Gym Dogs Preview Routines At Sneak Peek
Gina Nuccio

Dec. 17, 2011

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ATHENS-----The Georgia gymnastics team previewed its season routines at the annual Sneak Peek held Saturday at the Suzanne Yoculan Gymnastics Center. It was a chance for fans to catch a glimpse of the Gym Dogs before the season opener against Denver on Jan. 6.

The Gym Dogs split into two teams, and both teams performed full routines on vault, bars, beam and floor.

"Overall it was a great success," said head coach Jay Clark. "I feel a lot better about where we are now relative to last year. We made some mistakes and the freshmen were a little tight and a little nervous, but I was really pleased. If we can dodge the injury bug and not go through some of the things we had last year, there is a lot of potential for this team to do something special."

Senior Kat Ding turned in a pair of 9.9s on bars and beam, and added a 9.875 on vault to pace the Red team.

"We had a really good day," Ding said. "Sometimes it's tough when you go out there for the first time in front of the crowd. Everyone has jitters and it's an exciting day, but everyone just has to find a groove. The older you get, the more exciting it is."

In the opening rotation, Cat Hires scored a 9.85 on vault, and Bekah Bennetts and Noel Couch led the Black team with a pair of 9.8s.

In her final routine, freshman Sarah Persinger posted a 9.875 on floor for the Red team, and senior Gina Nuccio matched it for the Black team. On beam, Kati Breazeal led the Black team with a 9.85.

Persinger was one of three Georgia freshmen who competed Saturday along with Chelsea Davis and Whitney Kirby.

The Gym Dogs will now break for the holidays before they reconvene in Athens in late December.

"One thing we definitely saw today is that for us to be successful, we need all hands on deck," Clark said. "The plan is to make sure we stay where we are physically or improve. That's the challenge for the team right now as they go home. We'll come back and hit the ground running."

 

 

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