Jan. 22, 2014
ATHENS-----After reaching the 197.000 mark twice in the last week in wins over LSU and Iowa, sixth-ranked Georgia will take on No. 3 Florida Friday at 7 p.m. in Gainesville. The Gym Dogs scored a 197.175 in the meet against No. 2 LSU last Friday, followed by a 197.400 against Iowa on Monday. This marks the home opener for the defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Gators, who beat UCLA and Auburn in the first two weeks of the season.This is Georgia's fifth meet in 15 days to start the year.
This marks the 134th all-time meeting between Georgia and Florida with the Gym Dogs holding an 88-44-1 advantage. In 35 dual meets between the two schools, Georgia is 18-16-1.Georgia's last win over the Gators came in 2009 and the Gym Dogs' last win in Gainesville was in 2008.
» Georgia junior Chelsea Davis and freshman Kiera Brown were named the SEC Event Specialist of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, following their performances against LSU and Iowa. David scored a 9.975 on bars and a 9.9 on vault agaisnt LSU, while Brown registered a 9.95 on bars against the Hawkeyes. Florida's Bridget Sloan was named SEC Gymnast of the Week.
» Four Georgia freshmen have seen action in the first four 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 and Reynolds have performed exhibitions on vault.
» 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).
» The meet against Florida is Georgia's fourth competition this season against a team ranked in the top-10 and the third meet against a top-five opponent. After Florida, the Gym Dogs have three more meets against teams currently ranked in the top-10.
» 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 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 is currently ranked No. 1 on bars, and she spent seven weeks ranked No. 1 in the country on bars in 2013.
» Lindsey Cheek has scored a 9.9 or higher in nine of her 12 routines this season. She entered the year with 18 scores of 9.9 or higher in her first three seasons as a Gym Dog. She has placed first six times this season, and she had 10 career event titles prior to this year.
» Georgia's 197.400 against Iowa on Monday is the second-highest score in the country this season. Incidentally, the top two scores this year have come in meets involving the Gym Dogs. Oklahoma turned in a 197.700 at home against UGA on Jan. 10.
Georgia Ranked No. 1 On Bars
Georgia came in at No. 1 on the uneven bars in the latest national rankings released Monday. The rankings do not reflect the scores from Monday's victory over Iowa when the Gym Dogs scored a 49.525 on bars. Only three times since 2000 has Georgia scored higher on bars than it did on Monday. Florida is tied for second nationally on bars.
In the overall team rankings, Georgia is No. 6. The Gym Dogs are seventh on beam, tied for ninth on vault and 14th on floor. Individually, Chelsea Davis moved to No. 1 on bars following her 9.975 against LSU last Friday. Lindsey Cheek is ranked third on bars, 11th on vault and 22nd on beam.
Georgia will return home to face the 17th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. The two teams tied in a dual meet last year in Lexington after a video review raised UK's final tally.