Feb. 13, 2013
ATHENS-----No. 9 Georgia returns to Stegeman Coliseum for its final SEC home meet of the season against top-ranked Florida Saturday at 4 p.m. The Gym Dogs are coming off a 195.825-195.825 tie at Kentucky last week, while the Gators posted the highest score of any team this season in a 198.100-196.850 home win over Alabama.
Saturday's meet 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.
This marks the 130th all-time meeting between Georgia and Florida with the Gym Dogs holding an 88-40-1 advantage. In 34 dual meets between the two schools, Georgia is 18-15-1.
This is the seventh time in the last eight dual meets between Georgia and Florida that one of the schools is ranked No. 1. The Gym Dogs were No. 1 in 2006 and 2009, while the Gators were No. 1 in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. UGA came out on top in 2006, 2008 and 2009, Florida won in 2011 and 2012, and the teams tied in 2007. Georgia's last win over the Gators came in 2009.
Georgia has posted the highest score on vault and bars in all six dual meets this season.
Georgia has only had two all-arounders in seven meets this season. Cat Hires was in the lineup on all four events in the season-opener against Oklahoma, then Brittany Rogers competed in the all-around last week at Kentucky.
Chelsea Davis has placed first on bars in the all seven meets, including a 9.95 at Metroplex and against Auburn. That is the highest score on any event by a Georgia gymnast this season, equaling the scores by Brandie Jay on vault and Kaylan Earls on beam against Alabama. Davis has scored a 9.9 or higher in each of the last five meets.
Dating back to last season, a Georgia gymnast has placed first on bars in 13 of the last 14 meets. The only exception was the SEC Championship last year when Kat Ding tied for second.
Georgia came in at No. 9 in this week's top-25 with a 196.396 average. The Gym Dogs are ranked second nationally on bars with a 49.282, fourth on vault (49.304), 11th on beam (4.875) and 14th on floor (48.936). Florida is ranked first overall and on vault and bars, second on beam and sixth on floor.
Individually, Chelsea Davis is ranked first on bars for the second straight week with a 9.907 average. The sophomore from Austin, Texas, won the bars title for the seventh straight meet last week. Freshman Brittany Rogers is ranked 11th on bars (9.868) and 17th on vault (9.886). Kaylan Earls is 13th on beam (9.861), Brandie Jay and Lindsey Cheek are tied for 20th on vault (9.882), and Christa Tanella is ranked 21st on floor (9.868).
Georgia will be on the road for two straight weeks beginning next Friday at Missouri. The Gym Dogs will travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU the following week.