Georgia Gymnastics Season Recaps
The goal all season long for the 2014 Georgia gymnastics team was to improve on last year's finish, and the Gym Dogs did just that. Despite losing four seniors from the 2013 team who earned a combined nine All-America honors, Georgia placed fifth in the NCAA Super Six - its best finish since the 2009 national championship season. The Gym Dogs did it by navigating through what was rated as the toughest schedule in the country. UGA recorded 14 wins over ranked opponents, including seven against teams ranked in the top-10.
Georgia advanced to the Super Six by placing second in the afternoon session of the NCAA semifinals with a 197.300. The Gym Dogs scored a 196.000 or higher in every competition for just the second time in program history, and the 2014 team became just the second Georgia team to post a 197.000 or higher in each home meet.
Seven Georgia gymnasts earned a total of 16 All-America honors in 2014. NCAA First Team All-Americans included Lindsey Cheek (vault, bars, beam), Brandie Jay (vault, floor) and Mary Box (beam). Box also earned second team honors on floor, along with Cat Hires, while Chelsea Davis was a second-team All-American on bars. Cheek is the first four-time first team vault All-American in Georgia history, and she moved into ninth on the Gym Dogs' all-time single season beam points list.
NACGC/W Regular Season All-America honors went to Cheek (first team bars; second team vault and beam), Davis (first team bars), Kaylan Earls (first team beam) and Brittany Rogers (second team bars and all-around).
Cheek was named the first ever SEC Event Specialist of the Year by vote of the league's head coaches, and Lauren Johnson claimed a share of the SEC vault title with her thrilling 9.975 at the SEC Championship. Cheek, Davis, Johnson and Kiera Brown were named to the All-SEC team.
Jay Hogue and Philip Ogletree were voted NACGC/W Southeast Region Assistant Coaches of the Year.
Finished the season ranked sixth nationally ... Georgia peaked at the right time on vault as the top four team vault scores came in the last month of the season ... Lauren Johnson won a share of the SEC vault title, becoming the 21st SEC vault champion in UGA history ... vault coach Philip Ogletree was named NACGC/W Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year ... The 49.625 against Denver on March 8 tied for the highest vault score of any team in the regular season.
For the last 10 weeks of the season, Georgia was ranked No. 1 nationally on the uneven bars ... The high mark of the year - and over the last 15 years - came on March 22 when the Gym Dogs set an SEC Championship record with a 49.7 ... Georgia also posted a 49.675 in the second rotation against Arkansas to tie what was then the seventh-best bars score in school history ... Georgia used the same bars lineup in all 15 meets. Three Gym Dogs were ranked in the top-nine nationally on bars: Chelsea Davis and Lindsey Cheek were tied for second, Brittany Rogers was ninth, Kiera Brown was tied for 19th and Brandie Jay is tied for No. 24 ... bars coach Jay Hogue was named NACGC/W Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Georgia was ranked sixth in the country on the balance beam ... Two Gym Dogs finished in the top-three on beam in the NCAA Championships - Lindsey Cheek was the NCAA runner-up, and Mary Beth Box tied for third ... Kaylan Earls (seventh) was the highest ranked Gym Dog on beam ... By the end of the season, Georgia's beam lineup consisted of three freshmen and a sophomore.
Georgia had more NCAA All-Americans on floor (Brandie Jay, Mary Beth Box, Cat Hires) than on any other event ... The Gym Dogs saved one of their best floor performances of the year for one of the biggest moments of the year as they scored a 49.45 in the NCAA Prelims to secure a spot in the Super Six ... Georgia finished the season ranked No. 10 on floor.
|When Danna Durante was hired as Georgia's new head coach in May of 2012, she took over a program trying to reach the NCAA Super Six for the first time since 2009. The Gym Dogs did just that in 2013, qualifying for the Super Six for the first time since winning the fifth of five straight NCAA titles four years ago.
With the help of the second-highest score of any team in the NCAA Regionals - a 197.425 in Corvallis, Ore. - Georgia earned the No. 4 seed for the NCAA Championships. The Gym Dogs placed third in the afternoon semifinal session with a 197.150, and would go on to place sixth the following night and achieve the team's highest final ranking (No. 6) since 2009.
A pair of Georgia gymnasts won three SEC individual titles. Freshman Brittany Rogers shared the SEC championship on the uneven bars and balance beam with a 9.95 on both events. She shared the beam title with senior Shayla Worley. It was the third straight year and 28th time overall that a Georgia gymnast has won the SEC bars title, and Rogers and Worley became the 16th and 17th Gym Dogs to win the beam title.
