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Georgia Gymnastics Traveling to LSU

Georgia's gymnastics – Vivi Babalis
Vivi Babalis flips on the balance beam (Photo by Sean Taylor)

Georgia gymnastics will be on the road for the second straight week as it takes on third-ranked LSU Friday at 8 p.m. ET in Baton Rouge. The meet will be televised live on the SEC Network.

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The Gymdogs are coming off a 197.600-196.950 loss at then-No. 3 Florida last Friday. LSU registered a season-high 197.425 in a second-place finish at the Metroplex Challenge last Saturday in Ft. Worth, Texas. This is UGA’s second of three consecutive road meets.
[break] [break] Georgia-LSU History
This is the 93rd all-time meeting between Georgia and LSU, with the Gymdogs holding a 68-22-2 edge overall and an 11-6-1 mark in Baton Rouge. In 32 dual meets against LSU, Georgia is 24-7-1, including a 197.175-196.875 win in Stegeman Coliseum last year. The Tigers won the last meet held in Baton Rouge,197.050-196.825, in 2013.
[break] [break] Last Time Out
Georgia gymnasts set or tied six career-highs, but the 11th-ranked Gymdogs fell short to No. 3 Florida, 197.600-196.950, last Friday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Brandie Jay led the way for Georgia with a 9.925 on vault and floor and a 9.9 on bars, while Kiera Brown took top honors on bars with a 9.925 and Ashlyn Broussard placed first on beam with a career-high 9.95.
[break] [break] Noteworthy
» In Georgia’s five meets this season, 57 percent (68/120) of the Gymdogs’ routines have been performed by freshmen or sophomores.
» Seven different Georgia gymnasts have taken top honors on an event this season. Brandie Jay and Ashlyn Broussard lead the team with four event titles apiece, while Kiera Brown, Mary Beth Box and Chelsea Davis have two each. Rachel Schick and Brittany Rogers have placed first on bars once this season.
» Georgia has 18 gymnasts on its 2015 roster, which is the largest in program history.
» Georgia has either already competed against or will compete later this season against five teams currently ranked in the top-six. The Gymdogs faced current No. 2 Florida last week No. 5 Michigan on Jan. 10 and will take on No. 3 LSU this week, No. 6 Alabama Feb. 20 and No. 4 Utah onMarch 14.
» GiGi Marino earned a spot in the floor lineup for the first time last week, and she turned in a 9.8.
» Brandie Jay was named SEC Specialist of the Week following her performance last week vs. Florida. She scored a pair of 9.925s on vault and floor and a 9.9 on bars.
» Georgia has shaken up its beam lineup in the last two meets and the result has been back-to-back season highs. Mary Beth Box, who had led off the previous 13 meets dating back to last season, was moved to the anchor position starting with the Kentucky meet, and Georgia posted a 49.1. Last week, Morgan Reynolds was inserted into the lineup and the team scored a 49.250.
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Georgia jumped two spots to No. 9 in this week’s top-25. The Gymdogs are No. 12 on vault, fifth on bars, 23rd on beam and No. 12 on floor. Individually, Brandie Jay is ranked 12th on vault and Chelsea Davis is tied for 15th on bars. LSU is ranked No. 3 in the country this week. The Tigers are ranked in the top-six on all four events.
[break] [break] Up Next
The Gymdogs will be back on the road for the third time in as many weeks when they travel to North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 14.

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