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Haley De Jong
Haley De Jong

ATHENS, Ga. – Despite a season-high beam score, the 10th-ranked University of Georgia GymDogs (1-3) fell to the Arkansas Razorbacks (1-3), 196.875 -195.950, Friday night in a ‘pinked’ out Stegeman Coliseum.

“It wasn’t the performance we wanted to see or came out to do, but I really loved that we were able to calm ourselves down and show a great routine for the team,” Georgia head coach Courtney Kupets Carter said. “Beam just led into that confidence. It was the highlight of the meet for me. We are finally getting there with the consistency as a team, and it is a great team overall. We had mistakes, and I’m definitely disappointed and know the team is, but this really is a great team. We have a bye week next, and we really need to focus on the details. We need to come in and be a different team. That is the goal— to really turn this around and take us from where we’re at to where we should be.”

Beginning competition on vault, the GymDogs totaled 49.150 points led by a career-high 9.900 from Megan Roberts. Abbey Ward and Rachael Lukacs added 9.825 scores apiece, while 9.800 marks by Haley de Jong and Amanda Cashman capped the first event of the night.

Despite getting off to a slow start on bars in the second rotation, back-to-back scores of 9.850— first by de Jong and then by  Roberts –helped get Georgia back on track. Victoria Nguyen finished the event with a 9.800, while Emily Schild (9.700) and Cashman (9.650) also helped boost the GymDogs’ score.

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A season-high beam score of 49.300 highlighted the third rotation of competition. While Baumann led with a 9.900, two GymDogs saw career-highs in the event— Soraya Hawthorne tallied a 9.875, while Katie Finnegan grabbed a 9.825 in only her second competition for Georgia. Returning off an injury, Mikayla Magee showed impressive progress with a 9.875 to send the GymDogs into the last event of the night.

Wrapping up competition on floor, Georgia scored a combined 48.650 points led Alyssa Perez-Lugones who tied her career-high of 9.875. Lukacs and de Jong tallied respective marks of 9.850 and 9.825, while Hawthorne (9.800) and Baumann (9.300) rounded out the top five for the GymDogs.

Georgia remains home for its next competition next Friday, Feb. 12, when the GymDogs take on Alabama at Stegeman Coliseum. The meet is slated for 6 p.m. and will be televised on SEC Network.

FINAL RESULTS
GEORGIA: 195.950 (VT-49.150, UB-48.850, BB-49.300, FX-48.650)
ARKANSAS: 196.875 (VT-49.175, UB-48.950, BB-49.325, FX-49.425)
 
VAULT- 49.150
Megan Roberts: 9.900

Rachael Lukacs: 9.825

Abbey Ward: 9.825

Haley De Jong: 9.800

Amanda Cashman: 9.800

Rachel Baumann: 9.675


BARS- 48.850
Haley De Jong: 9.850

Megan Roberts: 9.850

Victoria Nguyen: 9.800

Emily Schild: 9.700

Amanda Cashman: 9.650

Rachel Baumann: 8.050
 
BEAM- 49.300
Rachel Baumann: 9.900

Mikayla Magee: 9.875

Soraya Hawthorne: 9.875

Katie Finnegan: 9.825

Haley De Jong: 9.825

Marissa Oakley: 9.825
 
FLOOR- 48.650
Alyssa Perez-Lugones: 9.875

Rachel Lukacs: 9.850

Haley De Jong: 9.825

Soraya Hawthorne: 9.800

Rachel Baumann: 9.300

Amanda Cashman: 9.275

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