Gym Dogs Punch Ticket To Super Six
April 19, 2013
Florida finished first with a 197.775, followed by LSU (197.325), Georgia (197.150), Minnesota (196.375), Illinois (195.700) and Stanford (194.700). The Gym Dogs will be joined by Florida and LSU in the Super Six.
Georgia will begin its quest for an 11th national title on floor Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Links to live streaming and live audio will be available at www.georgiadogs.com.
"I'm so proud of this team and the seniors especially," said UGA coach Danna Durante. "We've taken this season meet-by-meet. It's very exciting. It's a great feeling when you have worked so hard, and it's a great accomplishment to have the chance to go the second day."
Georgia opened the meet with a bye in the first rotation. Florida took the early lead with a 49.325 on floor, while LSU posted a 49.0 on beam, Illinois a 48.85 on vault and Minnesota a 48.825 on bars.
In the second rotation, the Gym Dogs turned in a 49.5 - their second highest mark this season - behind a 9.95 by Chelsea Davis and a trio of 9.9s by Christa Tanella, Shayla Worley and Brittany Rogers. For Davis, it was her 13th straight 9.9 or higher on bars.
Georgia went to beam in the third rotation and scored a 48.975 for a 98.475 team total. At the halfway point, Florida led with a 98.775, followed by Georgia in second and LSU in third with a 98.35.
The Gym Dogs had a bye in the fourth rotation, then scored a 49.225 on floor in the fifth rotation. Noel Couch returned to the lineup and led the team with a 9.875.
Georgia closed the meet with a 49.45 on vault. Brandie Jay posted a 9.925, while Chelsea Davis and Lindsey Cheek scored a 9.9.
"This week, we really focused on starting off strong," Worley said. "In the past meets, we have started slow. That was our focus this past week. We started really strong, and there is a high energy after that."
Seven different Gym Dogs earned a total of nine All-America honors in Friday's competition. First team All-Americans include Jay (vault), Cheek (vault), Davis (vault and bars), while second team All-Americans include Cheek (beam), Rogers (bars) Tanella (bars), Worley (bars) and Couch (floor).
Places 1-4 (plus ties) in each event and the all-around in each semifinal session are considered first team All-Americans. Places 5-8 (plus ties) are considered second team All-Americans.
1. Florida - 197.775 (VT - 49.45, UB - 49.525, BB - 49.475, FX - 49.325)
2. Georgia - 197.150 (VT - 49.45, UB - 49.5, BB - 48.975, FX - 49.225)
3. LSU - 197.325 (VT - 49.5, UB - 49.475, BB - 49.0, FX - 49.35)
4. Minnesota - 196.375 (VT - 49.175, UB - 48.825, BB - 49.15, FX - 49.2)
5. Illinois - 195.700 (VT - 48.85, UB - 48.675, BB - 48.975, FX - 49.2)
6. Stanford -194.700 (VT - 48.95, UB - 48.2, BB - 48.525, FX - 49.025)
Georgia's Individual Results
Chelsea Davis - 9.9, Noel Couch - 9.825, Cat Hires - 9.85, Brittany Rogers - 9.875, Lindsey Cheek - 9.9, Brandie Jay - 9.925
Lindsey Cheek - 9.8, Christa Tanella - 9.9, Brandie Jay - 9.85, Shayla Worley - 9.9, Brittany Rogers - 9.9, Chelsea Davis - 9.95
Sarah Persinger - 9.6, Noel Couch - 9.775, Lindsey Cheek - 9.875, Brittany Rogers - 9.65, Shayla Worley - 9.825, Kaylan Earls - 9.8
Kaylan Earls - 9.85, Christa Tanella - 9.8, Sarah Persinger - 9.85, Shayla Worley - 9.825, Noel Couch - 9.875, Brandie Jay - 9.825
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