Feb. 27, 2014
ATHENS-----Sixth-ranked Georgia will compete in its final SEC meet of the regular season Saturday against No. 13 Arkansas at 4 p.m. This will be the Gym Dogs' first meet at Stegeman Coliseum since the win over Kentucky on Feb. 1.
Georgia is coming off its season-high road score in a 196.825-196.100 win over Auburn last week. Arkansas, meanwhile, turned in its best mark of the year with a 197.100 in a home win over Kentucky. This will be the seventh top-15 opponent for the Gym Dogs this season. UGA has competed against No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Florida and No. 4 Alabama. The regular season ends with a trip to No. 5 Utah on March 15.
Saturday's meet will serve as Georgia's annual Alumni Day, and the national championship teams of 1989, 1999 and 2009 will be recognized during the meet.
Georgia and Arkansas will meet for the 28th time on Saturday and the sixth time in Athens. The Gym Dogs are 24-2-1 all-time against the Razorbacks, including a 10-1 mark in dual meets. Last year, Georgia won in Fayetteville, 196.200-195.775, in what was Danna Durante's first victory as UGA's head coach. The two teams also competed in the NCAA Regional at Oregon State, where Georgia placed first and Arkansas finished second.
Georgia Ranked No. 1 On Bars
For the sixth consecutive week, Georgia is the nation's top-ranked team on the uneven bars with a 49.470 RQS - more than a tenth higher than the No. 2 bars team. Among the highlights this season on that event for the Gym Dogs is a 49.5 last week at Auburn and 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. Georgia has used the same bars lineup in all eight meets. Three Gym Dogs are ranked in the top-five nationally on bars: Chelsea Davis is No. 2, Lindsey Cheek is No. 4, and Brittany Rogers is No. 5. Brandie Jay is tied for 14th and Kiera Brown is tied for 18th.
» In addition to being tie for fourth nationally on bars, Lindsey Cheek is tied for fifth on the balance beam and tied for eighth on vault. The Watkinsville, Ga., native entered the season with 10 career event titles, and she has 12 this season.
» Sophomore Mary Beth Box has led off on beam for the Gym Dogs in each of the last three meets. She registered a career-high 9.875 in the at Alabama on Feb. 7. 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 opponent at the end of 22 of the last 24 rotations. That includes three meets against teams currently ranked in the top-four.
» Three Gym Dogs have earned SEC weekly honors this season. Lindsey Cheek was named 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.
» Georgia's 196.975 mark in the intitial RQS rankings this week is nearly four-tenths higher than the Gym Dogs' 196.595 in the first edition of the RQS rankings a year ago. The top six scores for RQS purposes are: 197.400, 197.300, 197.175, 196.875, 196.825, and 196.700. The 197.400 against Iowa is dropped and the remaining five are averaged to obtain Georgia's RQS.
» 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 have back-to-back home meets for the only time this season when the Gym Dogs face Denver Saturday, March 8 at 4 p.m.