Gym Dogs Preview Routines At Sneak Peek

Dec. 18, 2010

ATHENS-----The seventh-ranked Georgia gymnastics team previewed its season routines at the annual Sneak Peek held Saturday at the Suzanne Yoculan Gymnastics Center. It was a chance for fans to catch a glimpse of the Gym Dogs before the season begins at Denver on Jan. 8.

"The preseason in our sport is so long that we needed a shot of energy and a change of atmosphere, and we got that today," said head coach Jay Clark. "It felt good to perform in front of so many of our fans. They were into it and it was a good time for everybody."

The Gym Dogs split into two teams, the Red vs. the Black. The event included match-play competition, and both teams performed full routines on vault, bars, beam and floor. Cassidy McComb's 9.9 on vault to end the meet helped the Red team earn a 7-7 tie with the Black.

"No one really had any idea what we needed and we ended up in a tie, but it was a great tie," McComb said. "The fall is so long while we're practicing, so it's great to have our own fans here and show everyone what we can do. This team has it, we just have to keep our heads together."

McComb led the Red with a 9.9 and a trio of 9.85s.

Georgia started off on bars as it will in the season opener, and Gina Nuccio and McComb each had a 9.85 to lead all gymnasts. On beam, McComb had a 9.85, while Shayla Worley scored a 9.8.

Senior Hilary Mauro posted a 9.9 on floor for the Black team, and Noel Couch and McComb scored a 9.85 for Red. In the final rotation on vault, the top scorers were McComb and Mariel Box, who posted a 9.85.

"Mariel Box's vault stood out in my mind, and Cassidy McComb had a phenomenal day," Clark said. "She's in a really good place physically and mentally right now. It's exciting to see her do so well as a senior and knock it out of the park today. We're going to get Kat Ding and Gina Nuccio back on vault and floor, so we're going to see some things improve. I thought the freshmen in general showed up pretty well today too."

Five Georgia freshmen made their debuts including Bekah Bennetts, Lindsey Cheek, Kaylan Earls, Cat Hires and Laura Moffatt.



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