Gymnastics Preview: Georgia vs. Florida

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Gymnastics Preview: Georgia vs. Florida

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No. 10 Georgia (8-5, 2-3 SEC) at No. 2 Florida (8-0, 6-0 SEC)

Friday, February 28 | 7 p.m. | Stegeman Coliseum
Watch: SEC Network

Live Stream: https://gado.gs/4k8

Stats: https://gado.gs/4ka

Notes: https://gado.gs/4kc

ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 10 University of Georgia gymnastics team is set to face No. 2 Florida on Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. The top-10 matchup will be live on the SEC Network’s Friday Night Heights.  

HISTORY AGAINST THE GATORS

The GymDogs hold a 90-60-1 all-time record against the Gators. Last year Georgia beat Florida in Gainesville for the first time since 2008.  The then-No. 7 GymDogs upset then-No. 3 Florida, 197.450-197.375, handing the Gators their first SEC loss of the season.   

BAUMANN SISTERS BATTLE IN GEORGIA- FLORIDA RIVALRY                                     

Sophomore Rachel Baumann is set to face her older sister, Florida junior Alyssa Baumann, in the seasoned Georgia-Florida rivalry.  Last season’s meeting was the first time the sisters competed against each other and the GymDogs came out on top with an upset victory over the Gators, 197.450-197.375. It marked the first time the GymDogs beat Florida in Gainesville since 2008.

This year, the Gators are undefeated and have clinched the SEC regular-season title. Both Baumanns compete vault, beam, and floor. 

Rachel Baumann
Rachel Baumann

LAST WEEK AT KENTUCKY

Despite scoring higher on only one event, the GymDogs took a win from Kentucky in Lexington and put in a solid performance to earn the team’s best road score of the season.  Junior Marissa Oakley earned the top score on bars matching her season-high score of 9.925 and marking her third event title this year. Senior Sabrina Vega took home the beam crown with a 9.925 and earned the best all-around score for the first time of her career.

The GymDogs opened competition on bars, posting a 49.200. In the anchor position, junior Marissa Oakley matched her season-best score of 9.925. Preceding her, sophomore Megan Roberts swung to her best road score (9.850), and freshman Loulie Hattaway tied her career-high 9.825. Senior Sabrina Vega marked a career-high after only competing bars three other times as a GymDog.

Georgia was solid on vault, scoring a season-high score of 49.375. Freshman Soraya Hawthorne (9.900) and Lukacs (9.925) earned season-best scores for the event, while sophomore Abbey Ward and Vega notched their best road scores with a 9.825 and 9.850, respectively. The Wildcats also posted a 49.375 on vault and Georgia trailed by one-tenth after two rotations.

Georgia took the lead after the third rotation, scoring a 49.225 on floor and a 49.250 on beam to finish the meet. On floor, Vega led the squad with a 9.900 in the anchor position and sophomore Alyssa Perez-Lugones earned her best road score with a 9.825.

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