Jan. 20, 2012
AUBURN, Ala.-----Sixth-ranked Georgia outpaced No. 20 Auburn on three events and beat the Tigers 195.975-195.600 Friday at Auburn Arena.
The Gym Dogs (2-1, 1-1 SEC) led by .275 entering the final rotation and held off the Tigers (2-4, 0-2 SEC) with a 48.975 on beam to seal the win.
"I thought we fought and did a nice job of staying on the balance beam at the end," said Georgia head coach Jay Clark. "Overall we were tight and tentative and made some mistakes. This is a good group of kids, and we just let some things affect us tonight. We need to get tougher. Give Auburn credit; this is one of the better teams they've had in a long time. It was a big crowd, and we got caught flat-footed a little bit."
The Gym Dogs stretched their lead to 98.15-97.15 with a 49.175 on vault. Ding scored a 9.9 in the anchor, while Noel Couch, Sarah Persinger and Cat Hires each had a 9.825. Georgia has now posted a 49.0 or higher on vault in 11 straight meets dating back to the Arkansas meet in 2011.
Auburn cut into the Georgia lead in the third rotation with a 48.875 on beam, while the Gym Dogs turned in a 48.85 on floor. UGA was led by Tanella and Couch, who scored a pair of 9.825s.
In the final rotation, the Gym Dogs scored a 48.975 on beam behind a 9.875 by Davis in the No. 5 position. Davis had performed an exhibition beam routine in the season opener, but this marked her first appearance in the Gym Dogs' beam lineup.
Auburn's Kylie Shields won the all-around with a 39.250.
Georgia returns home to face LSU Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. The meet will serve as Alumni Night, and former Gym Dogs will be honored prior to the meet.
1. Georgia - 195.975 (VT - 49.175, UB - 48.975, BB - 48.975, FX - 48.850)
2. Auburn - 195.600 (VT - 48.925, UB - 48.925, BB - 48.875, FX - 48.875)