Welcome to Friday, Bulldog fans! And in the early months of the year, that means the Gym Dogs are probably in action. These ladies are peaking just as the season is winding down. Speaking of peak, nothing is peak Georgia more than beating the rival Gators in the State of Florida.
The University of Georgia Women’s Gymnastics team traveled to Gainesville last week to face the #3 Florida Gators. The Gym Dogs started on Bars while the Gators were on Vault and we came away with a .025 point lead. Swapping events, the Gators turned the tide and scored 49.400 on Bars while we tallied 49.350, so the lead was then in Florida’s favor by .025.
As the ladies in Red & Black move to floor, they racked up a 49.350 - the highest road score on floor this season. The Leapin’ Lizards had a few wobbles and could only muster a 49.175 on beam, so Georgia headed into the last event, the Devil’s Apparatus, with a .125 lead. And with Florida heading to the crowd-popular floor, it was anything but a sure thing. Though Florida racked up a 49.525, the Athenians came through with a 49.475 (9.950 for Vega in the anchor spot), and the Bulldogs clinched the win at 197.450 - 197.375.
This was not only the first time Georgia has defeated Florida in Gainesville since 2008, but also a key high road score that will help Georgia in seedings for the upcoming Regional meets in the post-season.
There is no rest for our Gymnastic Warriors. They immediately must pack for a trip to Red Stick to face the #4 LSU Tigers. Rumour has it that LSU employs a certain assistant coach that Georgia fans may or may not have strong feelings toward. Any way you slice it, this will be a very tough match with a hostile crowd. The good news is that if UGA racks up another 197 or so, they will be in great position to the ultimate goal - the Super Six/Four/Some Number. And we now know the lineups for tomorrow’s big SEC/National clash:
It’s almost that time of week again pic.twitter.com/HqAapdwAWj— Georgia Gymnastics (@UGAGymnastics) February 28, 2019
The event will start Friday, March 1, at 9:00 ET (8:00 ET in Louisiana) and be broadcast on ESPN2. Tune in to see these incredible athletes and enjoy this sport at it’s finest. And as always...