No. 10 Georgia (1-1, 0-0 SEC) vs. No. 17 Alabama (5-1, 0-0 SEC) Friday, January 18, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. ET | Stegeman Coliseum| Athens, Ga.
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ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 10 Georgia GymDogs open SEC competition against Alabama on Friday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum and live on the SEC Network’s first-ever triple-header of Friday Night Heights.
With a quick turnaround, Georgia will compete again on Monday, January 21 against Iowa State at 1:45 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum.
ALABAMA SERIES HISTORY
Georgia leads the all-time series against Alabama by a 81-65-2 tally. The teams met four times during the 2018 season, including the season opener in Tuscaloosa, the SEC Championship, NCAA Regionals, and NCAA Semifinals. The GymDogs finished ahead of the Crimson Tide in the NCAA Semifinal with a score of 196.6875- 196.6250.
IOWA STATE SERIES HISTORY
Georgia leads the all-time series against Iowa State, 10-0. The teams met twice during the 2008 season, including the regular season finale in Athens and NCAA Regionals. The GymDogs finished ahead of the Cyclones both times with scores of 196.750 and 197.775, respectively.
BEST OPENING MEET SCORE SINCE 2007
The GymDogs opened the 2019 season with a 196.600 against Ohio State, which is the highest score to start the season since 2007. That year Georgia went 31-2-1 and won the program’s third-consecutive national championship.
GYMDOGS SHINE ON VAULT AT OKLAHOMA
Georgia looked strong on vault at Oklahoma, posting a 49.300 for the event. Five GymDogs improved their vault scores from last week’s season opener, and freshman Mikayla Magee made her vault lineup debut scoring a 9.800 in the lead off position. Fellow freshman Abbey Ward matched that score. Juniors Sabrina Vega and Rachel Dickson scored a paired of 9.825’s and the momentum continued from there. SEC Freshman of the Week Rachael Lukacs earned her first collegiate 9.900 and senior Sydney Snead matched her career-high 9.950 in the anchor position. Oklahoma posted a 49.525 on bars.
The score of 49.300 is the second highest vault score under second-year head coach Courtney Kupets Carter.
A NEW FIRE
A team that competed five gymnasts on three events 21 times throughout the 2018 season, has added tremendous depth to the 2019 lineup with nine freshmen and five returners, four of which earned All-American accolades a season ago.
After ending the 2018 season with a seventh-place finish, the GymDogs are hopeful to get back there and finish in the top three.
As Rachel Dickson put it: “I wouldn’t deny us.”
THE WOW FACTOR
Alexa Al-Hameed has a release on bars that sends a packed Stegeman Coliseum into “ohh”s and “ahh”s.
According to Sabrina Vega, “I have never seen a more beautiful release in my life, and I still get that feeling every time I see her.”