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March 9, 2012
YPSILANTI, Mich.-----The fifth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team claimed a 196.575-195.300 win at No. 20 Michigan Friday night at the EMU Convocation Center. The meet was moved to the campus of Eastern Michigan University due to renovations at Michigan's Crisler Center.
"We saw so many great things tonight from people who haven't had as many opportunities to compete," said Georgia head coach Jay Clark. "They did a nice job and held us together. We hated to count the fall at the end on beam when we could've scored a 197 on the road, but we are pleased with what we did tonight. Our kids did a great job. Michigan is a little banged up, and I know what that feels like. We came in here and did what we needed to do, and hopefully we'll have a few more healthy bodies on Sunday."
Georgia opened the meet by posting its highest bars score on the road this year with a 49.325. Kat Ding, who competed on only one event after suffering a foot injury during Tuesday's practice, posted a 9.95 to win her 18th event title of the year. Chelsea Davis, who just last week posted a career-best 9.95, followed it with a 9.925 on Friday, and Christa Tanella added a 9.875 in the leadoff position, her career-high. Michigan, meanwhile, opened with a 48.5 on vault.
The Gym Dogs then went to vault and posted a 49.175. Sarah Persinger led the team with a career-best 9.9, Cat Hires had a 9.875, and three 9.8s gave Georgia a two-rotation score of 98.500. The Wolverines posted a 48.85 for a 97.350 team total.
The Gym Dogs posted a 49.225 on floor in the third rotation to bring their team total to a 147.775. Noel Couch had a team-best 9.9 in the anchor, and Persinger tied her career-high with a 9.875.
In the final rotation, Georgia was forced to count a fall on beam and scored a 48.800. Laura Moffatt turned in a career-high 9.9 to tie for first, while Kaylan Earls added a 9.85 and Kati Breazeal posted a career-best 9.825. Breazeal also recorded a career-high on vault with a 9.8.
Persinger posted a 39.350 in her first career all-around to tie for second.
Georgia will close out the regular season against NC State Sunday at 2:30 p.m. It will be the final home meet for Mariel Box, Ding and Nuccio, who will be honored prior to the meet during Senior Day festivities.
1. Georgia - 196.575 (VT - 49.225, UB - 49.325, BB - 48.800, FX - 49.225)
2. Michigan - 195.300 (VT - 48.500, UB - 48.850, BB - 48.725, FX - 49.225)