NCAA Georgia Gymnastics Titles
SEC Championships: 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
2008 - Georgia captured the program's 16th SEC title in the nearby Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Ga., with a 197.350, just .025 over Alabama and Florida who tied for second place. Yoculan was named co-SEC Coach of the Year and Cassidy McComb the SEC Freshman of the Year. Katie Heenan, Tiffany Tolnay and Grace Taylor made the All-SEC first team while Courtney McCool garnered second-team honors.
2006 - Georgia came into the 2006 SEC Championship undefeated and finished the season 6-0 in SEC and 21-0 overall. Kelsey Ericksen racked up four first - place titles with wins in the all-around (39.625), on vault (9.925) and through ties with Courtney Kupets and Alabama's Melanie Banville on the uneven bars (9.90) and on the floor exercise with two of Alabama's gymnasts, Brittany Magee and Ashley Miles (9.95).
2005 - Katie Heenan was the only Gym Dog at the 2005 SEC Championship to win an event with top honors on the balance beam (9.95) and the all-around (39.625). Heenan also became the first freshman to win the SEC all-around title since Georgia's Cory Fritzinger won it in 2001. Alabama placed first in all other events, but came in third behind Georgia and LSU.
2004 - Georgia's win in Duluth, Ga. marked he Gym Dogs' 13th SEC title, more than all other SEC teams combined. The Gym Dogs set a new balance beam record with a 49.525, and Cory Fritzinger became the only gymnast to score a 10.00 on the balance beam in SEC Championship history. Fritzinger also tied with Jean Rice for the win on the uneven bars (9.95), while Marline Stephens and Alabama's Ashley Miles scored the second and third perfect tens of the night to win floor exercise.
2002 - Georgia had another close meet with Alabama, barely beating the Crimson Tide by one-tenth and claiming its second SEC Championship in a row. Marline Stephens tied with Alabama's Andree Pickens for top honors on vault (9.950) and won the floor exercise with a 9.950. (2002 SEC champs pictured left)
2001 - After coming in a close second to Alabama at the 2000 SEC Championship, the Gym Dogs returned in 2001 to win the team title and place first in every event, including the all-around. The Championship was being held in Birmingham for the first of three consecutive years and Georgia was forced to hit on the balance beam while Alabama finished the meet on floor exercise. Kristi Lichey was Georgia's final gymnast on balance beam and scored a 9.85 to help the Gym Dogs to a 49.4 event score and the win. Lichey also placed first on the vault, while Fritzinger tied for first on the uneven bars with Kathleen Shrieves and Alabama's Natalie Barrington (9.950) and won the all-around with a 39.700. Suzanne Sears and Marline Stephens tied for first place on floor exercise (9.950) and helped the team to break the record they set during the '99 SEC Championship with a 49.625.
1999 - On the eve of the '99 SEC Championship, the Gym Dogs lost Sam Muhleman to a major neck injury. Muhleman looked on in a neck brace as fellow seniors Jenni Beathard, Stacey Galloway and Karin Lichey won their fourth SEC Championship. Lichey won the all around (39.700), floor exercise (9.950) and tied with Suzanne Sears for first place on vault (9.950), while Jenni Beathard won first place on the uneven bars (9.950). The team also set a new SEC meet record for floor exercise with a 49.575. 1998 - During Georgia's third visit to Baton Rouge for the SEC Championship, the Gym Dogs placed first in every event, broke the meet's team uneven bars record with a 49.600 and scored two perfect tens. Karin Lichey won vault with a 10.000 and tied with Jenni Beathard for first place on the uneven bars with a 9.950, while Kim Arnold scored a 10.000 on floor exercise, tied with LSU's Amy McClosky to win balance beam (9.925) and won the all-around with a 39.700.
1998: The Georgia gymdogs walked into Baton Rouge, LA undefeated for the season. However, despite the high expectations, they came in without an SEC Title in five years. Looking to end that streak, the Gymdogs lived up to expectations posting a 197.600, beating the competition by a full point. Karin Lichey took the vault title with a 10.0 and tied with teammate Jenni Beathard on bars with a 9.95. Kim Arnold tied for first on beam with a 9.925 and won floor with a 10.0 and the All Around title with 39.700.
1997 - At the '97 SEC Championship in Athens, the Gym Dogs swept all 5 events including all-around, for which Kim Arnold set an SEC meet record with a total of 39.800 points. Arnold also tied with Leah Brown with a 10.0 on vault and with Karin Lichey on balance beam (9.950). Brown tied with Lichey on uneven bars (9.950) and won the floor exercise with a 9.975. Georgia broke their own SEC meet records for highest team score (198.375), team vault score (49.8), team uneven bars score (49.500), team balance beam score (49.575) and tied its own floor exercise record of 49.5. 1996 - In Gainesville, Georgia's Leah Brown won two events with a win on the vault (9.975) and a tie for first on floor exercise (9.950) with Georgia's Leslie Angeles, Alabama's Kim Kelly and Kentucky's Jenny Hansen. Gym Dog Lori Strong won the all-around with a 39.575 and Jenni Beathard won the uneven bars with a 9.925.
