Gymnastics at the University of Georgia: 2015 - 2016 Season

Here’s Where Home Meets Take Place
Stegeman Coliseum
The University of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum


Page Index:
Gymdogs’ Roster
Gymdogs’ Schedule
Meet Results
National Ranks

Fall Semester Begins

August 11, 2016

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The purpose of this webpage is to describe and analyze University of Georgia gymnastics competitions during the 2016 season. It will seek to less one-sided than the official University of Georgia Athletic Department reports, which focus on the Gymdogs alone, with little mention of the opposing teams. By their nature, athletic departments have a PR as well as an informational function. Although I am a Gymdogs fan, who has been a season ticket holder for more than 25 years, I will give full scores of all the teams involved; and my discussions will be reasonably even-handed.

Over the Years:
2014-2015 Season
2013-2014 Season
2012-2013 Season
2011-2012 Season
2010-2011 Season
2009-2010 Season
2008-2009 Season
2007-2008 Season

Of special note for those who seek historically anchored discussions and a broad viewpoint, I’ve included summaries of Georgia gymnastics competitions over the last eight seasons, which makes this site practically unique in providing historical context for better understanding the ups and downs of the University of Georgia’s women’s gymnastics program.

I am a long-time Gymdogs fan and former college-level athlete. I have attended nearly all home and some away meets for many years. The forerunners of this page date back to the 1987 season, when Georgia (by coincidence) won their first National Team Championship. While I am a strong Gymdogs fan, I nonetheless respect other teams and will do my best to be fair in my reporting of meets.

Meet Results:
Georgia vs. Michigan
Georgia vs. Arkansas
Georgia vs. Stanford
Georgia vs. Missouri
Georgia vs. Kentucky
Georgia vs. Florida
GA vs. L.S.U.
Georgia vs. Oklahoma
Georgia vs. Alabama
Georgia vs. Auburn
Georgia vs. UCLA
Georgia vs. Utah
SEC Championships
NCAA Regionals
NCAA Prelim 1
NCAA Prelim 2
Super Six Finals

I should note that the most comprehensive presentation of women’s collegiate gymnastics results, statistics, schedules, teams, and athletes is a site by Steve Troester. It offers a wealth of statistics on all 82 teams that make up women’s collegiate gymnastics in the United States. This webpage does not seek to compete with the Troester site, which is in a league by itself. This webpage, however, does offer verbal comentary on competitions that Georgia is or was part of. Steve Troester lets the statistics speak for themselves. For better or worse, I give quite a lot of verbal commentary that I hope will be of interest to Gymdogs fans.

Easy Access to Results Involving the Georgia Gymdogs

On the left is a listing of meets in which Georgia took part. If you click on any link (say, “Georgia vs. Missouri”), you will go to a separate page that gives detailed results for the meet in question. That includes both Georgia and their opponent(s); and it includes both the teams and the individuals who took part in the events.

For readers who have followed the NCAA women’s gymnastic competitions in past years, it might appear that I have forgotten the individual event competitions on the final day of the National Championships. Actually, though, the NCAA eliminated that final day. All-America honors are decided based on the two prelims, not in a separate day of competition. The other consequential change beginning this year is that each routine is judged by six judges. A highest score and a lowest score are discarded, and the remaining four are averaged to get the offical score of the routine. That has had the effect or reducing the number of ties that existed in previous years. I’ve commented in the past that having large numbers of ties (say, 15 different bars routines that all got 9.85’s) makes the scores less meaningful than they would be with greater diversity or uniqueness.

Georgia Advances to the Super Six

Georgia qualified for the Super Six team finals for the third time in the last four years. Using RQS as the criterion, the Gymdogs are seeded sixth; however, they defeated Florida, LSU, and UCLA this season. If they have a good performance, they could finish higher than sixth. I would consider making the Super Six at all as indicating a very good season. Finishing fifth or higher would make it a very good season.

To borrow a phrase from Dagny Scott Barrios, I hope that the Gymdogs go into the Super Six with a mental attitude “… of equal parts cockiness and calm.”

