega caught some of that spotlight too, with a 9.9 on vault (season-high) and 9.925 on beam (season and meet high). Obviously it was a team effort to eclipse the 197 mark (2nd time this season), and included stand-out performances by Rachel Dickson on floor, and freshman Mikayla Magee on beam and floor.

If the Gym Dogs want to notch a 2nd conference win, they will have to continue their recent trend. But this time is against the 13th ranked Missouri Tigers, and on the road in CoMo. I don’t know the full line-up, but here’s what you can usually expect:

Senior Sydney Snead will compete in all four disciplines. She currently boasts a season average of 39.354 in the All-Around.
Junior Rachel Dickson also competes in the All-Around with an average of 39.012, and she stands out in the uneven bars (2nd best on team) and floor.
Fellow Junior standout Sabrina Vega averages over a 9.850 on beam and vault, and her 9.904 average on floor backs up her incredible routines there.
Sophomores Marissa Oakley and Emily Schild are usually on the bars.
Freshman Alexa Al-Hameed has been a mainstay on bars, and fellow first year Rachel Baumann has competed every week on beam. Rachael Lukacs is living up to billing on both vault and floor.

The meet is broadcast on the SEC+ Network (check your local listings) and starts at 7:00 pm CT (8:00 in Athens). Georgia lost it’s last SEC road test at Auburn last month, so they have a second chance to beat the Tigers away from home (albeit nicer Tigers). Sure enough they will go to Baton Rouge to face LSU later in the season. All 3 Tigers, all 3 on the road. But for now... Just. Beat. Missouri. And as always...