Feb. 26, 2013
ATHENS-----Seventh-ranked Georgia will face fifth-ranked LSU Friday night in Baton Rouge in the SEC regular season finale. Georgia is coming off its highest road score of the season in a 196.825-195.440 win at Missouri last week, while LSU fell on the road at Auburn despite scoring a 196.975.
This is the second time Georgia and LSU have met this season. Earlier this year at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, LSU placed second with a 197.100, while the Gym Dogs were fourth with a 196.775.
Georgia-LSU History & Ties
This marks the 85th all-time meeting between Georgia and LSU with the Gym Dogs holding a 66-16-2 advantage, including an 11-5-1 mark in Baton Rouge. In 30 dual meets between the two schools Georgia is 23-6-1.
Before joining the UGA staff last summer, assistant coach Philip Ogletree was an assistant coach at LSU for 12 seasons. He coached the Tigers on the uneven bars and also coordinated their recruiting efforts. LSU associate head coach Jay Clark was head coach at Georgia for the 2010-2012 seasons. He was also an assistant coach under Suzanne Yoculan for 17 years, and served as an assistant or associate head coach on seven national championship teams.
Georgia has posted the highest score on vault and bars in all eight dual meets this season.
Last week at Missouri, UGA registered its second-highest beam score of the season and the third-highest scores on bars and floor.The Gym Dogs scored season-highs on vault (49.550) and bars (49.450) two weeks ago against Florida for a running total of 99.00 after two rotations, which matches the score Georgia had through two rotations against Michigan on March 14, 2009. The last time UGA had a higher score through two rotations was at the 2008 NCAA Regional at Penn State, when the Gym Dogs posted a 99.075.
Georgia has only had three all-arounders in eight 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 Feb. 16 at Kentucky and last week at Missouri. She scored a 38.6 both times and placed first last week.
Chelsea Davis has finished first on bars in all nine meets, including a 9.95 in each of the last two weeks. She has scored a 9.9 or higher in the last seven meets.
Dating back to last season, a Georgia gymnast has placed first on bars in 14 of the last 15 meets. The only exception was the SEC Championship last year when Kat Ding tied for second.
Georgia moved up one spot to No. 7 in this week's national rankings. This is the first week rankings are based on regional qualifying scores. RQS is based on a team's six best regular-season-meet scores; to obtain the RQS, the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged. In the event rankings, Georgia is No. 2 on bars with a 49.385 RQS, No. 4 on vault (49.335), and No. 10 on beam (49.010) and floor (49.105).
Individually, Chelsea Davis held on to her spot atop the bars rankings with a 9.935 RQS, while freshman Brittany Rogers is tied for third at 9.9. Davis has won the bars title in every meet and has scored a 9.95 four times, including most recently Friday night against Mizzou.
Georgia has another freshman ranked in the top-five nationally as Brandie Jay is fourth on vault with a 9.91. She is one of three Gym Dogs in the top-20 on vault, with Rogers coming in at No. 15 (9.89), and Lindsey Cheek tied for 18th (9.885).
Shayla Worley, who tied her career-high with a 9.95 Friday night, is tied for eighth on the balance beam with a 9.875, while Kaylan Earls is 20th with a 9.855. On floor, Christa Tanella is tied for 18th with a 9.875.
Georgia will return home to face eighth-ranked Utah in the 2013 home finale on Saturday, March 9. UGA will be searching for its first win over Utah since 2009.