GYMNASTICS: Georgia Downs Kentucky for Second Win of Season

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GYMNASTICS: Georgia Downs Kentucky for Second Win of Season

Mary Beth Box
Photo by Walt Beazley
[su_spacer size=”40″] The Georgia gymnastics team notched its second victory of the season on Friday as the Gymdogs posted a 196.275-195.025 win over Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum.
[su_spacer size=”40″] No. 13 Georgia improved to 2-3 overall, including 2-1 in the SEC, while No. 23 Kentucky fell to 1-3 and 0-3.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “The goal coming in was to have four strong events, and I think we showed a consistency from start to finish,” Georgia head coach Danna Durante said. “Of course, there is room for improvement, and we’re always hungry to be a little better than our last performance, but tonight we achieved our goal.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] The Gymdogs had a strong bars performance, scoring a 49.325. Natalie Vaculik and Gracie Cherrey kicked off the rotation with a pair of 9.85s, which was followed by Sydney Snead’s 9.875. Brittany Rogers served as the anchor, notching a 9.925 that tied her season high. The Wildcats opened with a 48.5 on vault.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Brandie Jay led Georgia on vault with a 9.9. Snead notched a 9.85 and Rogers added a 9.8 as Georgia tallied a 48.975 on the event. The Gymdogs stretched their lead at the halfway point of the meet as Kentucky went 48.825 on bars.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Mary Beth Box paced Georgia on the third rotation on floor with a 9.9, tying her season high. Jay, who served as the anchor, notched a 9.875 on the event. The Gymdogs scored a 49.2 while the Wildcats tallied a 48.8 on beam.
[su_spacer size=”40″] The Gymdogs finished out the meet with a 48.775 on beam. Rogers posted a 9.875 while Vaculik and Box added a pair of 9.775s. Kentucky recorded a 48.9 on floor.
[su_spacer size=”40″] For an all-around score, Jay produced a 39.35 and Rogers put up a 39.25.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “I think this team did a really fantastic job of showing great toughness and great mental endurance to be able to go back-to-back-to-back on the road,” Durante said. “To finish here with a win, we gained positive momentum going into the next three weeks at home.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia will return to action on Friday night at seven p.m. when it faces Florida in the first of three straight home meets. For ticket information, visit or call the UGA Ticket Office at 1-877-541-1231.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Team Results
[su_spacer size=”40″] No. 13 Georgia – (Bars – 49.325, Vault – 48.975, Floor – 49.200, Beam – 48.775)
No. 23 Kentucky – (Vault – 48.500, Bars – 48.825, Beam – 48.800, Floor – 48.900)
[su_spacer size=”40″] Bars

Natalie Vaculik – 9.85, Gracie Cherrey – 9.85, Sydney Snead – 9.875, Rachel Schick – 9.325, Brandie Jay – 9.825, Brittany Rogers – 9.925
[su_spacer size=”40″] Vault

Ashlyn Broussard – 9.725, Natalie Vaculik – 9.65, Sydney Snead – 9.85, Gigi Marino – 9.7, Brittany Rogers – 9.8, Brandie Jay – 9.9
[su_spacer size=”40″] Floor

Sydney Snead – 9.85, Vivi Babalis – 9.75, Gigi Marino – 9.825, Mary Beth Box – 9.9, Brittany Rogers – 9.650, Brandie Jay – 9.875
[su_spacer size=”40″] Beam

Natalie Vaculik – 9.775, Brandie Jay – 9.75, Brittany Rogers – 9.875, Gracie Cherrey – 9.125, Vivi Babalis – 9.6, Mary Beth Box – 9.775
[su_spacer size=”40″] All-Around

Brandie Jay – 39.35, Brittany Rogers – 39.25

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