Jan. 18, 2014
ATHENS-----Fresh off a thrilling win over No. 2 LSU on Friday night, the ninth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team will compete against the Iowa Hawkeyes Monday at 2 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum.
The Gym Dogs picked up their first win of the season Friday night with a 197.175-196.875 win over LSU in the 2014 home opener. Iowa fell on the road to Ball State 189.975-188.875 on Friday. This is Georgia’s fourth meet in 10 days to start the year.
This is only the seventh meeting all-time between Georgia and Iowa and the second dual meet. UGA defeated the Hawkeyes 197.000-193.250 early in the 2003 season in Athens. All other five meeting have come in postseason competition, most recently at the 2010 NCAA Regional in Columbia, Mo. Georgia is 6-0 all-time against Iowa.
Recapping the LSU Meet
Georgia opened its home schedule in exciting fashion Friday night, knocking off No. 2 LSU 197.175-196.875 in front of 9,439 fans at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia gymnasts placed first on three events, including a meet-high and career-high 9.975 on bars by Chelsea Davis, while Lindsey Cheek scored a 9.925 on bars and a 9.9 on vault. Cheek has now scored a 9.9 or higher on vault and bars in all three meets to open the season. The Gym Dogs led LSU after each rotation, and it was the highest-ranked opponent Georgia has beaten in a dual meet since a win at No. 1 Florida in 2008.
» Four Georgia freshmen have seen action in the first three meets of the season. Ashlyn Broussard has performed routines on vault, beam and floor, Morgan Reynolds has competed on beam and floor, and Kiera Brown has performed on the uneven bars. Lauren Johnson has been a vault exhibitionist in all three meets.
» 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).
» For the first time this season, Georgia will compete against a team not ranked in the top-10. After facing two top-10 opponents last weekend, Georgia competed against No. 2 LSU on Friday. Next week, the Gym Dogs will travel to No. 4 Florida followed two weeks later by a trip to No. 3 Alabama on Feb. 7.
» With a 9.9, a 9.925 and a 9.975 on bars in her first three meets, Chelsea Davis picked up where she left off in 2013. The junior has scored a 9.9 or higher in 13 straight regular season meets dating back to the Auburn meet in the third week of the season a year ago. She spent seven weeks ranked No. 1 in the country on bars in 2013.
» Mary Beth Box earned a spot in the floor lineup Friday night against LSU for the second time in her career and the first time at home. Her only other floor routine came in the regular season finale at NC State in 2013. She scored a 9.9 against the Wolfpack.
» After three meets this season, Georgia has a higher scoring average on bars, beam and floor than it did through three meets a year ago.
Georgia will hit the road again for a meet at defending national champion Florida Friday night at 7 p.m. Florida. It will be the home opener for the Gators, who started the season with road wins at UCLA and Auburn.