1996 - The Gym Dogs outscored Alabama by five-tenths on a neutral floor to win their seventh league title, setting championship marks on beam (49.325), floor (49.500), and overall. Georgia took home the championship trophy despite drawing the most difficult rotation and receiving news in Lexington that Karen Lichey would not be able to compete. Strong took the all-around crown with a 39.575. Leah Brown captured her first post-season vault title, while rookie Jenni Beathard recovered from an injury to win the uneven bars title. Leah Brown and Leslie Angeles tied for top floor honors.
1994 - The team victory in Auburn, Ala., allowed Georgia to join Florida in the record books as the only teams to win the SEC Championship four years in a row. The team also set SEC Championship records for top scores on vault (49.425), balance beam (49.025) and floor exercise (49.425). Hope Spivey tied with Kentucky's Jenny Hansen for a 10.0 on floor exercise. Leah Brown's first-place win in the all-around (39.500) made her the first freshman in UGA history to win that SEC title. 1993 - Hope Spivey scored another 10.0 on floor exercise to help Georgia clinch its third SEC Championship in a row. Lori Strong also took home a win with a tying score of 9.95 with Kentucky's Jenny Hansen. Georgia's Nneka Logan won balance beam with 9.90. The Gym Dogs set an SEC Championship record with a team score of 197.05 and the meet marked the first time in school history that the Gym Dogs hit all 24 routines. 1992 - Hope Spivey's 10.0 on floor exercise in Baton Rouge marked the first time a gymnast had received a perfect score at the SEC Championship. The Gym Dogs placed first in every other event, with Heather Stepp winning the all-around (39.60) and tying with Georgia's Hope Spivey and Sandy Rowlette on the vault (9.90), Agina Simpkins taking top honors on the uneven bars (9.95) and Nneka Logan tying with Alabama's Dana Dobransky (9.90) for the win on balance beam.
1993 - "It was like a dream," said Yoculan about the postseason. "We had so much adrenaline and we were on such a roll throughout the year." This was evident as the Gymdogs walked into the 1993 SEC Championships, attempting to win the title for the 3rd straight year. The Gymdogs won the meet with a 197.05, a full point over the 2nd place Alabama, and nearly 5 points over the 3rd place finisher. Lori Strong tied for the bars title, while Nneka Logan won beam and Hope Spivey won floor 10.0.
1992 - Georgia dominated the competition in 1992, walking into the SEC Championship undefeated. Georgia was the favorite at the competition in Baton Rouge and they met expectations. Heather Stepp (39.60), Hope Spivey (39.5), and Agina Simpkins (39.20) placed 1,2,3 All Around. Stepp and Spivey and teammate Sandy Rowlette shared the vault title, while Simpkins won bars, and Spivey and Stepp place 1, 2 on floor. Nneka Logan won beam. "We dominated SEC's," said Yoculan. "No team has really done anything like that before. To have a winner on each event...amazing. We expected that of ourselves, but it was, in retrospect, amazing." They won the competition by almost two full points.
1991 - In Lexington, Alabama was in the lead and on a bye during the final rotation and Georgia needed a strong score on floor exercise to take home the win. The Gym Dogs had only warmed up five athletes on the event, but after a fall in the lineup Coach Yoculan pulled Lisa Alicea off the bench to compete in the sixth and final spot. Alicea scored a 9.45 and Georgia edged out the Crimson Tide by only .05 of a point. Georgia's Kelly Macy and Sandy Rowlette tied with three others for the win on the uneven bars with a 9.85, while Macy earned another first place tie with three others on the balance beam with a 9.85.
1987 - For the first time in Georgia history, the Gym Dogs clinched first place in all events, including all-around. Corrinne Writght won vault (9.65) and floor exercise (9.65), Terri Eckert won the uneven bars (9.75) and the all-around (37.90), and Julie Klick placed first on the balance beam (9.70).
1986 - The 1986 Championship marked the first year Georgia earned the SEC title in Suzanne Yoculan's third year as Georgia's coach. Florida came into the meet as the four-time defending champ, but lost to the Gym Dogs by 1.5 points. Georgia's Julie Klick won the all-around (37.40) and Paula Maheu tied with Florida's Tammy Smith and Alabama's Julie Estin for the first - place vault score of 9.55.
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