Feb. 11, 2014
ATHENS-----Sixth-ranked Georgia returns home Friday night to take on the Missouri Tigers at 7:30 p.m. ET. The competition will serve as the annual Pink Meet as the Gym Dogs team up with Athens Regional Medical Center to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
Georgia is coming off a 197.500-196.825 loss at Alabama last week, while Missouri picked up its first win of the season against Southeast Missouri State. The Gym Dogs are looking to maintain their perfect record at Stegeman Coliseum this year.
This is only the 10th meeting all-time between Georgia and Missouri and the third dual meet. The two teams first faced off on Jan. 15, 1985 in Athens, with Georgia coming away with a 185.900-174.500 dual meet win. Last year, the Gym Dogs earned a 196.825-194.550 win at Mizzou. Inclement weather across the midwest delayed Georgia’s trip to Columbia, so the Gym Dogs traveled to Missouri and back to Athens the day of the competition.
Georgia Ranked No. 1 On Bars
For the fourth consecutive week, Georgia is the nation’s top-ranked team on the uneven bars with a 49.432 average. Among the highlights already this season on that event for the Gym Dogs is a 49.6 on the road against Florida, which was the highest bars score by a Georgia team since 1999. A week earlier against Iowa, Georgia scored a 49.525. At that time, UGA had scored higher on bars in just three meets since 2000. UGA has used the same bars lineup in all seven meets. Three Gym Dogs are ranked in the top-10 nationally on bars: Lindsey Cheek is No. 2, Chelsea Davis is No. 5, and Brittany Rogers is No. 9.
» In addition to being ranked second on bars, Lindsey Cheek is ranked 10th on beam and 16th on vault. The Watkinsville, Ga., native entered the season with 10 career event titles, and she already has 11 this season.
» Sophomore Mary Beth Box has led off on beam for the Gym Dogs in each of the last two meets. She registered a 9.85 against Kentucky and a career-high 9.875 last week at Alabama. Box was No. 3 in the beam lineup in the first five meets of the season.
» Going back to the LSU meet on Jan. 17, Georgia has led its oppoenent at the end of 18 of the last 20 rotations. That includes three meets against teams currently ranked in the top-five.
» Three Gym Dogs have earned SEC weekly honors this season. Lindsey Cheek was named the league’s specialist of the week on Jan. 28. On Jan. 21, Chelsea Davis and Kiera Brown were named specialist of the week and freshman of the week, respectively.
» Although RQS rankings don’t go into effect until Feb. 24, the Gym Dogs have a current regional qualifying score of 196.900. In the initial rankings based on RQS a year ago, Georgia had a 196.595.
» 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).
» Georgia began the 2014 season with five meets in 15 days, and four of those meets were against teams ranked in the top-10.
Georgia will take to the road next week when it travels to Auburn for an 8 p.m. ET meet on Friday. The Tigers are currently ranked 12th and will host to Alabama this week.