Lindsey Cheek was voted MVP.
May 5, 2014
The goal all season long for the 2014 Georgia gymnastics team was to improve on last year’s finish, and the Gym Dogs did just that. Despite losing four seniors from the 2013 team who earned a combined nine All-America honors, Georgia placed fifth in the NCAA Super Six - its best finish since the 2009 national championship season. The Gym Dogs did it by navigating through what was rated as the toughest schedule in the country. UGA recorded 14 wins over ranked opponents, including seven against teams ranked in the top-10.
Georgia advanced to the Super Six by placing second in the afternoon session of the NCAA semifinals with a 197.300. The Gym Dogs scored a 196.000 or higher in every competition for just the second time in program history, and the 2014 team became just the second Georgia team to post a 197.000 or higher in each home meet.
Seven Georgia gymnasts earned a total of 16 All-America honors in 2014. NCAA First Team All-Americans included Lindsey Cheek (vault, bars, beam), Brandie Jay (vault, floor) and Mary Box (beam). Box also earned second team honors on floor, along with Cat Hires, while Chelsea Davis was a second-team All-American on bars. Cheek is the first four-time first team vault All-American in Georgia history, and she moved into ninth on the Gym Dogs’ all-time single season beam points list.
NACGC/W Regular Season All-America honors went to Cheek (first team bars; second team vault and beam), Davis (first team bars), Kaylan Earls (first team beam) and Brittany Rogers (second team bars and all-around).
Cheek was named the first ever SEC Event Specialist of the Year by vote of the league’s head coaches, and Lauren Johnson claimed a share of the SEC vault title with her thrilling 9.975 at the SEC Championship. Cheek, Davis, Johnson and Kiera Brown were named to the All-SEC team.
Jay Hogue and Philip Ogletree were voted NACGC/W Southeast Region Assistant Coaches of the Year.
Finished the season ranked sixth nationally ... Georgia peaked at the right time on vault as the top four team vault scores came in the last month of the season ... Lauren Johnson won a share of the SEC vault title, becoming the 21st SEC vault champion in UGA history ... vault coach Philip Ogletree was named NACGC/W Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year ... The 49.625 against Denver on March 8 tied for the highest vault score of any team in the regular season.
For the last 10 weeks of the season, Georgia was 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 ... Georgia also posted a 49.675 in the second rotation against Arkansas to tie what was then the seventh-best bars score in school history ... Georgia used the same bars lineup in all 15 meets. Three Gym Dogs were ranked in the top-nine nationally on bars: Chelsea Davis and Lindsey Cheek were tied for second, Brittany Rogers was ninth, Kiera Brown was tied for 19th and Brandie Jay is tied for No. 24 ... bars coach Jay Hogue was named NACGC/W Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Georgia was ranked sixth in the country on the balance beam ... Two Gym Dogs finished in the top-three on beam in the NCAA Championships - Lindsey Cheek was the NCAA runner-up, and Mary Beth Box tied for third ... Kaylan Earls (seventh) was the highest ranked Gym Dog on beam ... By the end of the season, Georgia’s beam lineup consisted of three freshmen and a sophomore.
Georgia had more NCAA All-Americans on floor (Brandie Jay, Mary Beth Box, Cat Hires) than on any other event ... The Gym Dogs saved one of their best floor performances of the year for one of the biggest moments of the year as they scored a 49.45 in the NCAA Prelims to secure a spot in the Super Six ... Georgia finished the season ranked No. 10 on floor.