Georgia Vs. Utah Preview
March 6, 2013
ATHENS-----Eighth-ranked Georgia will compete in Stegeman Coliseum for the final time in 2013 when it faces No. 7 Utah Saturday at 6 p.m.
This marks the 48th all-time meeting between Georgia and Utah with the Gym Dogs holding a 24-22-1 advantage. This is only the 11th dual meet between the two schools, and the Utes have a 6-4 edge.
Utah has won the last three dual meets, including a 197.150-196.950 win in Salt Lake City last year when the Red Rocks were ranked No. 1.
In 2011, Utah rallied from a three-tenths deficit entering the fourth rotation to win in Athens, 195.900-195.800. Georgia's last dual meet win over Utah came in 2009 in Stegeman Coliseum, 197.150-196.725.
No two teams have combined for more NCAA titles than Georgia and Utah. The Gym Dogs have won 10 NCAA titles, while Utah has won nine.
Georgia has posted the highest score on vault and bars in eight out of nine dual meets this season.
In Georgia's last home meet on Feb. 16, the Gym Dogs scored season-highs on vault (49.550) and bars (49.450) 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 turned in one of its best performances of the season on beam and floor last week at LSU. The Gym Dogs' 49.225 was the second-highest beam score of the year, and the 49.15 on floor was the highest road score on that event.
Chelsea Davis has finished first on bars in nine out of 10 meets, including a 9.9 or higher in each of the last eight meets. She has been ranked No. 1 on that event for five straight weeks.
Dating back to last season, a Georgia gymnast has placed first on bars in 14 of the last 16 meets. The only exception was the SEC Championship last year when Kat Ding tied for second.
With two meets remaining in the regular season, Georgia came in at No. 8 in this week's top-25. The Gym Dogs improved their RQS to a 196.725 following last weekend's meet at LSU. Utah is No. 7 with a 196.740.
In the event rankings, Georgia is No. 3 on bars (49.385), No. 6 on vault (49.335), ninth on beam (49.090) and No. 12 on floor (49.145).
Individually, Chelsea Davis remained at No. 1 on the uneven bars with a 9.935 RQS, and Brittany Rogers is tied for fifth with a 9.905. On vault, Brandie Jay is sixth with a 9.910, followed by Lindsey Cheek at No. 16 (9.895) and Rogers, who is tied for 19th with a 9.890.
Georgia will travel to Raleigh, N.C., for the regular season finale at NC State on March 17. It will be the Gym Dogs' first trip to NC State since the 2009 NCAA Regional.
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