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March 23, 2013
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-----The fifth-ranked Georgia gymnastics placed fourth at the SEC Championship with a 197.325 Saturday night at Verizon Arena.
Florida won the title with a 198.000, followed by Alabama (197.800), LSU (197.700), Georgia, Auburn (196.550), Arkansas (196.400), Missouri (195.525) and Kentucky (194.600).
The Gym Dogs ended the meet with a 197.625, but requested a video review of a floor routine. The appeal was denied, and as a result Georgia's score was lowered by three tenths. Alabama's score was lowered by a tenth following an out-of-order deduction.
Georgia turned in the high score on bars with a 49.55 and tied for first on beam with a 49.5, and Georgia gymnasts set or tied seven career-highs.
"I'm really proud of certain parts of this meet," said UGA coach Danna Durante. "We got off to a great start and set the tone on beam, and finished strong on bars. Vault and floor could have been better. There were some highs in this meet, but we're disappointed in the fourth place finish. We raised our RQS, so that's something to be proud of. We have some big meets ahead of us, and we're excited about what we're going to do there."
Georgia freshman Brittany Rogers tied for first on bars and beam with a pair of 9.95s, and Shayla Worley also tied for first on beam. Rogers and Worley are Georgia's 16th and 17th SEC champions on beam and Rogers is the Gym Dogs' 28th SEC bars champion.
Georgia opened the meet with a 49.5 for its second-highest beam score of the season. Lindsey Cheek tied her career-high with a 9.925, then Rogers and Worley followed with two more career-high 9.95s. LSU led after the first rotation with a 49.625 on floor, while the Gym Dogs were second.
The Gym Dogs then posted their second-highest floor score of the season with a 49.35 in the second rotation. Sarah Persinger and Brandie Jay had a pair of 9.9s to lead the team. At the halfway point, Georgia was in third with a 98.85. LSU had a 49.525 on vault and led with a 99.15, while Florida was second with a 98.875. Alabama was fourth with a 98.8.
Georgia fell to fourth in the third rotation with a 49.225 on vault. Cheek registered a 9.9 to pace the team, and the Gym Dogs had a 148.075 after three events. Florida took the lead with a 148.375, Alabama was second with a 148.350, LSU third with a 148.325.
The Gym Dogs closed the meet with its highest bars score of the season with a 49.55. Rogers won her first bars title of the season with the 9.95, while Worley and Chelsea Davis added a pair of 9.925s.
LSU's Rheagan Courville and Florida's Bridget Slaon shared the all-around title with a 39.750. Courvile had a perfect 10 on vault.
Georgia will learn its NCAA Regional destination on Monday. The six regional host sites include Tuscaloosa, Ala., Gainesville, Fla., Norman, Okla., Columbus, Ohio, Morgantown, W.Va., and Corvallis, Ore. Regional meets will be held Saturday, April 6.
1. Florida - 198.000 (VT - 49.375, UB - 49.5, BB - 49.5, FX - 49.625)
2. Alabama - 197.800 (VT - 49.55, UB - 49.4, BB - 49.4, FX - 49.55)
3. LSU - 197.700 (VT - 49.525, UB - 49.175, BB - 49.375, FX - 49.625)
4. Georgia - 197.325 (VT - 49.225, UB - 49.55, BB - 49.5, FX - 49.35)
5. Auburn - 196.550 (VT - 49.100, UB - 48.875, BB - 49.275, FX - 49.300)
6. Arkansas - 196.400 (VT - 49.150, UB - 48.850, BB - 49.100, FX - 49.300)
7. Missouri - 195.525 (VT - 48.450, UB - 48.850, BB - 49.250, FX - 48.975)
8. Kentucky - 194.600 (VT - 48.825, UB - 48.150, BB - 48.500, FX - 49.125)
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