Jan. 26, 2011
GEORGIA AT KENTUCKY
After three straight home meets, Georgia (5-1, 1-0 SEC) will take to the road when it travels to Kentucky (2-2, 0-2 SEC) for a 7 p.m. meet on Friday. For the Gym Dogs, it is their first meet away from Stegeman Coliseum since the season-opening quad meet win at Denver on Jan. 8. Georgia is coming off two impressive performances, scoring a 196.725 in a win over West Virginia on Jan. 17 and a 196.650 against Auburn on Jan. 21. Kentucky is coming off a loss to Arkansas last week.
Georgia is the only team in the country ranked in the top five in vault, bars, beam and floor with an average of 49.000 or higher on all four events...Georgia's 49.45 on bars vs. West Virginia is tied with Florida for the highest bars score so far this season. It was also the highest bars score by the Gym Dogs since a 49.5 in the 2009 SEC Championship...The Gym Dogs' 49.425 on floor vs. Auburn is the highest score floor of any team in the country this season...Georgia owns two of the top four overall team scores in the country - a 196.725 vs. West Virginia (third highest) and a 196.650 against Auburn (fourth)...Cassidy McComb already has eight individual titles this season after winning one a year ago.
THE GEORGIA-KENTUCKY SERIES
This is the 67th meeting between Georgia and Kentucky since records kept in 1980. Georgia has won all 66 previous meetings. Last season, the Gym Dogs beat Kentucky in Athens, 197.200-195.550. On Georgia's last visit to Lexington in 2009, the Gym Dogs won a tri-meet with UK and Centenary with a 196.970.
LAST TIME OUT
Freshman Lindsey Cheek competed in the all-around for the first time in her career and tied the highest score in the country to date, logging a 39.550 through four events to help No. 5 Georgia to a 196.650-194.975 win over SEC rival Auburn last Friday in Stegeman Coliseum. It was the second straight score of 196 or above for Georgia, which now owns the Nos. 3 and 4 scores in the country in 2011. Cheek became the fourth gymnast in the country to score a 39.550 on the all-around this season. She posted career-highs on all four routines include 9.9s or above on vault and bars, and claimed three event titles in addition to all-around. The Gym Dogs saw seven 9.9s on the night.
LAST TIME VS. KENTUCKY - FEB. 5, 2010
Ninth-ranked Georgia put up season-high scores in three events in addition to its highest overall score of the season en route to a 197.200-195.550 win over No. 11 Kentucky in front of 9,864 at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia was the best it had been all season to that point on bars (49.450), beam (49.400), and floor (49.400) as the Gym Dogs move to 2-3 (1-2 SEC). Kentucky drops to 3-4 (1-3) on the year. The Gym Dogs edged the Wildcats on all events except for vault. The Gym Dogs' 197.200 was good for the second-highest score in the nation at that point behind only Alabama's 197.450.
CHEEK GARNERS WEEKLY HONOR
Lindsey Cheek was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Tuesday for her performance against Auburn last Friday. The Watkinsville, Ga., native scored a 39.550 in the all-around in the win over Auburn last Friday. She tied three other gymnasts for the highest all-around score in the country this season, and her 39.550 is the highest by a freshman this year. Cheek won individual titles on vault with a 9.95, bars with a 9.925 and beam with a 9.85. Her efforts helped the Gym Dogs post a team score of 196.650, the fourth-highest score of any team this season. Cheek, who graduated high school a semester early and joined the Gym Dogs in late December, now has five individual titles and has been Georgia's top performer on vault in all four meets.
Georgia travels to No. 12 Arkansas for its second straight road meet on Feb. 4. The Gym Dogs then face top-ranked Florida at home on Feb. 12.