Eight different Georgia gymnasts earned a total of 15 All-America honors in 2013. This season marked the first that the NACGC/W named an All-America Team at the conclusion of the regular season. The Gym Dogs who earned NACGC/W All-America honors include first teamers Chelsea Davis (bars) and Shayla Worley (beam) and second team selections Lindsey Cheek (beam), Kaylan Earls (beam), Brandie Jay (vault) and Brittany Rogers (bars). Seven Georgia gymnasts earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. Places 1-4 (plus ties) in each event and the all-around in each semifinal session are considered first team All-Americans. Places 5-8 (plus ties) are considered second team All-Americans. Davis earned first team honors on vault and bars, while Jay and Cheek earned first team honors on vault. Second team All-Americans were Cheek (beam), Noel Couch (floor), Rogers (bars), Christa Tanella (bars) and Shayla Worley (bars). In Georgia history, 70 different gymnasts have earned 346 All-America honors.
Also of note: the Gym Dogs scored a 49.625 on beam at NC State on March 17, which stands as the second-highest beam score in school history. The following week, Georgia scored a 49.5 on beam at the SEC Championship. That was just a quarter-tenth shy of the highest beam score by UGA in an SEC Championship meet … Georgia notched wins over Alabama and Utah for the first time since 2009 … Georgia gymnasts earned six weekly honors from the SEC. Brittany Rogers was named SEC Freshman of the Week three times, Brandie Jay twice, and Kaylan Earls earned SEC Specialist of the Week honors … Georgia's first place finish at the NCAA Corvallis Regional was its 23rd regional title, and the Gym Dogs qualified for the NCAA Championships for the 29th time.
|For the second straight year Kat Ding capped Georgia's season by winning an NCAA individual title at the national championships in Duluth, Ga. This year, however, she won two titles, repeating as the national champion on the uneven bars in addition to winning the floor title. Ding claimed the 39th and 40th individual NCAA titles in Georgia history and the 11th on bars and floor. UGA's 40 titles leads all teams, and the Gym Dogs have now won 14 individual crowns in the last six years.
It was the second straight NCAA bars title for Ding, who becomes the eighth gymnast in Georgia history to win national titles in multiple years and the first to win back-to-back crowns on an individual event since Heather Stepp on vault in 1992 and 1993. Ding joins former gymnasts Courtney Kupets (2006, 2007, 2009), Kim Arnold (1998), Stepp (1993), Hope Spivey (1991) and Corrinne Wright (1989) as the only Gym Dogs to win more than one national title in the same year.
Ding is the second gymnast to repeat as the outright NCAA uneven bars champion and the first since Georgia's Lucy Wener in 1986 and 1987. Ding was fourth up on bars and posted a career-best 9.9875 as four judges awarded her routine with a 10. Then on floor she turned in a career-best 9.95 in the No. 6 position.
The Gym Dogs made their 28th appearance at the NCAA Championships and finished fifth in the second semifinal session, despite posting the highest vault score and tying for second on bars. UGA entered the meet without counting a fall all year, but had to count two falls on the balance beam.
Eight Gym Dogs earned a total of 13 All-America honors. The last time eight Gym Dogs achieved All-America status was in 2008, and the only year Georgia had more All-Americans was in 1998 when it had nine.
Ding led the way with four first team All-America honors in the all-around, vault, bars and floor. The NCAA champion on bars and floor, Ding was the runner-up in the all-around and placed third on vault.
Chelsea Davis earned first team All-America honors on the uneven bars and second team honors on vault and floor. Sophomore Lindsey Cheek claimed first team honors on vault. Senior Gina Nuccio was a second-team All-American on the bars, and junior Noel Couch earned second team honors on vault.
Two Gym Dogs earned second team honors on the balance beam, including Shayla Worley and Laura Moffatt, while Sarah Persinger was a second team selection on floor.
|Georgia junior Kat Ding capped the 2011 gymnastics season by winning the national title on the uneven bars at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Ding became the 38th national champion in Georgia gymnastics history and the 10th on bars. UGA's 38 national titles is more than any other team in the country, and the Gym Dogs have now won 12 individual crowns in the last five years.
The Gym Dogs advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 27th time and finished in a tie for fourth in the semifinals. Georgia gymnasts earned a total of eight All-American honors at the national championships: Cassidy McComb earned first team honors on floor and in the all-around after she tied for third and second team honors on beam, Noel Couch claimed second team honors in the all-around and on vault and floor, while Ding and Lindsey Cheek claimed first team honors on bars and vault, respectively.
McComb was also named co-Southeast Region Gymnast of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches. The senior from Las Vegas, Nev., competed in the all-around in all 14 meets for the Gym Dogs and won 17 individual titles including the SEC all-around. Couch also competed in the all-around in every meet.
