2013 Season Review: Gym Dogs Return To Super Six
ATHENS-----When Danna Durante was hired as Georgia's new head coach in May of 2012, she took over a program trying to reach the NCAA Super Six for the first time since 2009. The Gym Dogs did just that in 2013, qualifying for the Super Six for the first time since winning the fifth of five straight NCAA titles four years ago.
With the help of the second-highest score of any team in the NCAA Regionals - a 197.425 in Corvallis, Ore. - Georgia earned the No. 4 seed for the NCAA Championships. The Gym Dogs placed third in the afternoon semifinal session with a 197.150, and would go on to place sixth the following night and achieve the team's highest final ranking (No. 6) since 2009.
SEC Individual Champions
A pair of Georgia gymnasts won three SEC individual titles in 2013. Freshman Brittany Rogers shared the SEC championship on the uneven bars and balance beam with a 9.95 on both events. She shared the beam title with senior Shayla Worley. It was the third straight year and 28th time overall that a Georgia gymnast has won the SEC bars title, and Rogers and Worley became the 16th and 17th Gym Dogs to win the beam title.
Eight Gym Dogs Earn 15 All-America Honors
Eight different Georgia gymnasts earned a total of 15 All-America honors in 2013. This season marked the first that the NACGC/W named an All-America Team at the conclusion of the regular season. The Gym Dogs who earned NACGC/W All-America honors include first teamers Chelsea Davis (bars) and Shayla Worley (beam) and second team selections Lindsey Cheek (beam), Kaylan Earls (beam), Brandie Jay (vault) and Brittany Rogers (bars). Seven Georgia gymnasts earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. Places 1-4 (plus ties) in each event and the all-around in each semifinal session are considered first team All-Americans. Places 5-8 (plus ties) are considered second team All-Americans. Davis earned first team honors on vault and bars, while Jay and Cheek earned first team honors on vault. Second team All-Americans were Cheek (beam), Noel Couch (floor), Rogers (bars), Christa Tanella (bars) and Shayla Worley (bars). In Georgia history, 70 different gymnasts have earned 346 All-America honors.
• Georgia was ranked third nationally in average home attendance in 2013. The Gym Dogs drew an average of 8,721 fans to their six home meets.
• Georgia's two highest scores came in the final two meets of the regular season - a 197.650 against Utah and a 197.800 at NC State.
• Chelsea Davis finished first on bars in 13 out of 16 meets. Davis, who was ranked No. 1 on that event for seven straight weeks, had a run of 13 straight bars routines that scored a 9.9 or higher.
• The Gym Dogs scored a 49.625 on beam at NC State on March 17, which stands as the second-highest beam score in school history. The following week, Georgia scored a 49.5 on beam at the SEC Championship. That was just a quarter-tenth shy of the highest beam score by UGA in an SEC Championship meet.
• Over the last two years, a Georgia gymnast has placed first on bars in 19 of the last 22 meets.
• Georgia notched wins over Alabama and Utah for the first time since 2009.
• Georgia's first place finish at the NCAA Corvallis Regional was its 23rd regional title, and the Gym Dogs qualified for the NCAA Championships for the 29th time.
• Fifty-three event titles were won by 10 different gymnasts.
• Georgia finished the season ranked in the top-10 nationally on all four events, including third on bars and fourth on beam.
• The 197.800 at NC State is the highest regular season road score in nine years. It was also the third-highest road score of any team in 2013.
• After being ranked outside of the top-10 in the preseason, Georgia was ranked in the top-10 each week the rest of the season, including three weeks in the top-five.
• The 197.260 final RQS is Georgia's highest since 2008.
• The 197.425 in the Corvallis Regional was the second-highest regional score in the country.
• Georgia's No. 4 seed for the NCAA Championships was its highest since 2009.
Gym Dogs Excel In The Classroom
Nine Georgia gymnasts were named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll for 2012-13. The Gym Dogs named to the honor roll were seniors Kati Breazeal, Noel Couch, Christa Tanella and Shayla Worley, juniors Lindsey Cheek and Cat Hires, and sophomores Chelsea Davis, Whitney Kirby and Sarah Persinger. Freshmen are not eligilble for the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The gymnastics team also received the UGA Faculty Athletics Representative Award for earning the highest team grade point average. Freshman Anysia Unick was one of six student-athletes recognized for maintaining an `A' average, while Couch and Worley were recognized for having a 3.70 cumulative GPA. Tanella was honored with the Academic Achievement Award, and Worley earned the team's Scholar-Athlete award for the highest GPA. Couch also received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. She was the UGA female nominee for the Brad Davis SEC Postgraduate Scholarship, while Worley was the UGA female nominee for the Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship.
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