Feb. 5, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- University of Georgia gymnast Kaylan Earls has been named the SEC Specialist of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Earls scored a career-high 9.95 on beam and a 9.875 on floor to help Georgia post a season-high team score of 197.500 in its win over Alabama on Saturday. The 9.95 gave Earls her first beam title of the season and the team’s 197.500 is the second-highest team score in the nation.
“I owe it all to God. I thank Him everyday for his many blessings and being SEC Specialist of the Week is just another blessing,” said Earls.
A native of Chicago, Ill., Earls has competed on the beam and floor in all six meets this year. Earls has the team-high on beam this season and ties for team high on floor, with a 9.9.
This is the third consecutive week a Gym Dog has garnered SEC weekly honors, with Brandie Jay and Brittany Rogers being named SEC Freshman of the Week Jan. 23 and Jan. 29, respectively. The last time Georgia gymnasts have received SEC honors three straight weeks was in 2009, when Courtney Kupets took home SEC Gymnast of the Week Jan. 13, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27.
Next up, the No. 6 Gym Dogs travel to Lexington, Ky., to take on No. 18 Kentucky on Friday at 7 p.m. Georgia returns home on Feb. 16, to host No. 1 Florida at 4 p.m