Jan. 23, 2013
ATHENS-----Ninth-ranked Georgia will travel to Fort Worth, Texas for the Metroplex Challenge to be held Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. The Gym Dogs will compete against four other teams: No. 7 LSU, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 16 Oregon State and Washington.
This marks the first time in program history Georgia has competed in the state of Texas. Three current Gym Dogs are Texas natives: Kati Breazeal (Allen), Chelsea Davis (Austin) and Christa Tanella (Lucas).
Georgia will start the meet on the balance beam. In the first rotation, Oklahoma will be on vault, LSU on bars, and Oregon State on floor, and Washington will have a bye before starting on bars in the second rotation.
The Gym Dogs are coming off a season-high score of 197 in the win over 10th-ranked Stanford Monday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia posted season-highs on vault, bars and floor and the fifth-best team score in the country this year.
Georgia vs. The Field
Georgia has already faced one of the teams in the Metroplex Challenge. The Gym Dogs fell to then-fourth-ranked Oklahoma in the season-opener, 196.450-195.425, on Jan. 5 at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia led after each of the first three rotations, but the Sooners had a 49.2-48.0 advantage in the final rotation. This will be the first of three meets against LSU. Georgia will travel to Baton Rouge on March 1, then the two teams will compete in the SEC Championship on March 23. UGA last competed against Oregon State in the second session of the NCAA Prelims last May in Duluth, Ga. The Gym Dogs placed fifth with a 196.525, while Oregon State was sixth with a 196.475. This is only the sixth time Georgia has faced Washington. The two teams last met on March 11, 2000 in Athens as the Gym Dogs won 197.525-194.525.
Georgia's four leadoff scores against Stanford were 9.85 vault, 9.875 on bars, 9.875 on beam and 9.9 on floor. The four anchor scores were all 9.9...Georgia's 49.4 on bars against Auburn and Stanford matched its highest score on the event since the 2011 NCAA Regional...In each of the first four meets, Georgia has posted the highest score on three out of four events...Noel Couch missed the first four meets with an injury. From 2011-2012 she competed in the all-around in a school-record 28 consecutive meets...The Gym Dogs did not have an all-around competitor in the last three meets...Chelsea Davis has placed first on bars in the all four meets, including a 9.95 against Auburn. That is the highest score on any event by a Georgia gymnast this season...Shayla Worley has turned in the team's highest score on beam in three out of four meets.
Georgia came in at No. 9 in the latest edition of the GymInfo Top 25 released prior to the previous meet against Stanford. Current rankings are based on a team's average total score, and Georgia entered the Stanford meet with a 195.892 average. Following the Stanford meet, that average jumped to 196.169.
In the event rankings, Georgia entered the week ranked No. 5 nationally on vault (49.258) and bars (49.192), No. 12 on beam (48.833) and No. 29 on floor (48.608).
Georgia will return home to face No. 5 Alabama on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. ET. The Gym Dogs are seeking their first win over Alabama since 2009. The meet will also serve as the annual Alumni Day, as former Gym Dogs will be honored prior to the competition.