Georgia had four of the SEC's top performers on the uneven bars in 2011. NCAA champion Ding had the league's top score on the event, while Gina Nuccio, Shayla Worley and Cheek were tied for third. McComb turned in the SEC's highest score on vault.
Georgia finished with an 18-11-1 record with wins over eighth-ranked and national runner-up UCLA, No. 12 Arkansas and No. 16 Denver.
|The Georgia gymnastics team finished the 2010 season with a 13-8-1 record under first year head coach Jay Clark. The Gym Dogs had four wins against teams that qualified for the NCAA Championships including a victory over eventual national champion UCLA.
Although Georgia had its streak of 26 straight years of qualifying for the NCAA Championships come to an end, senior Courtney McCool qualified for the NCAA Individual Championships, and finished runner-up on the balance beam. The Lees Summit, Mo., native earned First Team All-America honors on beam and second team honors on floor.
The Gym Dogs posted the highest overall team score in the SEC by a wide margin, a 197.900 in the win against UCLA on March 6. That was second in the country to Oklahoma's 197.950 against Alabama on March 5.
Eight members of the Georgia gymnastics team were named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll, according to an announcement by the league office. Mariel Box, Kat Ding, Lauren Johnson, Marica Newby, Gina Nuccio, Lauren Sessler, Grace Taylor and Amber Trani were among the 42 UGA student-athletes honored. The 2009-10 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2009 Spring, Summer and Fall terms.
Georgia led the country in average attendance - both home and away. A total of 108,719 fans watched the Gym Dogs' 11 regular season meets this season - an average of 9,883 per meet. That is 1,000 more than second-place Alabama's average of 8,508 per meet. Utah is third with 8,030 per meet. The Gym Dogs also led the country with 96.05 percent capacity in its six home meets this season.
Three of Georgia's meets attracted more than 10,000 fans: 10,224 in the home opener against Stanford; 14,220 at Alabama on Jan. 15; and 15,552 at Utah on Jan. 22. The 15,552 fans at the Huntman Center in Salt Lake City is the largest crowd in the history of college women's gymnastics.
While Georgia did not win the SEC team championship this season, three Gym Dogs claimed SEC individual titles and two more were runners-up: Courtney McCool won the SEC floor title with a 9.950, Kat Ding won the SEC bars title with a 9.925 and Hilary Mauro tied for first on vault with a 9.900. Grace Taylor finished second on balance beam with a 9.925, and Marcia Newby was runner-up on the vault with a 9.875.
|The Georgia gymnastics team found the perfect way to send Coach Suzanne Yoculan into retirement.
With another NCAA title.
The Gym Dogs claimed the program's 10th national title to become the first team to reach double figures. Georgia also won its fifth straight title to close the career of its venerable coach in style.
Georgia scored a 197.825, its second-best score of the year, to outdistance second-place Alabama's 197.575 and third-place Utah's 197.425 in the NCAA Championship meet.
Senior Courtney Kupets, who won her third NCAA all-around title, paced the Gym Dogs with a career-best four-event score of 39.9 in the championship meet. Kupets had 10.0s on bars and vault as well as 9.95s on beam and floor.
Through two rotations on bars and beam, the Gym Dogs had a score of 98.625. Utilizing their bye, the Gym Dogs made some necessary "halftime adjustments" and came out strong on both floor and vault. Georgia went 49.575 on floor as each gymnast went 9.9 or higher and then posted a season-high 49.625 on vault.
Georgia opened on bars, scoring a 49.425 led by Kupets' 10.0. Tiffany Tolnay posted a 9.9, followed by Grace Taylor and Gina Nuccio each with a 9.85 and Kathryn Ding with a 9.825.
The Gym Dogs posted a 49.2 on beam as Kupets earned a 9.95 and Courtney McCool scored a 9.9. Georgia also counted a 9.875 from Tolnay, a 9.775 from Taylor and a 9.7 from Hilary Mauro.
Georgia came out of its first bye on fire, scoring a 49.575 on floor. After Stack, Mauro, McComb and Taylor got 9.9s to open for the Gym Dogs, Kupets went 9.95 and Tolnay went 9.925.
Ending on vault, the Gym Dogs recorded the season-high 49.625. Kupets nailed the 10.0, while Ding and Tolnay each had a 9.95, Newby scored a 9.875 and McComb added a 9.85.
|Georgia's 2008 NCAA title was its fourth in a row and ninth in program history, now tied for the most with Utah. Georgia is also the only team to win four straight since Utah won five from 1982-86. Georgia remains the only program to advance to the Super Six every year since the current format began in 1993.
This is the fourth time NCAAs have been held in Athens and Georgia's second time winning at home. They won in 1989 and 2008, finished second in 2001 and fifth in 1995. This is the 10th time in NCAA women's gymnastics a team has won the national title at home.
