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Feb. 24, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla.-----The No. 1 Florida gymnastics team defeated third-ranked Georgia, 197.525-196.825, Friday night at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
The Gym Dogs (5-3, 4-2 SEC) lost despite scoring their second-highest road score of the season.
"We were so close to being great tonight," said Georgia head coach Jay Clark. "You could see we were very, very close, but we were a little timid and that cost us. I don't know that we would have caught Florida tonight, but I think we could have been better. Still, we did some good things. Laura Moffatt looked good on beam again, but we nickeled and dimed ourselves. It's disappointing to miss an opportunity, but we are very close to being a good team."
Georgia started the meet on bars and posted a 49.225, while the Gators (9-1, 5-1 SEC) turned in a 49.375 on vault. For the Gym Dogs, Noel Couch and Chelsea Davis each had a 9.875, which was a career-best for Couch.
UGA then went to vault in the second rotation and posted its highest road vault score of the season with a 49.250. Cat Hires and Kat Ding closed the event with a pair of 9.9s to lead the team. Florida scored a 49.4 on bars to hold a 98.775-98.475 advantage at the halfway point.
Georgia turned in a 49.225 on floor in the third rotation behind a pair of 9.875s by Ding and Couch. Mariel Box added a 9.85 for Georgia, and with a 49.45 by Florida on beam, the Gators led 148.225-147.700 going to the final rotation.
The Gym Dogs closed the meet with a 49.125 on beam led by a 9.875 by Kaylan Earls. Moffatt added a 9.825 in the No. 2 spot in her second beam routine of the season. Florida posted a 49.3 on floor to seal the win.
Georgia returns to action next Friday at 7:30 p.m. against No. 6 UCLA.
1. Florida - 197.525 (Vault - 49.375, Bars - 49.400, Beam - 49.450, Floor - 49.300)
2. Georgia - 196.825 (Vault - 49.250, Bars - 49.225, Beam - 49.125, Floor - 49.225)