National Championship Finals
(16 Apr 2016)
Super Six Team Finals
Seed Team Name Final RQS
01 Oklahoma 197.920
02 Florida 197.795
03 LSU 197.695
04 Alabama 197.400
05 UCLA 197.055
06 Georgia 197.010

Super Six Finals: Actual Outcome
Team Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
Oklahoma 49.2250 49.4500 49.4250 49.5750 197.6750
LSU 49.5250 49.1250 49.3375 49.4625 197.4500
Alabama 49.3250 49.2875 49.4500 49.3750 197.4375
Florida 49.3250 49.4500 49.2125 49.3750 197.3500
UCLA 49.0875 49.1000 49.4375 49.2000 196.8250
Georgia 49.2125 49.1875 49.3625 49.0500 196.8125

National Championship Prelims
(15 Apr 2016)
Preliminary Session 1
Seed Team Name Final RQS
01 Florida 197.795
02 LSU 197.695
03 Auburn 197.150
04 Georgia 197.010
05 Minnesota 196.495
06 Stanford 196.355

Preliminary Session 1: Actual Outcome
Team Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
Florida 49.3500 49.4750 49.3500 49.3000 197.4750
LSU 49.3375 49.3250 49.3000 49.3750 197.3375
Georgia 49.2750 49.3750 49.1125 48.9625 196.7250
Stanford 49.1500 49.0250 48.4750 48.9250 195.5750
Auburn 48.9625 49.0875 48.1500 48.9000 195.1000
Minnesota 49.0375 47.6625 49.2500 49.0375 194.9875

National Championship Prelims
(15 Apr 2016)
Preliminary Session 2
Seed Team Name Final RQS
01 Oklahoma 197.920
02 Alabama 197.400
03 Utah 197.205
04 UCLA 197.055
05 California 196.770
06 Nebraska 196.635

Preliminary Session 2: Actual Outcome
Team Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
Oklahoma 49.4000 49.4625 49.4750 49.4500 197.7875
Alabama 48.9875 49.3125 49.3000 49.2875 197.3875
UCLA 48.9875 49.2375 49.3625 49.1125 196.7000
California 49.0625 49.0000 49.0750 48.8750 195.8500
Nebraska 49.0500 48.7875 48.9750 48.9625 195.7750
Utah 49.1000 49.2875 48.1375 49.2375 195.7625

Athens Regional (22 Mar 2016)
Seed Team Name Team RQS
01 LSU 197.695
02 Georgia 197.010
03 Oregon St 196.575
04 Arizona 196.155
05 G Washington 195.905
06 Michigan St 195.385

Update. April 03, 2016. The results of the Athens Regional lined up exactly as the seedings did. LSU won first place, Georgia took second, etc. Georgia did not perform up to their full potential — many did, but others did not. A team has to average 9.850 per counting routine to get a team score of 197, which probably is what it will take to advance beyond the prelims in Ft. Worth. Still, Georgia’s second place finish qualified them for the NCAA National Championship in Ft. Worth on April 15 - 17. Brandie Jay deserves special praise for her performances and for her support of her teammates all season long. She was chosen Regional Co-Gymnast of the Year, a well-deserved honor! Mary Beth Box, Ashlyn Broussard, Gigi Marino, Morgan Reynolds, and Brittany Rogers ALSO deserve sincere praise for their accomplishments. Sidney Snead is injured, but she has been a major contributor, and we admire her, whatever the next stage of the post-season brings. I probably have missed one or two athletes.

Results of the Athens Regional can be found in numerous places, including a Team Summary page in this directory. Besides team performances, I have tabulated individual performances by the Gymdogs.