Georgia now has won 23 of its last 32 NCAA meets. In the four championship years from 2005-08, the Gym Dogs finished first at all eight sessions -- prelims and finals. Georgia concludes the year with a 31-2 record, winning all three postseason titles -- SECs, Regionals and NCAAs. This year's title was won despite losing to injury defending back-to-back NCAA All-Around Champion Courtney Kupets, who tore her Achilles in early March.
Head coach Suzanne Yoculan entered the Super Six with a 799-166-7 career record and posted her 800th victory in that meet. Her record now stands at 804-166-7 with nine NCAA titles, 16 SEC titles and 20 NCAA Regional titles. Her teams have placed in the nation's top 3 in 20 of the last 22 years.
Georgia's 2008 senior class -- comprised of Audrey Bowers, Nikki Childs, Megan Dowlen and Katie Heenan -- leaves Georgia as the winningest class in program history with four NCAA titles, three SEC titles, 19 All-America honors and a 131-9-1 record in four years.
|(31-2-1, 5-0-1 SEC) Won eighth NCAA Championship with a score of 197.850, becoming the first team to win three in a row since Utah in the early 1980s ... Sophomore Courtney Kupets won her second straight NCAA All-Around title - the fifth gymnast to accomplish that feat and the first since Georgia's Kim Arnold in 1997-98. Kupets also won the NCAA Vault title, bringing her total individual titles to five ... Georgia earned a total of 12 All-America honors by Megan Dowlen, Katie Heenan, Courtney Kupets, Marcia Newby, Grace Taylor, Tiffany Tolnay ... Courtney Kupets named the Honda Award Winner for women's gymnastics ... Katie Heenan named SEC Gymnast of the Year ... Kupets and Heenan tied for SEC All-Around titles ... Kupets, Heenan and Tolnay received All-SEC honors ... 10 Gym Dogs named Academic All-Americans by NACGC ... Nine listed as Academic All-SEC with five freshmen on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.|
|(36-0, 6-0 SEC) Won 7th NCAA Championship with a score of 197.75. Won 15th SEC Team Championship. Second time winning back-to-back NCAA Championship (1998-1999). Fourth undefeated season, no other team has done it once. Georgia becomes the only school in NCAA history to qualify for every Super Six team final since this format began in 1993....Freshmen Courtney Kupets wins three NCAA titles, All-Around, Bars, and Beam. All American honors earned by Courtney Kupets, Ashley Kupets, Kelsey Ericksen, Nikki Childs, Katie Heenan, and Tiffany Tolnay...a total of 18 All-Americans. Suzanne Yoculan was named the SEC and NCAA Coach of the Year and Jay Clark was named the NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year. Kelsey Ericksen wins SEC All-Around, Vault, Bars and Floor Championship. C. Kupets ties Ericksen for the SEC Bars Championship. Tolnay and Heenan earn All SEC honors...Audrey Bowers, Childs, Adrienne Dishman, Heenan, C. Kupets earn SEC Honor Roll.|
|(33-5, 3-3 SEC) Won 6th NCAA Championship with a score of 197.825. Won 14th SEC Team Championship. Georgia's championship was its first since 1999 and sixth in program history...The Super Six Final was the first meet in Georgia history that no gymnast scored lower than a 9.8 on any event....Georgia's 17 All-American awards...led all teams and was the most by a Georgia team since 1999...Katie Heenan became the sixth Gym Dog freshman to collect multiple first-team All-American honors with her first-team honors on Vault, Bars and the All-Around...Heenan, Emmons, Kupets, Smith, Ericksen, Childs earn All-American honors...program hosts live Internet broadcasts (video & audio for home meets - audio for away meets) through GXtra, allowing fans to follow the Gym Dogs like never before.|
|(30-6, 6-0 SEC) Finished 2nd at NCAA Championship with a score of 197.200. Won 13th SEC Team Championship. Georgia's 13th SEC title is more than all other teams combined.All-American honors...Chelsa Byrd (1st team AA,Vault, FX, 2nd team Bars), Kelsey Ericksen (2nd team Bars), Cory Fritzinger (1st team Bars, 2nd team Beam), Ashley Kupets (2nd team Beam). Fritzinger claims the SEC Bars and Beam title. Marline Stephens won the SEC Floor Exercise title. Byrd, Ericksen, Fritzinger, Brittany Smith, Stephens earn All-SEC...Kelsey Ericksen named SEC Freshman of the Year...Kinsey Rowe named SEC Scholar Athlete and wins NCAA Postgraduate scholarship...program hosts live Internet broadcasts for each post-season meet.|
