Lindsey Cheek earned first team All-America honors for the third straight year in 2013.
Jan. 7, 2014
ATHENS-----The Georgia gymnastics team embarks on the 42nd season in program history when it opens the 2014 campaign at the University of Oklahoma Friday night 7:45 p.m. ET. The meet will be televised live by FOX College Sports, and live audio will also be available on georgiadogs.com.
Georgia returns 11 gymnasts from the 2013 NCAA Super Six squad including All-Americans Brittany Rogers, Sarah Persinger, Lindsey Cheek, Brandie Jay, Chelsea Davis and Kaylan Earls. This year's roster includes three seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and six freshmen.
Friday's meet marks the beginning of head coach Danna Durante'ssecond season at UGA. The Tulsa, Okla., native led the Gym Dogs back to the Super Six for the first time since 2009 in her first season in Athens.
This marks the 26th all-time meeting between Georgia and Oklahoma, with Georgia holding an 18-7 advantage. This is only the seventh dual meet between the two schools. The Gym Dogs and Sooners opened the 2013 season at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia led after each of the first three rotations, but OU rallied to win 196.450-195.425. They met again in the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, and again in the Super Six in Los Angeles. This marks the third time Georgia and Oklahoma have met in Norman, and the first time since a dual meet in 2005.
Georgia In Season Openers
Georgia has won four of its last five season openers, including its last one on the road in a tri-meet at Denver in 2011. This is the Gym Dogs' highest ranked opponent to start the season since it fell to No. 3 Utah to begin the 2008 season in Salt Lake City. UGA went on to win the fourth of five straight NCAA titles that season.
Gym Dogs Welcome Six Newcomers
Georgia has four freshmen on the 2014 roster: Ashlyn Broussard (Plano, Texas), Kiera Brown (Newport News, Va.), Lauren Johnson (Atlanta), Morgan Reynolds (Athens, Ga.), Beth Roberts (Tifton, Ga.), and Rachel Schick(Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.). This is the most freshmen Georgia has had since there were six freshmen in 2007. The last time the Gym Dogs had more than six freshmen was in 2004 (7).
A Look At The 2014 Schedule
Georgia will face one of the nation's toughest schedules in 2014 with 10 meets against teams ranked in the preseason top-25, including six in the top-10. Four of Georgia's first five meets are against teams in the top-10 and three are against top-five teams. Five of the Gym Dogs' six road meets are against top-10 teams.
In the preseason coaches' poll, Georgia came in at No. 8, which is two spots below where it finished the 2013 season. The Gym Dogs opened the 2013 season ranked 11th and have been in the top-nine of each edition of the rankings since. Oklahoma is ranked No. 3.
Georgia will have a short turnaround as it travels to No. 9 Stanford for a 5 p.m. ET meet on Sunday. The Gym Dogs will travel from Oklahoma City to Palo Alto on Saturday.