Gym Dogs Place Fifth In NCAA Gymnastics Semifinal
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April 20, 2012
DULUTH, Ga.-----The Georgia gymnastics team posted the meet's highest score on vault and tied for second on bars, but counted two falls on beam and placed fifth with a 196.500 in the second semifinal session of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships Friday night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Alabama finished first with a 197.675, followed by Florida (197.650), Arkansas (197.150), Ohio State (196.525), Georgia and Oregon State (196.475). Alabama, Florida and Arkansas will compete in the NCAA Super Six Saturday at 4 p.m.
"You go all year long with a team that really is the model of consistency all year," said Georgia head coach Jay Clark. "We did not count a fall on any event for 13 straight meets. Tonight, it didn't go for us on balance beam. We won vault and we were second bars. Beam has been our highest ranked event for the bulk of the year. It has been a consistent event for us.
"I'm disappointed, but I'm proud of the way they fought on the final two events. They fought with a tremendous amount of pride and executed those two events. They understand what Georgia is supposed to be and they want to carry that mantle so bad. I think they are just hurting right now and I think we are just all disappointed."
Senior Kat Ding tied for first on vault and bars and tied for second in the all-around to lead the Gym Dogs, while Lindsey Cheek tied for third on vault and Chelsea Davis tied for third on bars. All three will compete in the individual event finals Sunday at 1 p.m.
Georgia (18-9) opened the meet with a season-best 49.4 on the uneven bars despite a fall on the first routine of the meet. A 9.925 by Davis in the No. 4 spot was followed by a 9.9 by Gina Nuccio and a 9.95 by Ding.
Alabama took the early lead with a 49.6 on beam, and Florida turned in a 49.575 on vault. Georgia's 49.4 on bars was good for third place after the first rotation, while Arkansas scored a 49.15 on floor.
The Gym Dogs then went to the balance beam, where they counted two falls and scored a 48.275. Shayla Worley led the team with a 9.925 in the anchor, and Laura Moffatt had a 9.9. Meanwhile, Arkansas posted a 49.275 on vault for a 98.425 total, ahead of Georgia's 97.675.
After a bye in the third rotation, Georgia scored a 49.225 on floor in the fourth rotation for a 146.9 total. Florida held a slight edge over Alabama, 148.375-148.275, while Arkansas was third with a 147.7.
Georgia then went to vault and posted its best score since 2009 with a 49.600 as three of the Gym Dogs' six competitors set or tied career highs. Davis led off with a 9.9, then Noel Couch followed with a 9.9. After a 9.95 by Cheek in the No. 4 spot, Ding closed the meet for UGA with a career-high 9.975 for a 39.650 in the all-around.
1. Alabama - 197.675 (Vault - 49.4, Bars - 49.400, Beam - 49.600, Floor - 49.275)
2. Florida - 197.650 (Vault - 49.575, Bars - 49.45, Beam - 49.35, Floor - 49.275)
3. Arkansas - 197.250 (Vault - 49.275, Bars - 49.275, Beam - 49.45, Floor - 49.15)
4. Ohio State - 196.525 (Vault - 49.175, Bars - 48.975, Beam - 49.225, Floor - 49.15)
5. Georgia - 196.500 (Vault - 49.600, Bars - 49.400, Beam - 48.275, Floor - 49.225)
6. Oregon State - 196.475 (Vault - 49.05, Bars - 49.15, Beam - x, Floor - 48.975)
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