2016 Gymdogs Roster
Gymnast Class Hometown
Jasmine Arnold SO Murfreesboro, TN
Vivi Babalis SO Montreal, QC
Mary Beth Box SR Calhoun, GA
Caroline Bradford FR Prairieville, LA
Ashlyn Broussard JR Plano, TX
Gracie Cherrey FR Woodbury, MN
Brandie Jay SR Fort Collins, CO
Lauren Johnson JR Atlanta, GA
Gigi Marino SO Scottsdale, AZ
Morgan Reynolds JR Athens, GA
Beth Roberts JR Tifton, GA
Brittany Rogers SR Coquitlam, BC
Hayley Sanders SO McKinney, TX
Rachel Schick JR Rancho Cuca., CA
Sydney Snead FR Raleigh, NC
Natalie Vaculik SO Whitby, ON

Gymdogs’ 2016 Competion Schedule
Date Opponent / Event Location Time (EST)
Regular Season Culminating with SEC Team Championship
01/09/16 Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 4:00 p.m.
01/15/16 Arkansas TV Fayetteville, AR 8:30 p.m.
01/18/16 Stanford TV Athens, GA 2:00 p.m.
01/22/16 Missouri Columbia, MO 8:00 p.m.
01/29/16 Kentucky Lexington, KY 7:00 p.m.
02/05/16 Florida TV Athens, GA 7:00 p.m.
02/13/16 LSU (Alumni Meet) TV Athens, GA 4:00 p.m.
02/20/16 Oklahoma TV Athens, GA 4:00 p.m.
02/26/16 Alabama TV Tuscaloosa, AL 8:30 p.m.
03/04/16 Auburn TV Athens, GA 7:00 p.m.
03/06/16 UCLA Los Angeles, CA 5:00 p.m.
03/11/16 Utah Salt Lake City, UT 7:00 p.m.
03/19/16 SEC Championship Little Rock, AR 2:00 & 6:00 p.m.
Post Season Events that Require Qualification
04/02/16 NCAA Regionals Athens, GA 4:00 p.m.
04/15/16 NCAA Prelims Fort Worth, TX TBA
04/16/16 NCAA Super Six Fort Worth, TX TBA

Computing Regional Qualifying Scores (RQS’s)

Saturday (03-19-2016).— On Monday, February 22, there was a shakeup in the national ranking of gymnastics teams, as the criterion (which through February 15 was average team score) became regional qualifying score (RQS). If you compare the national rankings (reproduced below on this page), you will find similarities between the early season rankings and the current ranking; but you will also find some significant changes.

RQS will be the ranking criterion through the remainder of the regular season, including conference championships. So where do those numbers come from? And what is the rationale for making them the criterion? Regarding the first question, the procedure for getting a team’s RQS is: (1) find the team’s three highest “away” scores and add them to a tentative list, (2) find their three highest remaining scores, “home” or “away,” and add them to the list, (3) find the greatest of the six scores currently on the list and delete it, and (4) compute the average of the five remaining scores.

To illustrate, consider the Georgia Gym Dogs’ thirteen meets as of March 19, 2016. Those meets are summarized in the following table. You will notice that this table does not include whether the Gym Dogs won or lost — that is irrelevant for computing RQS. Meeting dates and opponents are listed only to make it easier to check the data against the official NCAA data, which is available on the Internet. Also, a team’s opponents, and when the meets took place, are irrelevant for computing RQS.

Data for Calculating the Gym Dogs’ RQS
as of March 19, 2016
Date Team Score Home/Away Opponent
01-09-2016 195.200 A Michigan
01-15-2016 196.775 A Arkansas
01-18-2016 195.750 H Stanford
01-22-2016 195.350 A Missouri
01-29-2016 196.275 A Kentucky
02-05-2016 196.400 H Florida
02-13-2016 197.525 H L.S.U.
02-20-2016 196.750 H Oklahoma
02-26-2016 195.675 A Alabama
03-04-2016 197.275 H Auburn
03-06-2016 197.025 A UCLA & Stanford
03-12-2016 197.125 A Utah
03-19-2016 196.850 A SEC Championship

Step 1. Georgia’s three highest “away” scores are those for Utah (197.125), the UCLA & Stanford tri-meet (197.025), and the SEC Championship meet (196.850). Thus we tentatively add those three scores to our list.

Step 2. From the remaining meets, Georgia’s three highest scores are those for L.S.U. (197.525), Auburn (197.275), and Arkansas (196.775). We again tentatively add those to our list, which now includes six scores.