|(31-6, 6-0 SEC) Finished 3rd at NCAA Championship with a score of 197.150. Finished 2nd at SEC Team Championship. Suzanne Yoculan, in her 20th year as head coach, led the team to its 16th NCAA Regional title. All-American honors were awarded to: Jamie Ackerman (2nd team Bars), Cassie Bair (1st team Beam), Chelsa Byrd (1st team Vault and FX), Kinsey Rowe (2nd team Bars), Brittany Smith (1st team Vault). Byrd was named co-SEC Gymnast of the Year, the first Gym Dog to earn the award since 1999. Academic All-American honors were earned by : Anna Gingrich, Rowe, Stephens, and Sierra Sapunar. SEC Honor Roll went to: Loren Simpson, Sapunar, Marline Stephens, Michelle Emmons, Rowe, and Breanne Rutherford. Perfect 10.0 scores were earned 4 times: 2 by Byrd on Vault and 2 by Cory Fritzinger on Vault and Beam...Sellout crowds of 9,951 packed Stegeman Coliseum to watch Georgia's SEC dual meets against rivals Auburn and Florida.|
|(34-4-1, 5-1 SEC) Finished 2nd at NCAA Championship with a score of 197.25. Won 12th SEC Team Championship. Marline Stephens defended her 2001 SEC Floor title by claiming the event again in 2002, and added an SEC Vault title as well. NCAA All-Americans...Loren Simpson (2nd team Bars), Sierra Sapunar (2nd team Bars & Beam), Cory Fritzinger (1st team Vault, Beam; 2nd team AA, Bars), Chelsa Byrd (1st team Vault & Floor), Cassie Bair (2nd team Beam), Stephens (1st team Vault), Tayla Vexler (1st team Floor). All-SEC Team honors earned by Byrd, Sapunar, Vexler, Fritzinger, and Kinsey Rowe. Suzanne notches her 600th career victory. Suzanne Yoculan is named the SEC Coach of the Year.|
|(33-3-1, 5-1 SEC) Finished 2nd at NCAA Championships at home in Athens with a score of 197.40. Won 11th SEC Team Championship. Freshman Cory Fritzinger won the NCAA Vault title. There were a total of 12 NCAA All-American honors that went to Chelsa Byrd (2nd team Bars), Amanda Curry (2nd team Vault), Fritzinger (1st team Vault, Beam,& FX), Kristi Lichey (2nd team Bars & AA), Kathleen Shrieves (1st team Bars), Marline Stephens (1st team Vault & FX), Tayla Vexler (2nd team Beam). Individual SEC titles were won by: Suzanne Sears and Stephens on Floor Exercise, Kr Lichey on Vault, Shrieves on Bars, Fritzinger on Beam, Bars, and All-Around. Fritzinger was also awarded the SEC Freshman of the Year. Suzanne Yoculan was named the SEC Coach of the Year. Academic All-Americans included Curry, Kinsey Rowe, Breanne Rutherford, Sierra Sapunar, and Sears...SEC Honor Roll were earned by Curry, Anna Gingrich, Danielle Maurone, Sears, and Shrieves. Georgia leads the nation in attendance averaging 9,855 fans for 6 home meets.|
|(30-5-1, 5-1 SEC) Finished 3rd at NCAA Championship with a score of 196.80. Finished 2nd at SEC Team Championships. Junior Suzanne Sears became the 13th Georgia gymnast to win an NCAA title, bringing home the Floor Exercise title. NCAA All-Americans...Brooke Andersen (2nd team FX), Amanda Curry (1st team Beam, 2nd team Vault), Eileen Diaz (2nd team Bars), Monica Flammer (1st team Vault), Kristi Lichey (1st team AA, Vault & Beam; 2nd FX), Sears (1st team Vault, FX), Kathleen Shrieves (1st team Bars), Tayla Vexler (1st team Beam & FX)...total of 14. Kr Lichey was the SEC Beam Champion and Sears was the SEC Floor Champion. Academic All-Americans included: Curry and Sears. Sec Honor Roll included: Andersen, Curry, Danielle Maurone, Sears, Shrieves, and Vexler.|
|(32-0, 5-0 SEC) Won 5th NCAA Championship with a score of 196.85. Won 10th SEC Team Championship. First back-to-back NCAA Championship title in team history and 3rd perfect undefeated season. NCAA All-American honors...Brooke Andersen (2nd team Vault), Jenni Beathard (1st team Bars,Beam; 2nd team AA), Emily Chell (2nd team Beam), Amanda Curry (1st team Vault, 2nd team Beam), Stacey Galloway (1st team Beam), Karin Lichey (1st team AA, Vault, Bars, Beam ,& FX), Kristi Lichey (1st team AA, 2nd team Vault, Bars), Suzanne Sears (2nd team Vault). Class of 1999 (Beathard, Galloway, Ka Lichey, Sam Muhleman), never lost a home meet and won 4 consecutive SEC Championships (126-6-1). Ka Lichey was Honda Award winner and the SEC Gymnast of the Year. The Suzanne Yoculan Gym Dog show debuts on cable stations. SEC event champions: Ka Lichey on Vault, Floor, & AA; Sears on Vault; and Beathard on Bars. Academic All-Americans included: Beathard, Curry, and Danielle Maurone. SEC Honor Roll was earned by: Brooke Andersen, Beathard, Curry, Caroline Harris, Ka Lichey, Muhleman, Sears, and Kathleen Shrieves. For the second consecutive year, the Gym Dogs set attendance marks at home by averaging 9,506 fans per meet.
