ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia gymnastics head coach Courtney Kupets Carter, who was deemed the best-ever collegiate gymnast, led the GymDogs to a seventh place overall ranking in her first year at the helm of the program.
Ranked No. 18 heading into the postseason, Georgia received the third seed at the Tuscaloosa regional to compete against No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 Michigan, No. 22 Missouri, No. 23 Illinois, and No. 36 Central Michigan. The GymDogs scored a 196.500, behind only Alabama, to advance to the NCAA National Championship Semifinals in St. Louis.
Four GymDogs earned NCAA All-America honors as the Georgia gymnastics team closed out its season with a fourth-place finish in the first semifinal session of the NCAA National Championship after posting a 196.6875, only .325 points away from advancing to the Super Six.
After finishing in the top four of their respective event, junior Sydney Snead (vault), freshman Marissa Oakley (bars), sophomore Rachel Dickson (bars), and Sabrina Vega (floor) claimed NCAA All-America honors. Adding four more accolades, Dickson (vault, all-around) and Snead (beam, all-around) also earned second-team honors for their routines during the semifinals.
Additionally, Snead, Dickson, and Oakley earned All-SEC honors after finishing in the top two spots (including ties) per event in Georgia’s session at the SEC Championship.
Snead earned the distinction after scoring a 9.9 on vault, and a 9.85 on bars. This is her third All-SEC recognition. Dickson matched Snead with a 9.85 on bars to seal a place on the All-SEC team. Oakley was placed on the All-SEC Team for her performance on bars with a score of 9.825 and earned All-Freshman accolades.
Due to limited depth in the lineup, Georgia competed five gymnasts on vault, bars, and floor a combined 20 times throughout the season.
Over the course of the regular season, the GymDogs brought in an average of 10,102 fans per meet, the highest number in program history. This breaks the attendance record of 10,055 set a season ago and ranks fourth-best in the nation, behind Utah, LSU, and Alabama. The GymDogs are closest to reaching capacity at their facility as Stegeman Coliseum holds a capacity of 10,284.
Furthermore, Georgia’s average gymnastics attendance is fifth-best among all women’s sports, behind the three gymnastics teams and South Carolina’s women’s basketball program (13,239).
Georgia Gymnastics has made history with the highest annual donations to the Gymnastics Endowment Fund, raising a record $235,000, also marking the highest number of season tickets sold in a single season.