Sarah Persinger made her 2014 debut last week against Kentucky.
Feb. 3, 2014
ATHENS-----The Georgia gymnastics team moved up to No. 5 in this week's GymInfo Top 25 following the 197.300-190.950 win over Kentucky Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
Rankings are currently based on average overall score, and Georgia has a 196.871. Florida moved into the No. 1 spot this week with a 197.413, followed by Oklahoma (197.294), LSU (197.225), Utah (196.963), Georgia, Michigan (196.863), Alabama (196.788), Nebraska (196.575), UCLA (196.375) and Auburn (196.125) to round out the top-10.
The Gym Dogs retained their spot atop the uneven bars rankings with a 49.438 average. Georgia is No. 8 on beam (49.033), ninth on vault (49.254), and 11th on floor (49.146).
Individually, Lindsey Cheek moved into the No. 1 spot on bars, followed by Chelsea Davis at No. 3 and Brittany Rogers at No. 9. Cheek is tied for ninth on vault and is 17th on beam. Sophomore Brandie Jay is ranked 19th on floor.
RQS: RQS rankings don't go into effect until Feb. 24, but Georgia is the only team in the country that already has a regional qualifying score. RQS is based on a team's six best regular-season-meet scores, of which three must be away. To obtain the regional qualifying score (RQS), the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged. Georgia's current RQS is 196.765. In the initial rankings based on RQS a year ago, Georgia had a 196.595.
CHEEK PLACES FIRST ON THREE EVENTS: Lindsey Cheek competed on vault, bars and beam for the sixth time this year Saturday against Kentucky, and she placed first on all three events. She began the meet by tying her career-high on vault with a 9.95, then added another 9.95 on bars. The Watkinsville, Ga., native won the beam title with a 9.875.
Cheek has performed 18 routines this season - six each on vault, bars and beam. She has scored one 9.975, three 9.95s, three 9.925s, six 9.9s, three 9.875s, a 9.8 and a 9.775. Cheek has a total of 11 event titles - six of which she won outright.
PERSINGER MAKES 2014 DEBUT: Junior All-America Sarah Persinger made her 2014 debut at the No. 4 spot in the beam lineup against Kentucky. Although her score did not count against the Wildcats, Persinger will provide depth and experience in the beam lineup as Georgia enters the second half of its regular season schedule.
THIS WEEK: Georgia will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on seventh-ranked Alabama Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. Georgia leads the all-time series with Alabama 80-51-2, but the Tide has won the last two dual meets against the Gym Dogs at Coleman Coliseum. The meet will be televised by ESPN2 with an air date of Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. It will replay again on ESPNU Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Free live audio coverage will be available on georgiadogs.com.