Georgia vs. Oklahoma Preview
Jan. 2, 2013
Gym Dogs Host Sooners In 2013 Opener
The Georgia gymnastics team embarks on the 41st season in program history when it opens the 2013 campaign against the University of Oklahoma at Stegeman Coliseum. It also marks the first meet for new Georgia head coach Danna Durante, who is the seventh head coach in UGA history.
Georgia returns 11 gymnasts from the 2012 squad including All-Americans Lindsey Cheek, Noel Couch, who has competed in the all-around a school record 28-straight meets, Chelsea Davis, Sarah Persinger and Shayla Worley. This year’s roster includes four seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen.
This marks the 23rd all-time meeting between Georgia and Oklahoma, with Georgia holding an 18-4 advantage. This is only the sixth dual meet between the two schools. The Gym Dogs and Sooners last meet in a dual meet in 2006 when top-ranked Georgia beat sixth-ranked Oklahoma 197.475-195.950. No. 9 Oklahoma beat the seventh-ranked Gym Dogs the previous year, 196.700-196.300 in Norman.
Georgia and Oklahoma will meet again at the Metroplex Challenge Jan. 26 in Fort Worth, Texas.
In the last dual meet between Georgia and Oklahoma, the top-ranked Gym Dogs improved to 10-0 and posted the season’s best score to date in a 197.475-195.950 win over the No. 6 Sooners on Feb. 12, 2006 in Athens. The Gym Dogs led by .55 after one rotation and later turned in a then-season-best on beam of 49.275.
Georgia In Season Openers
Georgia has won its last four season openers, including a 196.525-193.700 win over Denver last year. UGA last lost a season-opener in 2008 when it fell on the road to third-ranked Utah despite scoring a 196.200. Georgia has won eight straight home openers since it lost to 10th-ranked UCLA, 197.850-197.475, to start the 2004 season.
Gym Dogs Welcome Four Newcomers
Georgia has four freshmen on the 2013 roster, including Mary Beth Box (Calhoun, Ga.), Brandie Jay (Fort Collins, Colo.), Brittany Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada) and Anysia Unick (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). Box (sister of former Gym Dog Mariel Box), Jay and Unick have trained with the team since the fall, while Rogers joined the team in December after she competed in the 2012 London Olympics. She helped Canada reach the team final for the first time in a non-boycotted Olympics and qualified for the individual vault finals.
In the preseason coaches’ poll, Georgia came in at No. 11, which is where it finished the 2012 season. The Gym Dogs were ranked in the top-10 each week last year until the final postseason rankings. Oklahoma is ranked No. 4.
Georgia will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the 12th-ranked Razorbacks Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET. UGA, which won last year’s regular season meeting in Athens, leads the all-time series 21-2-1.