|(35-0, 5-0 SEC) Won 4th NCAA Championship with the largest margin of victory in more than ten years with a score of 197.725. Won 9th SEC Team Championship. Kim Arnold claimed the NCAA All-Around title for the second consecutive year and tied with junior Jenni Beathard for the NCAA Beam title. Karin Lichey tied for the NCAA Floor title. NCAA All-American honors...Arnold (1st team AA, UB, BB, FX), Julie Ballard (1st team FX), Beathard (1st team UB, BB), Amanda Curry (2nd team BB), Ka Lichey (1st team AA, V, UB, BB, FX), Kristi Lichey (1st team BB), Sam Muhleman (1st team BB), Suzanne Sears (1st team FX), and Kathleen Shrieves (2nd team UB)...for a total of 18. Arnold was awarded SEC Gymnast of the Year. Ka Lichey claimed the All-Around title at the SEC Championship, as well as titles for Vault, Bars, and Floor. Shrieves claimed the SEC title in the Beam. Academic All-Americans included: Arnold, Ballard, Beathard, Curry, and Courtney Whittle. Arnold was also named the AAI American Award Winner and the Honda Award winner for the nation's top female gymnast for the second year in a row. SEC Honor Roll was earned by: Arnold, Ballard, Muhleman, and Andersen. Suzanne Yoculan was named NACGC Coach of the Year and assistant Doug McAvinn was named NACGC Assistant Coach of the Year.|
|(30-3-1, 4-0-1 SEC) Finished 3rd at NCAA Championship with a score of 196.60. Won 8th SEC Team Championship. Kim Arnold won the NCAA All-Around title, Leah Brown won the Floor title and sophomore Jenni Beathard won the Bars title. NCAA All-American honors...Arnold (1st team AA, V, BB, FX), Beathard (1st team UB, 2nd team Beam), Brown (1st team AA, V, UB, FX), Lisa Kurc (2nd team Vault), Sam Muhleman (1st team BB, 2nd team FX). Arnold claimed the SEC All-Around title and tied with Brown for the Vault title...Brown claimed top honors on the Floor, as well as tying with Karin Lichey for the Bars title...Ka Lichey tied with Arnold for the Beam title as well. All-SEC honors went to Arnold, Lichey, and Brown. Academic All-Americans included: Arnold, Brown, Kurc, and Courtney Whittle. Junior Arnold earned the Honda Award as the nation's top collegiate gymnast. SEC Honor Roll was earned by: Leslie Angeles, Arnold, Beathard, Brown, and Kurc. Team averaged 8,476 fans per home meet.|
|(30-3-1, 4-1 SEC) Finished 3rd at NCAA Championship with a score of 196.775. Won 7th SEC Team Championship. Leah Brown won the NCAA Vault title. NCAA All-American honors went to Kim Arnold (1st team Vault), Jenni Beathard (1st team Bars), Brown (1st team Vault and Beam; 2nd team AA), Karin Lichey (1st team Beam), Lori Strong (1st team Beam, 2nd team AA, Bars, & FX)...for a total of 10. Strong claimed the SEC All-Around title, Brown won the Vault title and tied with Leslie Angeles for the SEC Floor title, and Beathard won the SEC Bar title. Ka Lichey also became UGA's fourth gymnast to be named the SEC Freshman of the Year. With perfect 10.00's on all four events versus Kentucky, freshman Karin Lichey earned the first 40.00 All-Around score in the history of gymnastics. Her feat can never be beaten, only matched. Academic All-American honors...Lisa Kurc. All-SEC honors were earned by Angeles, Arnold, Julie Ballard, Brown, Kurc, and Strong. The team averaged 7,007 fans for five regular-season home meets.|
|(28-8, 4-1 SEC) Finished 5th at NCAA Championships with a score of 196.075. Finished 3rd at SEC Team Championship. Leslie Angeles won the Floor Exercise title. NCAA All-American honors...Angeles (1st team FX), Kim Arnold (1st team FX, 2nd team Vault), Julie Ballard (2nd team AA, Vault, FX), Leah Brown (1st team Vault, FX, 2nd team AA, Beam), Agina Simpkins (1st team AA, Vault, Bars, FX), and Lori Strong (1st team AA, Bars, Beam, 2nd team Vault). Julie Ballard became UGA's third SEC Freshman of the Year. Andrea Dewey claimed the Bars title at the SEC Championships. SEC Honor Roll was earned by Brown, Lisa Kurc, Nneka Logan, and Strong. Team averaged 7,776 fans for five regular-season home meets. Georgia also hosted its second NCAA Championship.|
