GYM: Georgia Wins Tri-Meet

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GYM: Georgia Wins Tri-Meet

 Rachael Lukacs 
 (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)
Rachael Lukacs
(Photo by Chamberlain Smith)

The University of Georgia gymnastics team earned a 197.075 to defeat Ball State (194.725) and Eastern Michigan (194.700) on Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum. 

Sophomores Mikayla Magee and Rachel Lukacs shared the vault title, while sophomore Megan Roberts earned the bars crown. All three gymnasts hit scores of 9.900 for their routines. Sophomore Rachel Baumann earned the top score of the meet on beam with a stunning 9.950. Senior Sabrina Vega took home the floor title after scoring her fifth consecutive 9.950 for the event. 

“I am really proud of this team tonight,” Georgia head coach Courtney Kupets Carter. “They have faced adversity, but came together and really pushed through to put up some great scores. I think the adversity has actually helped this team get closer. They’re not going to give up. They’re not going to make excuses. It’s about who can step up. They are aggressive every time. They go out there and eventually get better and better.”

Georgia started strong on vault with a 49.300 in the first rotation.  Sophomores Mikayla Magee and Lukacs both earned scores of 9.900, which notched a career-high for Magee. 

The GymDogs fought hard on bars to finish with a 48.875. Roberts led the charge with a 9.900 in the third spot, followed by freshman Haley De Jong (9.800) and Lukacs (9.725) who also stuck their routines. 

Georgia head coach Courtney Kupets Carter during a meet against Ball State and Eastern Michigan at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Fri., Feb. 14, 2020. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)
Georgia head coach Courtney Kupets Carter during a meet against Ball State and Eastern Michigan at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Fri., Feb. 14, 2020. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)

Georgia shined on beam with a 49.400. De Jong notched a 9.900, followed by Baumann’s beautiful 9.950. Vega moon-walked to a 9.925, before freshman Soraya Hawthorne competed the event for the first time to earn a 9.850. 

The GymDogs dazzled the crowd on floor, posting a 49.500 to finish the meet.  In the final performance of the night, Vega earned her fifth consecutive 9.950 and Lukacs hit a 9.925. 

The GymDogs are on the road next week at Kentucky, competing on Friday, February 21, at 7 p.m.

FINAL RESULTS-

GEORGIA: 197.075 (VT- 49.300, UB-48.875, BB- 49.400, FX- 49.500)

BALL STATE: 194.725 (VT- 49.125, UB- 48.150, BB- 48.650, FX- 48.800)

EASTERN MICHIGAN: 194.700 (VT- 48.550, UB- 48.325, BB- 48.700, FX- 49.125)

VAULT– 49.300

Rachel Baumann: 9.750

Abbey Ward: 9.800

Mikayla Magee: 9.900

Sabrina Vega: 9.875

Soraya Hawthorne:

Rachael Lukacs: 9.900

BARS– 48.875

Rachael Lukacs: 9.725

Loulie Hattaway: 9.775

Megan Roberts: 9.900

Haley De Jong: 9.800

Emily Schild: 9.675

Sabrina Vega: 9.525

BEAM– 49.400

Mikayla Magee: 9.775

Rachael Lukacs: 9.750

Haley De Jong: 9.900

Rachel Baumann: 9.950

Sabrina Vega: 9.925

Soraya Hawthorne: 9.850

FLOOR– 49.500

Alyssa Perez-Lugones: 9.875

Sterlyn Austin: 9.600

Rachael Lukacs: 9.925

Soraya Hawthorne: 9.875

Rachel Baumann: 9.875

Sabrina Vega: 9.950

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