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UGA Gymdogs – Natalie Vakulik
Natalie Vaculik performs on vault (Photo by John Kelley)
[break] Seven season-highs were recorded by Georgia gymnasts, but it wasn’t enough to beat third-ranked LSU as the Tigers won 198.075-196.850 Friday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

[break] [break] Georgia (2-4, 2-2 SEC) scored a season-high 49.425 on vault and trailed by .175 at the halfway point, but LSU sealed the win with a 49.625 in each of the last two rotations.
[break] [break] “Vault was much improved, and that was good to see,” said UGA coach Danna Durante. “We had a little bit of a rough start on bars, and floor and beam also could’ve been stronger. A 196.850 will still help us, but we have to be better. We have to get stronger on all four events. We just left a little too much on the floor.”
[break] [break] LSU (7-1, 4-0 SEC) opened with a 49.450-49.225 lead after one rotation. Georgia was led on bars in the first rotation by Brittany Rogers and Chelsea Davis, who scored back-to-back 9.875s. Sarah Persinger added a season-high 9.85 as the anchor.
[break] [break] Georgia cut into the lead with its best vaults of the season in the second rotation. Brandie Jay scored a 9.925, while Natalie Vaculik added a career-high 9.9 and Ashlyn Broussard and Brittany Rogers turned in a pair of 9.875s. Four Gymdogs registered season-highs on vault, and at the halfway point LSU led 98.825-98.650.
[break] [break] The Tigers began to pull away in the third rotation with a 49.625 on beam. Mary Beth Box led Georgia with a 9.875 on floor, while GiGi Marino recorded a 9.85 in her second routine of the season. After three rotations, LSU led 148.450-147.725.
[break] [break] LSU cemented the win with another 49.625 on floor in the final rotation. Georgia scored a 49.125 on beam, led by a 9.875 by Broussard.
[break] [break] Georgia will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 14 at North Carolina. This will be Georgia’s first trip to Chapel Hill since 1977.
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[break] #3 LSU – 198.075 (VT – 49.450, UB – 49.375, BB – 49.625, FX – 49.625)
#9 Georgia – 196.850 (VT – 49.425, UB – 49.225, BB – 49.125, FX – 49.075)

Natalie Vaculik – 9.9, GiGi Marino – 9.85, Ashlyn Broussard – 9.875, Brittany Rogers – 9.875, Brandie Jay – 9.925, Beth Roberts 9.85

Natalie Vaculik – 9.75, Brandie Jay – 9.825, Kiera Brown – 9.8, Brittany Rogers – 9.875, Chelsea Davis – 9.875, Sarah Persinger – 9.85

Natalie Vaculik – 9.8, Morgan Reynolds – 9.6, Brittany Rogers – 9.85, Ashlyn Broussard – 9.875, Vivi Babalis – 9.775, Mary Beth Box – 9.825

Floor – Kiera Brown – 9.75, GiGi Marino – 9.85, Mary Beth Box – 9.875, Ashlyn Broussard – 9.25, Vivi Babalis – 9.825, Brandie Jay – 9.775

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