|(28-2, 5-0 SEC) Finished 3rd at NCAA Championship with a score of 195.850. Won 6th SEC Team Championship. Lori Strong claimed the NCAA Bars title and Hope Spivey claimed the NCAA Floor Exercise title. NCAA All-American honors...Leslie Angeles (2nd team AA, Beam, FX), Leah Brown (1st team AA, Beam, 2nd team FX), Agina Simpkins (1st team AA, Vault, Beam, 2nd team Bars, FX), Spivey (1st team FX), Strong (1st team AA, Bars, 2nd team Beam). Spivey was named the SEC Gymnast of the Year. Brown was the first in UGA history to win the SEC All-Around title as a freshman. Spivey claimed the SEC Floor Exercise title. SEC Honor Roll...Nneka Logan, Kelly Macy, Courtney Snyder, and Strong. Freshman Brown became the first gymnast to score a 10.0 in her first compeititon. For the first time at UGA, a crowd of more than 10,000 turned out when UGA defeated LSU and the team averaged 8,638 fans for the season, an increase of almost 35 percent from the year before.|
|(32-0, 5-0 SEC) Won 3rd NCAA Championship with a score of 198.00. Won 5th SEC Team Championship. Heather Stepp claimed the NCAA Vault and Floor Exercise title, Agina Simpkins claimed the NCAA Bars title. All-American honors...Andrea Dewey (1st team Bars), Nneka Logan (1st team FX), Sandy Rowlette (1st team Vault, 2nd team FX), Simpkins (1st team AA, Bars, 2nd team Vault), Hope Spivey (1st team Vault, Bars, FX), Stepp (1st team Vault, Bars, FX, 2nd team AA), Lori Strong (1st team Bars). Simpkins claimed the SEC All-Around title. Spivey and Simpkins tied for the SEC Vault title, Strong won the SEC Bars title, Spivey and Stepp tied for the SEC Beam title, and Spivey also claimed the SEC Floor Exercise title. Stepp was named the first-ever SEC Gymnast of the Year. Jennifer Carbone was awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the SEC Postgraduate Scholarship. SEC Honor Roll was earned by Carbone, Rowlette, Logan, Macy, and Simpkins.|
|(34-1, 5-0 SEC) Finished 2nd at NCAA Championships with a score of 194.600. Won 4th SEC Team Championship. Heather Stepp claimed the NCAA Vault title. All-American honors...Andrea Dewey (1st team Vault), Nneka Logan (1st team Bars, 2nd team Beam), Chris Rodis (2nd team FX), Agina Simpkins (1st team Beam, 2nd team AA, FX), Hope Spivey (1st team AA, Vault, FX, 2nd team Bars), Heather Stepp (1st team AA, Vault, Beam , FX, 2nd team Bars). Simpkins was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and claimed the SEC Bars title. Stepp claimed the SEC All-Around title, as well as sharing the Vault title with Spivey. Spivey also won the SEC Floor Exercise title. Logan claimed the SEC Beam title. Stepp was the first and only UGA gymnast to ever win the Honda Inspiration Award. SEC Honor Roll was earned by Jennifer Carbone, Kelly Macy, and Simpkins. Spivey also became the first gymnast to score a 10.0 at the SEC Championship.|
|(31-5, 4-1 SEC) Finished 3rd at NCAA Championships with a score of 193.375. Won 3rd SEC Team Championship. Hope Spivey claimed the NCAA All-Around title, as well as NCAA titles on Vault and Floor. Kelly Macy claimed the NCAA Bars title. All-American honors...Macy (1st team Bars), Chris Rodis (1st team FX), Sandy Rowlette (1st team Vault, Bars), Spivey (1st team AA, Vault, Bars, Beam, and FX). Macy was named SEC Freshman of the Year. Macy and Rowlette tied for the SEC Bars title, as well as Macy claiming the SEC Beam title. Academic All-American honors went to Jennifer Carbone and Julie Ponstein. Spivey became the second Gym Dog to win the Honda Award and also became the first to win three NCAA titles in the same season. SEC Honor Roll went to Carbone, Ponstein, and Rodis.|
|(38-6, 3-2 SEC) Finished 3rd at NCAA Championships with a score of 193.225. Finished 3rd at SEC Team Championship. All-American honors...Chris Rodis (1st team Bars) and Corrinne Wright (1st team AA). Wright claimed both the SEC titles on Bars and Floor Exercise. Andrea Thomas won the SEC Beam title. Academic All-American honors included: Jennifer Carbone, Melissa DePaoli, and Julie Ponstein. SEC Honor Roll was earned by DePaoli, Kathy Dwyer, Ponstein, Rodis, Thomas, and Wright. The Gym Dogs go undefeated at home for the fourth time in school history, winning all five home meets.|
