Lindsey Cheek tied for first on vault with a 9.9 Friday at Oklahoma.
Jan. 11, 2014
PALO ALTO, Calif.-----The No. 8 Georgia gymnastics team will continue its season-opening road trip when it travels to ninth-ranked Stanford for a 5 p.m. ET meet on Sunday.
The Gym Dogs are coming off a 197.700-196.500 loss at No. 3 Oklahoma on Friday night. Despite the loss, UGA posted its highest score in a road opener since the 2009 season.
Stanford opened the season last week with a quad-meet victory against Sacramento State, UC Davis and San Jose State. The Cardinal scored a 194.825.
This is the the 23rd all-time meeting between Georgia and Stanford and the seventh dual meet. UGA leads the all-time series 20-1-1 and is 6-0 in dual meets. The two teams last met in the fourth meet of the 2013 season in Athens. The Gym Dogs used eight scores of 9.9 or higher to earn a 197.000-195.400 win in Stegeman Coliseum. Lindsey Cheek set three season-highs and one career high, and Georgia gymnasts finished first on all four events.
Georgia's Last Trip To Stanford
This marks Georgia's first trip to Stanford since the first weekend of the 2008 season. The top-ranked Gym Dogs opened that season with a narrow loss at third-ranked Utah, then rebounded two days later with a 196.875-196.150 win over Stanford at Burnham Pavilion. That was Georgia's first dual meet at Stanford since 1997.
Four Gym Dogs Make Debut
Four Georgia freshmen competed for the first time Friday night against Oklahoma. Ashlyn Broussard performed routines on vault, beam and floor, Morgan Reynolds competed on beam and floor, and Kiera Brown performed on the uneven bars. Lauren Johnson was a vault exhibitionist. Georgia has six freshmen on its roster this season, which is the most 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. Stanford is ranked No. 9.
Georgia will return to Athens for the 2014 home opener against No. 5 LSU Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers scored a 197.200 in their season-opener against Centenary on Friday night.