April 19, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-----The Georgia gymnastics team placed fifth with a 197.050 in the NCAA Super Six Saturday night at the BJCC Arena. This marks the Gym Dogs' best finish since they won the 2009 national championship.
Florida and Oklahoma each scored a 198.175 to share the NCAA title. LSU placed third with a 197.600, followed by Alabama (197.550), Georgia (197.050) and Nebraska (196.500).
"I'm incredibly proud of our team this season," UGA coach Danna Durante said. "We didn't give a whole lot up. We need to be a little sharper on that last day. I loved their enthusiasm and the way they competed tonight. I'm glad we improved on our finish from last year, but I'd like to take even bigger steps next year. This has been an exciting and fun year for this team."
After Oklahoma finished with a 49.55 on vault in the last rotation, Florida's Bridgette Caquatto turned in a 9.95 on floor in the final routine of the evening to pull the Gators even with the Sooners. It is the first time two teams have shared the NCAA gymnastics title.
For Georgia, Lindsey Cheek and Brittany Rogers tied for first on vault and bars, respectively, with a pair of 9.95s. The Gym Dogs began the meet with a 49.075 on beam and stood fourth after one rotation. Florida led with a 49.45, while LSU was second with a 49.4. The Gym Dogs had a bye in the second rotation as Alabama opened with a 49.675 on floor.
In the third rotation, UGA turned in a 49.175 on floor for a 98.25 total. Alabama led with a 99.15, followed by Florida with a 99.05 and Oklahoma with a 99.025. Georgia posted a 49.275 on vault in the fourth rotation and moved up one spot to fifth with a 147.525. Cheek led the team with a 9.95.
Georgia had its final bye in the fifth rotation before finishing the meet with a 49.525 on bars. Rogers tied for first with a 9.95, while Cheek added a 9.925 in addition to 9.9s by Brandie Jay and Chelsea Davis.
"It didn't end the way we wanted to tonight, but the fact that we aren't just happy to be here shows that the fire is fueled and once you start it, it's hard to put it out," Cheek said. "I'm excited to see what the next couple of teams deal with that and how they take off with that."
Three Georgia gymnasts will compete in the individual event finals Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. Cheek and Brandie Jay will be third and seventh, respectively, in the vault lineup, and Cheek will be the 12th and final gymnast on bars. On beam, Mary Beth Box will go third, Cheek ninth, and Jay will compete second on floor.
T1. Oklahoma - 198.175 (VT - 49.55, UB - 49.5, BB - 49.525, FX - 49.6)
T1. Florida - 198.175 (VT - 49.45, UB - 49.6, BB - 49.5, FX - 49.625)
3. LSU - 197.600 (VT - 49.325, UB - 49.4, BB - 49.325, FX - 49.55)
4. Alabama - 197.550 (VT - 49.475, UB - 49.55, BB - 48.850, FX - 49.675)
5. Georgia - 197.050 (VT - 49.275, UB - 49.525, BB - 49.075, FX - 49.175)
6. Nebraska - 196.500 (VT - 49.275, UB - 48.875, BB - 49.125, FX - 49.225)