GYM: Georgia vs. Auburn Preview

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GYM: Georgia vs. Auburn Preview

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Meet Information
No. 13 Georgia (4-4, 0-2 SEC) vs. No. 18 Auburn (2-1, 2-1)
Sunday, February 2 | 4 p.m. ET | Stegeman Coliseum
Watch: ESPN (Bart Conner – Play By Play, Kathy Johnson Clarke- Analyst)
Stream:  https://gado.gs/47r

ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia gymnastics team returns to Stegeman Coliseum for competition against the Auburn Tigers on Sunday, February 2 at 4 p.m.

The meet will serve as the GymDogs’ “Alumni Meet” and will also be broadcast live on ESPN. 

The GymDogs hold an 82-8 all-time record against the Tigers. Georgia fell short at Auburn last season but bounced back to outscore the Tigers in the 2019 SEC Championship, 197.000-196.475. 

UNDERCLASSMEN PERFORM                                                                        

Nineteen out of 24 total routines in a given meet are performed by underclassmen.  The Georgia lineup is made up predominately of freshmen and sophomores with junior Marissa Oakley and senior Sabrina Vega performing a combined five routines. 

Marissa Oakley
Marissa Oakley

ESPN TABS VEGA A TOP-10 “SHOULD-GO-VIRAL” FLOOR ROUTINE           

ESPN tabbed senior Sabrina Vega as a top-10 “should-go viral floor routine for the 2020 NCAA gymnastics season”.

“Senior Sabrina Vega’s floor routine is the highlight of any Georgia meet. With her gorgeous form and entertaining dance, there isn’t a person in the arena who isn’t watching her every move. A 2011 world champion with the U.S. team, Vega has spent three years being the rock and competitive leader of the GymDogs — and her dance skills and overall presentation are the best in the NCAA.”

She is one of four gymnasts named from the SEC. 

FORMER TEAMMATES COACH TOGETHER                                                        

Georgia gymnastics head coach Courtney Kupets Carter added her former teammate and All-American Katie Heenan Dodson to the staff as volunteer assistant coach. 

Heenan Dodson was a GymDog from 2005-2008, winning four National Championships and earning All-America honors on all four events and in the all-around (13 total).  She also scored a Perfect10 on vault and floor.  Additionally, she took home four SEC Champion crowns as an individual and three team titles. 

Like Kupets Carter, Heenan Dodson is also a Honda Award Winner. 

ONE OF SIX TO HIT 197.325                                                                          

UGA was the sixth team in the country to hit a 197.325 or better this season.  The team did not hit this mark until week 8 against Florida last year.

The score of 197.325 was the third-best in the SEC after week three, behind Alabama (197.400) and Florida (197.350).

FURTHER ALONG IN 2020                                                                             

The Georgia vault, beam, and floor lineups looked strong against LSU.  On vault and beam, the GymDogs posted scores of 49.325 and 49.225, which are marks the team did not hit until week five in 2019.  Similarly, the floor squad did not hit the mark of 49.550 until week 11 last year. 

The GymDogs are showing continued improvement and look to build on strong routines as the season moves forward.

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.