April 3, 2013
ATHENS-----University of Georgia senior gymnast Shayla Worley has been named Southeast Region Gymnast of the Year, it was announced Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).
A native of Orlando, Fla., Worley shared the SEC balance beam title with teammate Brittany Rogers, and she is currently ranked No. 2 in the country on that event with a 9.92 RQS. Worley has won eight event titles this season, including six on beam and two on floor.
"This is a great honor for Shayla," UGA coach Danna Durante said. "It is a tribute to all the hard work she has done inside and outside of the gym. She has continued to improve even in her senior year. Shayla has excelled throughout her career at Georgia, and she been more consistent this year than in her previous three years. What is most exciting is everything she still has left to do this year. She is focused on finishing strong."
Worley registered career-highs on bars (9.925), beam (9.95) and floor (9.95) this season, including a 9.95 on beam three times.
"It's a great honor to receive this award at the end of the season," Worley said. "I look forward to much more success with my team."
Worley and the fourth-ranked Gym Dogs will compete in the NCAA Corvallis Regional at Oregon State Saturday at 7 p.m. The top two teams will advance to the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles April 19-21.