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Jan. 26, 2013
FORT WORTH, TEXAS-----The ninth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team placed fourth with a 196.775 in the Metroplex Challenge Saturday night at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
No. 2 Oklahoma won the meet with a 197.275, followed by No. 7 LSU (197.100), No. 16 Oregon State (196.825), Georgia (196.775) and Washington (194.875).
Chelsea Davis, competing in her home state, tied for first on bars with a 9.95 and Brittany Rogers scored career-highs on three events to lead the Gym Dogs (4-4). Rogers tied for first with a 9.9 on vault.
"Did we want to come out in fourth? No, but I thought we did a great job," said UGA coach Danna Durante. "It was a good road score In front of a big crowd. There are definitely things we need to work on, but we had a good meet. It was also great for Christa, Chelsea and Kati (Breazeal) to compete here in the state of Texas."
Georgia opened with a 49.075 on beam led by three 9.825s by Shayla Worley, Kaylan Earls and Rogers. LSU led after the first rotation with a 49.45 on bars, while Oklahoma scored a 49.225 on vault.
The Gym Dogs turned in another 49.075 in the second rotation on floor. Christa Tanella scored a career-high 9.9, while Worley added a 9.875 in the anchor.
Georgia posted a 49.2 on vault in the third rotation. Rogers tied her season-high with a 9.9, and Brandie Jay closed the rotation with a 9.875. The Gym Dogs went to the bye after vault with a 147.35 total.
UGA closed the meet with its highest score of the night - a 49.425 on bars. Davis tied her career high in the anchor, while Lindsey Cheek added a 9.875. It was the first meet this season in which Georgia posted a 49.0 or higher in all four events.
Georgia will return home to face Alabama Saturday at 4 p.m. The meet will serve as the annual Alumni Day, and numerous former Gym Dogs will be recognized prior to the meet.
1. Oklahoma - 197.275
2. LSU - 197.100
3. Oregon State - 196.825
4. Georgia - 196.775
5. Washington - 194.875
Georgia Individual Scores
Vault (49.2): Chelsea Davis - 9.725; Sarah Persinger - 9.8; Lindsey Cheek - 9.8; Brittany Rogers - 9.9; Cat Hires - 9.825; Brandie Jay - 9.875
Bars (49.425): Lindsey Cheek - 9.875; Brandie Jay - 9.775; Christa Tanella - 9.85; Brittany Rogers - 9.9; Shayla Worley - 9.85; Chelsea Davis - 9.95
Beam (48.975): Lindsey Cheek - 9.8; Sarah Perginger - 9.8; Brittany Rogers - 9.825; Shayla Worley - 9.825; Kaylan Earls - 9.825; Whitney Kirby - 9.575
Floor (49.075): Kaylan Earls - 9.775; Christa Tanella - 9.9; Kati Breazeal - 9.2; Sarah Persinger - 9.7; Brandie Jay - 9.825; Shayla Worley - 9.875