Cassidy McComb (Photo by Knoef)
April 15, 2011
CLEVELAND, Ohio-----The Georgia gymnastics team tied for fourth with a score of 195.450 in the first semifinal session of the NCAA Championships Friday at the Wolstein Center. Oklahoma finished first with a 196.775 followed by Michigan with a 196.7 and UCLA with a 196.5 as all three teams advance to the Super Six on Saturday. Arkansas tied four fourth with UGA, and Illinois finished sixth with a 195.100.
"We had trained so well since Regionals and had a great day in here yesterday," head coach Jay Clark said. "It was a bad day to have a bad day. We started out a little lackluster on bars, then went to beam and sort of surfboarded our way through it. At that point we still weren't out of it, but we struggled on floor. It hurts, but I'm proud of the way they persevered this year. They endured a lot throughout the season."
Georgia (18-11-1) opened the meet with a 49.075 on bars and had the second-highest score after the first rotation. Arkansas led with a 49.15 on vault, and Oklahoma was third with a 49.0 on floor. Kat Ding led the team with a 9.9 in the anchor position.
The Gym Dogs then went to beam and posted a 48.7 in the second rotation. Cassidy McComb led the team with a 9.8 in the No. 6 position, and after a bye in the third rotation, Georgia stood fourth with a 97.775. UCLA led with a 98.775 followed by Oklahoma with a 98.225 and Michigan with a 98.0.
In the fourth rotation the Gym Dogs scored a 48.425 on floor led by a 9.9 by McComb. UGA entered the fifth rotation with a 146.200, and closed the meet with a 49.25 on vault. Five of Georgia's six routines on vault were scored at 9.8 or higher including a team-best 9.9 by freshman Lindsey Cheek.
The top four individuals from both Friday sessions in each event (plus ties) and all-around competition will compete in the individual-event competition Sunday at 1 p.m. Cheek finished third on vault, Ding finished third on bars, and McComb was fourth on floor.
Ding closed the year by scoring a 9.9 or higher on bars in the final six meets and seven of the last eight. For Cheek, the 9.9 on vault was her highest score since a 9.95 against Auburn on Jan. 21, and it was her third highest score of the season. McComb's 9.9 on floor was her six straight score of 9.9 or higher on the event and the 17th of the season.
McComb finished second in the all-around during the first session, and her 39.4 was the third best total in both sessions. She earned first team All-America honors in the all-around and on floor and second team honors on beam. Ding and Cheek claimed first team honors on bars and vault, respectively, while Noel Couch earned second team honors on vault and floor.
1. Oklahoma - 196.775 (Vault - 49.225, Bars - 49.375, Beam - 49.175; Floor - 49.0)
2. Michigan - 196.700 (Vault - 49.325, Bars - 49.375; Beam - 48.75; Floor - 49.25)
3. UCLA - 196.500 (Vault - 49.45; Bars - 49.35; Beam - 48.375; Floor - 49.325)
T4. Georgia - 195.450 (Vault - 49.25; Bars - 49.075; Beam - 48.7; Floor - 48.425)
T4. Arkansas - 195.450 (Vault - 49.15; Bars - 48.575; Beam - 48.45; Floor - 49.275)
6. Illinois - 195.100 (Vault - 49.175; Bars - 48.825; Beam - 47.95; Floor - 49.15)
Georgia Individual Results
Vault (49.250): Cat Hires - 9.8; Noel Couch - 9.875; Lindsey Cheek - 9.9; Hilary Mauro - 9.825; Kat Ding - 9.125; Cassidy McComb - 9.85
Bars (49.075): Christa Tanella - 9.775; Noel Couch - 9.75; Gina Nuccio - 9.8; Cassidy McComb - 9.85; Shayla Worley - 9.225; Kat Ding - 9.9
Beam (48.7): Noel Couch - 9.725; Lindsey Cheek - 9.75; Christa Tanella - 9.225; Hilary Mauro - 9.75; Shayla Worley - 9.675; Cassidy McComb - 9.8
Floor (48.425) - Mariel Box - 9.7; Shayla Worley - 9.425; Noel Couch - 9.85; Gina Nuccio - 9.55; Cassidy McComb - 9.9; Hilary Mauro - 9.325