Coach Danna Durante
March 11, 2014
ATHENS-----Sixth-ranked Georgia will conclude the 2014 regular season Saturday night when it travels to No. 5 Utah. The meet will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network at 9 p.m. ET.
Georgia is coming off a 197.025-195.825 win over Denver last week in the regular season home finale, while Utah placed third in a tri-meet with Michigan and UCLA in Ann Arbor.
The Gym Dogs have competed in dual meets against current No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Alabama and now No. 5 Utah. UGA is seeking its first win in Salt Lake City since 2006.
This marks the 49th all-time meeting between Georgia and Utah with the Gym Dogs holding a 25-22-1 advantage. This is only the 12th dual meet between the two schools, and the Utes have a 6-5 edge.
The Gym Dogs defeated Utah on Senior Day last year in Athens, 197.650-196.975 for the first win in the series since 2009. Utah won the last meeting in Salt Lake City, 197.150-196.950, in 2012 when the Red Rocks were ranked No. 1.
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 Ranked No. 1 On Bars
For eight consecutive weeks, Georgia has been ranked No. 1 nationally on the uneven bars. Two weeks, the Gym Dogs posted a 49.675 in the second rotation against Arkansas to tie the seventh-best bars score in school history. Other highlights this season on bars for the Gym Dogs include a 49.6 last week vs. Denver, 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 10 meets. Three Gym Dogs are ranked in the top-five nationally on bars: Chelsea Davis is tied for first nationally, Lindsey Cheek is No. 3, and Brittany Rogers is No. 5. Kiera Brown is ranked 19th.
» Saturday’s meet between Georgia and Utah features the country’s top two gymnasts on the uneven bars according to the national rankings. UGA junior Chelsea Davis and Utah junior Georgia Dabritz are tied for No. 1 with a 9.94 RQS.
» In addition to being ranked third nationally on bars, Lindsey Cheek is 11th on the balance beam and tied for 14th on vault. The Watkinsville, Ga., native entered the season with 10 career event titles, and she has 16 this season.
» Going back to the LSU meet on Jan. 17, Georgia has led its opponent at the end of 30 of the last 32 rotations. That includes three meets against teams currently ranked in the top-four.
» Three Gym Dogs have earned SEC weekly honors four times this season. Lindsey Cheek was named specialist of the week after her performance March 1 against Arkansas, and she also was honored on Jan. 28. On Jan. 21, Chelsea Davis and Kiera Brown were named specialist of the week and freshman of the week, respectively.
» Georgia began last week’s meet against Denver with a 49.625 on vault, tying its highest mark since the 2006 NCAA Super Six. It was the Gym Dogs’ best vault score in a regular season meet since second-ranked Georgia topped No. 1 UCLA on Jan. 13, 2002.
» Although Georgia has not received a perfect 10 this year from both judges, one judge has awarded a 10.0 on seven routines: Lindsey Cheek and Brandie Jay on vault, Cheek three times on bars, and Chelsea Davis and Cat Hires once each on bars.
» In the last 11 dual meets, Georgia has turned in a 49.6 or higher five times: this season vault vs. Denver, bars vs. Denver Arkansas, Florida, and beam vs. NC State in 2013.
» 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 begin postseason competition next week at the SEC Championship in Birmingham, Ala. The Gym Dogs will compete in the 7 p.m. ET session with LSU, Florida and Alabama. Auburn, Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky will compete in the first session at 3 p.m.