April 16, 2013
ATHENS-----Georgia will make its 29th appearance in the NCAA Championships April 19-21 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. The fourth-seeded Gym Dogs will compete in the first semifinal session Friday, April 19 at 3 p.m. ET against No. 1 seed Florida, No. 5 LSU, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Stanford and No. 12 Illinois. The top three finishers advance to the Super Six against three teams from the 9 p.m. ET session that includes No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Alabama, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Utah and No. 11 Arkansas.
The Super Six is slated for a 7 p.m. ET start on Saturday, April 20, and the individual event finals will be held Sunday, April 21 at 4 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 25 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 41 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. Former Gym Dog Kat Ding won the NCAA titles on the uneven bars and floor exercise last year in Duluth, Ga., and she won the bars title in Cleveland in 2011.
Georgia Vs. The Field
Georgia has competed against seven of the other 11 teams in the NCAA Championships this year a total of 14 times, posting a 6-8 record. The Gym Dogs have wins this season against Arkansas (three times), Stanford, Alabama and Utah with losses against LSU (three times), Florida (twice), Oklahoma (twice) and Alabama.
Georgia has posted the highest score on bars in 12 meets this season, including the NCAA Corvallis Regional with a 49.275.
The Gym Dogs' two highest scores this season came in the final two meets of the regular season.
Chelsea Davis has finished first on bars in 12 out of 14 meets, including a 9.9 or higher in each of the last 12 meets. She was ranked No. 1 on that event for seven straight weeks.
Five of Sarah Persinger's eight career 9.9s have come in the last four meets.
Georgia's beam scores have trended upward in the last half of the season. The Gym Dogs have posted five of their top-six beam totals in the last four meets, including a 49.625 at NC State and a 49.5 in the SEC Championship. The 49.625 stands as the second-highest beam score in school history and the 49.5 was just a quarter-tenth shy of the highest beam score by UGA in an SEC Championship meet.
Dating back to last season, a Georgia gymnast has placed first on bars in 18 of the last 20 meets.
Six Georgia gymnasts were named NACGC/W All-Americans. Shayla Worley (beam) and Chelsea Davis (bars) were named to the first team, while Lindsey Cheek (beam), Kaylan Earls (beam), Brandie Jay (vault) and Brittany Rogers (bars) were second team selections. A total of 337 All-America honors have been earned by 69 gymnasts in Georgia history.
In the latest event and individual rankings - which do not include results from the regional meets on April 6 - Georgia is ranked third on bars with a 49.415 RQS, fourth on beam (49.305), eighth on vault (49.400) and tied for 10th on floor (49.280). Individually, Chelsea Davis is tied for second on bars with a 9.945 RQS, and Shayla Worley is tied for second on beam with a 9.920. Rogers is tied for ninth on bars with a 9.91. On vault, Brandie Jay is tied for 15th at 9.915, while Lindsey Cheek is tied for 17th with a 9.91. Kaylan Earls is tied for 11th on beam with a 9.895 and Cheek is tied for 16th (9.89).