Jan. 30, 2014
ATHENS-----The sixth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team will return to Stegeman Coliseum for its third home meet and third SEC meet of the season when it takes on No. 20 Kentucky Saturday at 4 p.m. After five meets in 15 days to start the year, Georgia will already hit the halfway point of the regular season Saturday afternoon.
The Gym Dogs are coming off a 198.050-196.700 loss at Florida last Friday. UGA led after each of the first three rotations, but the Gators rallied to win with a 49.875 on floor. Kentucky claimed an SEC road win at Missouri last week.
This marks the 76th all-time meeting between Georgia and Kentucky with the
Gym Dogs holding a 74-0-1 advantage. The two teams tied in last year's meet in Lexington. Georgia led by .825 entering the final rotation, but had to count a fall on beam.
The Gym Dogs beat Kentucky, 197.225-193.125, in UK's last trip to Athens.
Georgia Ranked No. 1 On Bars
Georgia retained its spot atop the national rankings on the uneven bars this week with a 49.435 average. Last week at Florida, the Gym Dogs turned in their highest score on bars - a 49.6 - since 1999. Previously against Iowa on Jan. 20, Georgia scored a 49.525. At that time, Georgia had only scored higher on bars in three meets since 2000. UGA's bars scores have increased with each meet this season.
Georgia also remained at No. 6 in the overall team rankings with a 196.785 average. The Gym Dogs are eighth on beam, 10th on vault and 11th on floor. Individually, Georgia has three of the top four gymnasts on bars as Cheek is second, Davis is third and Rogers is fourth. Cheek is also No. 11 on vault and No. 17 on beam. Kiera Brown is ranked 21st on bars.
Cheek Earns SEC Honor
Georgia senior Lindsey Cheek was named SEC Specialist of the Week after she placed first on two events last Friday against Florida. In her first routine of the meet, the Watkinsville, Ga., native turned in a career-high 9.975 on bars to help the Gym Dogs score a 49.6. With the 9.975, Cheek moved into first in the SEC and second nationally on the uneven bars. She then tied for first on vault with a season-high 9.925.
Cheek has now scored a 9.9 or higher in 11 of her 15 routines this season, and she has claimed eight individual event titles. Cheek is the third Gym Dog to claim SEC weekly honors this season. Chelsea Davis and Kiera Brown were named Event Specialist and Freshman of the Week, respectively, a week ago.
» 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).
» Four of Georgia's first five opponents were against teams ranked in the top-10 and three against top-five teams. Georgia has already competed against the top three-ranked teams (Oklahoma, LSU, Florida).
» Last week against Florida, Georgia turned in its highest bars (49.6) and floor (49.35) scores of the season and the second-highest mark on vault (49.3). Georgia also had its highest two-rotation (98.9) and three-rotation (148.250) scores of the year.
Georgia will hit the road next week to take on No. 7 Alabama on Feb. 7. UGA beat the Tide last year in Athens, 197.500-196.950.