|(35-6, 4-0 SEC) Won 2nd NCAA Championship with a score of 192.65. Finished 3rd at SEC Team Championship. Corrinne Wright claimed the NCAA All-Around title and was the first UGA gymnast to accomplish this, as well as the Floor Exercise title. Lucy Wener won the NCAA Bars title. All-American honors...Chris Rodis (1st team Vault), Andrea Thomas (1st team Beam), Wener (1st team AA, Bars, FX), and Wright (1st team AA, Vault, Bars, and Beam. Wener claimed the SEC All-Around title, as well as the SEC Bars title. Thomas won the SEC Beam title. Academic All-American honors were earned by Melissa DePaoli, Julie Ponstein, and Debbie Greco. Wener became Georgia's first winner of the Honda Award. SEC Honor Roll was warned by Greco, Paula Maheu, and Tanya Schuler.|
|(35-8-1, 4-0-1 SEC) Finished 5th at NCAA Championship with a score of 196.80. Finished 2nd at SEC Team Championship. All-American honors...Gina Banales (1st team Vault), Andrea Thomas (1st team Beam), Lucy Wener (1st team Bars), Corrinne Wright (1st team Vault and FX). Wener claimed the SEC Bars title. SEC Honor Roll included: Debbie Greco, and Paula Maheu.|
|(38-3, 5-1 SEC) Won their 1st NCAA Championship with a score of 187.90. Won 2nd SEC Team Championship. Lucy Wener won the NCAA Bars title for the second straight season. NCAA All-American honors...Terri Eckert (1st team FX), Julie Klick (1st team AA and FX), Andrea Thomas (1st team Beam), Wener (1st team Bars), and Corrinne Wright (1st team AA and FX). Eckert claimed the SEC All-Around title, as well as claiming the SEC Bar title. Wright won the SEC Vault title and the SEC Floor title, and Klick won the SEC Beam title. Suzanne Yoculan was named the SEC and NCAA Coach of the Year. SEC Honor Roll was earned by: Eckert, Debbie Greco, Paula Maheu, Susie Origer, and Michelle Sessions. UGA becomes only the second team to ever win the NCAA Championship after Utah won the first five.|
|(38-3, 4-2 SEC) Finished 4th at NCAA Championship with a score of 185.45. Won 1st SEC Team Championship. Lucy Wener won Georgia's first-ever NCAA individual championship with first place finish in the Bars. NCAA All-American honors...Gina Banales (1st team FX), Julie Klick (1st team Beam), Paula Maheu (1st team FX), and Wener (1st team Bars). Klick won the SEC All-Around title...and Maheu claimed the SEC Vault title. SEC Honor Roll was earned by Eckert, Susie Origer, and Michelle Sessions. Suzanne Yoculan was named the SEC Coach of the Year.|
|(30-17, 2-3 SEC) Finished 7th at NCAA Championship with a score of 180.00. Finished 3rd at SEC Team Championships. NCAA All-American honors...Gina Banales (1st team Bars), and Terri Eckert (1st team Bars and Beam). SEC Honor Roll was earned by: Eckert, Laurie Jones, Laurie Reiff, and Jodi Thompson. Gym Dogs went undefeated at home for the first time and hosted NCAA Southeast Regional for the first time.|
|(27-13, 2-2 SEC) Finished 9th at NCAA Championships with a score of 177.60. Finished 2nd at SEC Team Championship. This marked Suzanne Yoculan's first season as head coach at Georgia...team made first-ever appearance at NCAA Championship. NCAA All-American honors...Kathy McMinn (1st team Vault and Bars). McMinn claimed the SEC All-Around title as well as the SEC Bars title. Academic All-American honors...McMinn. SEC Honor Roll was earned by McMinn and Laurie Reiff.|
|Andy Long hired as the second University of Georgia women's gymnastics coach. Practices are moved to the Women's PE Building and meets are held in the Coliseum.|
|Practices are held in Stegeman Hall and meets are held in the volleyball gym in the Women's PE Building (currently the Dance and Marine Programs Building).|
|The University of Georgia established women's gymnastics as a varsity sport and named Melinda Airhart as its first head coach.|