Jan. 15, 2014
ATHENS-----The ninth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team will compete in Stegeman Coliseum for the first time in 2014 when it takes on No. 2 LSU Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Live video coverage will be available on georgiadogs.com.
Georgia is coming off two meets last weekend at Oklahoma on Friday and Stanford on Sunday. The Gym Dogs posted a 196.500 against the current-No. 1 Sooners, which was the highest score in a road opener for Georgia since 2009. Against Stanford, UGA led at the halfway mark, but the Cardinal rallied to win 196.325-196.150. This is LSU’s second meet of the season. The Tigers topped Centenary with a 197.200 last Friday, which was the second-highest score in the country.
This is the 89th all-time meeting between Georgia and LSU, with the Gym Dogs holding a 66-20-2 edge overall and a 21-3 mark in Athens. In 31 dual meets against LSU, Georgia is 23-7-1.
» Four Georgia freshmen competed for the first time last weekend. Ashlyn Broussard performed routines on vault, beam and floor, Morgan Reynolds competed on beam and floor, and Kiera Brown performed on the uneven bars. Lauren Johnson was a vault exhibitionist.
» Georgia has six freshmen on its roster this season, which is the most since there were six freshmen in 2007. The last time the Gym Dogs had more than six freshmen was in 2004 (7).
» After facing two top-10 opponents last weekend, Georgia will face another Friday when it takes on second-ranked LSU. Next week, the Gym Dogs will travel to No. 4 Florida followed two weeks later by a trip to No. 3 Alabama on Feb. 7.
» With a 9.9 and a 9.925 on bars last week, Chelsea Davis picked up where she left off in 2013. The junior has scored a 9.9 or higher in 12 straight regular season meets dating back to the Auburn meet in the third week of the season a year ago.
» Twenty-eight of Georgia’s 48 routines last week against Oklahoma and Stanford were performed by freshmen and sophomores.
» Georgia has won seven of its last nine home openers. The last time Georgia faced a team ranked as high as No. 2 in a home opener was in 2000 when second-ranked Alabama won the Super Six Challenge.
» After two meets this season, Georgia has a higher scoring average on bars, beam and floor than it did through two meets a year ago.
Georgia came in at No. 9 in this week’s edition of the GymInfo Top 25. Current rankings are based on overall team average, and Georgia’s average is 196.325. In the team event rankings, UGA is No. 4 on bars, eighth on beam, ninth on vault and 19th on floor. Individually, Lindsey Cheek is eighth and 10th on vault and bars, respectively, while Chelsea Davis is No. 9 on bars.
LSU jumped three spots to No. 2, which is its highest ranking since 2005. Rheagan Courville is ranked No. 1 in the all-around following her 39.6 last week against Centenary.
Georgia will be back in action Monday afternoon against the Iowa Hawkeyes. This will be the Gym Dogs’ fourth meet in 11 days to start the season.