Jan. 8, 2013
ATHENS-----The Georgia gymnastics team will take to the road for the first time in 2013 as it travels to Arkansas for an 8:00 p.m. ET meet on Friday. This marks the season-opener for the Razorbacks.
The Gym Dogs are coming off a 196.450-195.425 loss to fourth-ranked Oklahoma last weekend at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia led after each of the first three rotations, but the Sooners rallied to win. Cat Hires took first on vault with a career-high 9.925, Shayla Worley placed first on beam with a 9.9, and Chelsea Davis tied for first on bars with a 9.875.
This marks the 25th all-time meeting between Georgia and Arkansas, with the Gym Dogs holding a 21-2-1 series lead, including a 9-1 mark in dual meets. Georgia won last year’s dual meet in Athens, 196.825-195.875, but Arkansas won on Georgia’s last trip to Fayetteville in 2011, 195.775-195.400.
Noel Couch missed last week’s meet with an injury. From 2011-2012 she competed in the all-around in a school-record 28 consecutive meets...Cat Hires competed in the all-around for the first time last week against Oklahoma. She tied her career-highs on vault (9.925) and bars (9.825)...There were two scores of 9.9 or higher last week in the Georgia-Oklahoma meet: Hires’ 9.925 on vault and Shayla Worley’s 9.9 on the balance beam...Georgia’s 49.3 on vault last week was its best vault score in a season-opener since a 49.35 against Stanford in 2007.
Freshmen See Action In Opener
Two of Georgia’s freshmen saw action in the opener last week against Oklahoma. Brittany Rogers competed on three events: vault, bars and beam, with her top score coming on vault (9.85). Brandie Jay earned a spot in the vault and floor lineups, and posted a 9.875 as the vault anchor. She also performed an exhibition routine on bars and turned in a 9.825.
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. Arkansas is No. 12. New rankings will be released next week.
Kat Ding competed in the all-around for the second time in her career, and placed first with a 39.550 to lead sixth-ranked Georgia to a 196.825-195.875 win over third-ranked Arkansas at Stegeman Coliseum. The Gym Dogs outscored the Razorbacks on three events, including on bars where Arkansas entered the meet as the nation’s top-ranked team. Ding also won bars with a 9.95 and tied for first on vault with a 9.9.
Georgia will return home to face Auburn on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Then three days later the Gym Dogs will step out of conference against Stanford at 2 p.m.