April 15, 2014
ATHENS-----Georgia will make its 30th appearance in the NCAA Championships April 18-20 at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Ala. The sixth-seeded Gym Dogs will compete in the first semifinal session Friday, April 18 at 2 p.m. ET against No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 LSU, No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Stanford and No. 11 Illinois. The top three finishers advance to the Super Six against three teams from the 8 p.m. ET session that includes No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 15 Penn State.
The Super Six is slated for a 7 p.m. ET start on Saturday, April 19, and the individual event finals will be held Sunday, April 20 at 3 p.m. The top four individuals from each semifinal in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will compete in the individual event finals. The all-around championship will be awarded to the individual with the highest cumulative score during semifinal competition. The individual event champions will be determined solely on the bases of scores from the individual event competition.
Georgia's History At The NCAA Championships
Georgia leads the country with 10 NCAA titles, with five coming from 2005-2009. The Gym Dogs have finished third or better in the NCAA Championships in 21 of their last 26 appearances. The current championship format started in 1993, and UGA advanced to the Super Six each year from 1993-2009. Including regional, semifinal and Super Six competition, Georgia has won 28 of its last 43 NCAA meets dating back to 1998.
Georgia leads all other teams nationally in number of individual NCAA champions. The Gym Dogs' 40 is eight more than second place UCLA and 16 more than third place Utah.
Georgia Ranked No. 1 On Bars
For 10 straight weeks, Georgia has been ranked No. 1 nationally on the uneven bars. The high mark of the year - and over the last 15 years - came on March 22 when the Gym Dogs set an SEC Championship record with a 49.7. Earlier this season, the Gym Dogs posted a 49.675 in the second rotation against Arkansas to tie what was then the seventh-best bars score in school history. Other highlights on bars for the Gym Dogs include a 49.6 vs. Denver and on the road against Florida, which was the highest bars score by a Georgia team since 1999. Georgia has used the same bars lineup in all 13 meets. Three Gym Dogs are ranked in the top-nine nationally on bars: Chelsea Davis and Lindsey Cheek are tied for second, Brittany Rogers is tied for ninth, Kiera Brown is tied for 19th and Brandie Jay is tied for No. 24.
» In addition to being ranked second nationally on bars, Lindsey Cheek is tied for ninth on the balance beam and 16th on vault. The Watkinsville, Ga., native entered the season with 10 career event titles, and she has 19 this season. She was voted SEC Event Specialist of the Year by the league's head coaches.
» Georgia's top-four vault scores have come in the last four meets, including a 49.625 against Denver on March 8. With that score, Georgia matched the nation's highest vault score in the regular season, and UGA also owned the highest mark on bars.
» Although Georgia has not received a final score of 10.0 this year, a judge has awarded a perfect 10 on eight routines: Lindsey Cheek and Brandie Jay on vault, Cheek three times on bars, and Chelsea Davis and Cat Hires once each on bars. Lauren Johnson was awarded a 10 by two judges for her vault at the SEC Championship. Postseason meets consist of four judges for each routine.
» Georgia coaches Jay Hogue and Philip Ogletree were voted NACGC/W Southeast Region Assistant Coaches of the Year.
» Georgia has competed against seven of the other 11 teams in the NCAA Championships this year a total of 10 times, posting a 1-9 record. The Gym Dogs have competed twice against Alabama, Florida and LSU, and once each against Michigan, Stanford, Oklahoma and Utah.
Four Gym Dogs were named to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) All-America Team. Lindsey Cheek was named to the first team on bars and second team on vault and beam, Chelsea Davis and Kaylan Earls were named to the first team on bars and beam, respectively, while Brittany Rogers earned second-team honors on bars and the all-around. Cheek, Davis, Kiera Brown and Lauren Johnson also earned All-SEC honors. In addition, Johnson was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after she won the league's vault title.