No. 9 Gym Dogs Fall To No. 1 Florida, 197.300-196.175
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Feb. 16, 2013

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ATHENS-----No. 9 Georgia led after each of the first two rotations, but top-ranked Florida came back to defeat the Gym Dogs, 197.300-196.175, Saturday in front of 9,971 fans at Stegeman Coliseum.

Georgia (5-5-1, 3-1-1 SEC) scored a 99.0 in the first two rotations, but had to count two falls on beam in the third rotation.

Despite the loss, Georgia gymnasts had the highest scores on vault, beam and floor, and tied for the best mark on bars. A total of seven career-highs were set by the Gym Dogs on Saturday.

"We got off to a great start today, but we need to be able to keep that momentum going until the end of the meet," said UGA head coach Danna Durante. "We pulled them out into the hall after the meet and said we're not going to accept the fact that we are not a good beam team. We need to be more confident, and we need to help them grow into that. Still, there were a lot of good things today we can build off going into next week."

The Gym Dogs opened the meet with a 49.55 on vault - its highest score on any event this season. Brandie Jay had a career-high 9.975 in the anchor position, and Noel Couch tied her career-high with a 9.925 in her first vault of the season. Lindsey Cheek added a 9.9, and Chelsea Davis recorded her season-high with a 9.875. Florida (6-1, 5-1 SEC) opened with a 49.375 on bars.

Georgia then went to bars and scored another season-high with a 49.45. Davis tied her career-high with a 9.95 to tie for first. It was her eighth bars title in as many meets this season. Brittany Rogers scored a career-high 9.925, and Shayla Worley had a season-high 9.9. The Gators posted a 49.475 on vault, and Georgia led by .15 at the halfway point with a 99.0 team total.

Florida outscored Georgia 49.15-48.125 in the third rotation to take a lead of .875. Cheek and Rogers led the Gym Dogs with career-high scores of 9.9.

UGA closed out the meet with a 49.050 on floor. Couch had a season-high 9.9, while Tanella turned in a 9.875. Florida finished the meet with a 49.3 on the balance beam.

The Gators' Bridget Sloan won the all-around with a 39.6.

Georgia will be back in action next Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET at Missouri. The next home meet is slated for March 9 against Utah.

Team Results

1. Florida -  197.300 (Vault - 49.475, Bars - 49.375, Beam - 49.300, Floor - 49.15)

2. Georgia - 196.175 (Vault - 49.55, Bars - 49.45, Beam - 48.125, Floor - 49.050)

Georgia's Individual Results

Vault (49.55)
Chelsea Davis - 9.875, Cat Hires - 9.825, Noel Couch - 9.925, Brittany Rogers - 9.875, Lindsey Cheek - 9.9, Brandie Jay - 9.975

Bars (49.45)
Lindsey Cheek - 9.8, Christa Tanella - 9.875, Brandie Jay - 9.8, Shayla Worley - 9.9, Brittany Rogers - 9.925, Chelsea Davis - 9.95

Beam (48.125)
Lindsey Cheek - 9.9, Sarah Persinger - 9.725, Noel Couch - 9.25, Brittany Rogers - 9.9, Shayla Worley - 9.35, Kaylan Earls - 9.25

Floor (49.050)
Sarah Persinger - 9.675, Christa Tanella - 9.875, Cat Hires - 9.725, Brandie Jay - 9.7, Shayla Worley - 9.85, Noel Couch - 9.9



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