Gymnastics: Georgia Advances to NCAA Championship

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Gymnastics: Georgia Advances to NCAA Championship

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Georgia gymnastics team claimed a spot in the NCAA Gymnastics Championship with a second-place finish in the Tuscaloosa Regional on Saturday evening.

The 18th-ranked GymDogs finished with a 196.500 score, trailing only No. 6 Alabama with 197.225. Georgia defeated No. 7 Michigan, No. 22 Missouri, No. 23 Illinois and No. 36 Central Michigan in the six-team meet.

“Today was like a championship meet,” Georgia head coach Courtney Kupets Carter said. “This team, they had the adrenaline. Everything was on the line, and they fought. We had a few little mistakes; we weren’t in great position after the first two events. But they really rallied. It was amazing. Bars was absolutely the most fun event of the entire evening. One routine after another was just building, building, building. I couldn’t be prouder.”

In 35 regional appearances, the GymDogs have advanced to the NCAA Championship every time, with 24 first-place and 11 second-place finishes.

Sophomore Sabrina Vega led the charge, tying for first place on floor with a 9.90. On the final performance of the night, her fourth-best score of the meet on beam (9.875) moved the GymDogs into second place to seal the berth to the championship.

Junior Sydney Snead finished second in the All-Around competition with a score of 39.475. Joined by freshman Marissa Oakley, Snead also tied for second on bars with a 9.925.

After a bye in the first rotation, the GymDogs posted a 48.950 on floor, highlighted by Vega’s 9.90. Georgia continued into vault, posting a 49.025 for a total of 97.975, before heading into the GymDogs’ second bye.

Then, the Georgia scores exploded on bars. The 49.350 total was propelled by a 9.850 from freshman Emily Schild and a 9.875 senior Natalie Vaculik before Snead and Oakley lifted the GymDogs into the final rotation with top scores of 9.925.

To secure a spot in the NCAA Championships, the GymDogs used consistent performances on beam, led by Snead (9.85), Dickson (9.85) and Schild (9.825). Before a 9.775 from Oakley, Vega saved the best for last, posting a 9.875 to advance Georgia and surpass Illinois and Michigan.

The NCAA Championships will be held in St. Louis, Missouri on April 20-21.

Alabama- 197.225 (VT-49.350, UB- 49.400, BB- 49.275, FX- 49.200)

Georgia- 196.500 (VT-49.025, UB- 49.350, BB- 49.175, FX- 48.950)

Illinois- 196.425 (VT-49.050, UB- 49.125, BB- 49.200, FX- 49.050)

Michigan- 196.350 (VT-49.050, UB- 49.375, BB- 49.075, FX- 48.850)

Missouri- 196.100 (VT-48.975, UB- 49.075, BB- 49.050, FX- 49.000)

Central Michigan- 195.825 (VT-48.850, UB- 49.075, BB- 48.925, FX- 48.925)

Georgia scores:

Vault- 49.025

Marissa Oakley – 9.775

Jasmine Arnold – 9.725

Sabrina Vega – 9.775

Rachel Dickson – 9.875

Sydney Snead – 9.875

Bars- 49.350

Jordyn Pederson – 9.775

Emily Schild – 9.850

Natalie Vaculik – 9.875

Sydney Snead – 9.925

Marissa Oakley – 9.925

Rachel Dickson – 9.375

Beam- 49.175

Sydney Snead – 9.850

Rachel Dickson – 9.850

Emily Schild – 9.825

Marissa Oakley – 9.775

Vivi Babalis – 9.675

Sabrina Vega – 9.875

Floor- 48.950

Jasmine Arnold – 9.700

Jordyn Pederson – 9.150

Vivi Babalis – 9.850

Rachel Dickson – 9.675

Sydney Snead – 9.825

Sabrina Vega – 9.900

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