It just means you have to face another very good team every week.
At least if you’re an SEC gymnastics team, as the SEC is the deepest conference in the country. And our ladies from Athens head out to Red Stick for a meet against the #LSU Tigers.
Georgia is coming off an okay performance in Gainesville last Friday night, where they fell to the clear #1 Florida Gators 197.250-196.075. Florida showed why they were #1, even with a fall on beam. And Georgia showed it is almost top 10 material - a good, but not elite team just yet.
The Gym Dogs failed to more than one 9.900 or higher in any event, but were mostly solid through the rotation. Except maybe for beam, where a lone 9.8+ was paired with 9.7s, 9.6s, and a score in the 9.5s. The bright spot is that the winner of the meet All-Around was the Athenian Sophomore Hayley de Jong with a total score of 39.175 - consistent in every event.
In a nice moment, Rachel Baumann shared 2nd place in the floor event. Her score of 9.925 is very good, but the kicker is who she shared it with. Her sister, Senior Gator Gymnast Alyssa Baumann.
I don’t know if there will be any sisterly love against the Tigers tonight. They are averaging close to a full point higher than UGA is in the early going, and have the athletes to break 197 every time they step on the mats. But if there’s one thing we’ve seen from Coach Courtney Kupets-Carter, is that her teams do improve through the season. And the fact that Coach swapped up the lineups in Florida mid-meet shows she has her eye on the pulse and is looking for that winning combination.
And as always...