March 17, 2014
ATHENS-----Georgia concluded the regular season with its highest road score of the year in a 198.025-197.600 loss to Utah in front of 15,224 fans at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City Saturday night.
The Gym Dogs scored a season-high 49.450 on floor, and they were just a half-tenth shy of the highest overall score of the year. Sophomore Brittany Rogers scored a career-high 39.6 in the all-around, and her classmate Brandie Jay turned in a pair of 9.95s on vault and floor in addition to a 9.875 on bars. Freshman Morgan Reynolds registered a career-high 9.875 on beam to go along with a 9.85 on floor and 9.825 on vault.
The meet was tied with three routines remaining in the final rotation, and Utah finished the competition with a 9.925, 9.95 and a perfect 10.0 on floor.
RANKINGS: Georgia remained at No. 6 in this week’s top 25. The Gym Dogs improved their RQS to a 197.200. Florida is ranked No. 1 this week, followed by LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Utah, Georgia, UCLA, Michigan, Nebraska and Stanford to round out the top-10.
Georgia is once again No. 1 on the uneven bars with a 49.525 RQS. The Gym Dogs moved up to No. 5 on beam (49.240), No. 6 on vault (49.385) and No. 9 on floor (49.280).
Junior Chelsea Davis remained in a tie for first nationally on bars with Utah’s Georgia Dabritz. Lindsey Cheek is third, and Brittany Rogers is sixth, while Kiera Brown is tied for 21st and Brandie Jay is 25th.
Cheek is also tied for eighth on beam and 15th on vault, and Jay is tied for 17th on floor and ranked 20th on vault. Senior Kaylan Earls is No. 6 on the balance beam.
Rogers moved up to No. 9 in the all-around following her career-high performance against Utah Saturday night.
NEXT UP: Georgia will begin postseason competition this week at the SEC Championship held at the BJCC in Birmingham, Ala. The Gym Dogs will begin the second session Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on floor. Florida will start on vault, LSU on bars and Alabama on beam. The first session including Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri will begin at 2 p.m. ET.
Georgia has won a total of 16 SEC titles, which is more than any other team. Florida has nine SEC titles, Alabama has seven, while LSU has one. Georgia’s last SEC crown came in 2008.