The University of Georgia Gym Dogs outscored Iowa State University Monday night at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga 197.000-195.900.
Georgia claimed victory in every event and beat their previous season-high beam score of 49.125 with a score of 49.175. The team also reached a season-high overall score of 197.00, .125 more than their previous top score against Alabama last Friday. Georgia reached a score that only five other teams have reached this season.
“From Friday, there was a lot going on and there were a lot of little things. Overall it was a really good improvement for them,” said head coach Courtney Kupets Carter. Obviously, you really want the win against Alabama and they just came so shy of that but they pushed them the entire time and that is what we love to see when the competition comes that they are going to push them no matter what the outcome is. So that really led into a great meet for today because they have so much potential and at the same time we are going to keep beating our high score with this team.”
The lone senior, Sydney Snead led Georgia with an all-around score of 39.525, only .075 from her career record that she broke against Alabama. She had the team high score on vault with 9.925.
Rachel Lukacs, a freshman, had the top team score on floor with a career high score of 9.925. She also matched her high vault score of 9.900. This is only her fourth colligate gymnastics meet.
“This season has been a lot of adjustment and getting used to it because it is a lot different than club gymnastics for me, said Lukacs about her first season. “Dawg Nation definitely brings that confidence and a lot more positivity and ‘you got this’. It is amazing to be out there knowing that so many people have your back and supporting you along with your teammates and coaches.”
Other career record-breaking scores came from Sabrina Vega with 9.850 on vault and Marissa Oakley with 9.925 on uneven bars.
The Gym Dogs will meet with the Tigers in Auburn next Friday, January 25th, at 7:30 p.m.