Step 3. Among those six scores, Georgia’s highest score is that from the L.S.U. meet (197.525). The computing algorithm for RSQ’s requires that we delete the highest score from our tentative list of six. When we do this, we are left with scores of 197.125, 197.025, 196.850, 197.275, and 196.775.

Step 4. We now compute the average score of the remaining five. We add together those five scores, and then divide by 5:

RQS = (197.125 + 197.025 + 196.850 + 197.275 + 196.775)/5
= 197.010

Regarding the second question raised in paragraph two above, the effect of using RQS as the criterion for ranking teams, and thus for assigning them to NCAA Regionals at the end of the season, is to reduce any effects from “home floor advantage” by requiring teams to count some of their scores on the road. In most team sports, the home or hosting team is considered to have a significant advantage over the visitor, for a variety of reasons. In addition, RQS seeks to reduce the influence of possible flukes at either the high end or the low end. In the calculation above, for example, Georgia’s low score versus Michigan is not counted, nor is their high score versus L.S.U. Those may or may not be “flukes,” but the fact remains that many teams will have some uncharacteristic scores at the end of the regular season that probably are not indicative of how they would perform at the end-of-season regional and national championships.

Regular Season Meet Results:

The SEC Championships Meet
(Saturday, March 19, 2016)

North Little Rock, Arkansas — The SEC Championships Meet, being the final meet of the regular season, is used in the final calculation of regional qualifying scores (RQS’s). The good news for Georgia is that they raised their RQS from 196.990 to 197.010. Whether that will keep them ranked #8 in the country remains to be seen. UCLA was ranked #9 last week, just behind Georgia, with an RQS of 196.940. They could leapfrog Georgia, pushing the Gymdogs down into the ninth spot, depending on how they score this weekend. Georgia will be #8 or #9 in the final regular season ranking. Getting over the 197 barrier is satisfying, even though it’s more symbolic than material.

In the SEC Championships Meet itself, the winner was Florida with a score of 197.775. Alabama (197.75), L.S.U. (197.500), Auburn (196.975), Georgia (196.850), Arkansas (196.500), Kentucky (196.250), and Missouri (195.750) followed in that order. More detail can be found here.

Georgia should easily qualify for the first round of the post-season, as the top 36 teams qualify for participation in an NCAA Regional. Georgia will be the second seed in the NCAA Athens Regional. They will be joined by the top seed, which will be Oklahoma, Florida, L.S.U., Alabama, Utah, Auburn, or Michigan. There will, of course, be four other teams as well. Georgia has to qualify in the top two in their regional in order to advance to the NCAA Championships. The NCAA Regionals take place on April 02.

Georgia Gymdogs vs. Utah Utes
(Saturday, March 12, 2016)

Salt Lake City, Utah — Utah defeated Georgia 197.675 to 197.125; however, the Gymdogs posted their highest “away” score of the season; and in doing so, they raised their RQS from 196.820 to 196.990. Their balance beam RQS jumped from 48.995 to 49.130, which is a very good sign for Georgia as we get closer to the post-season. A crowd of 15,403 filled the Huntsman Center, almost all of them being Utah fans.

In the first rotation, Utah was on vault and Georgia was on bars. Georgia had one fall, but Sydney Snead (9.825), Brandie Jay (9.850), and Brittany Rogers (9.925) kept the Gymdogs in the ball game. Over on the vault, a 9.875 from Breanna Hughes and a trio of 9.850’s powered Utah to a 0.100 lead, 49.225 to 49.125.

Switching events for the second rotation, Georgia began to hit their stride. Ashlyn Broussard (9.825), Lauren Johnson (9.800), Gigi Marino (9.875), Sydney Snead (9.900), Brittany Rogers (9.925), and Brandie Jay (9.850) gave the Gymdogs a team score of 49.375. It’s notable that their throw-away score was a 9.800. Over on the bars, Utah was on a roll, led by Kassandra Lopez (9.900), Sabrina Schwab (9.925), Breanna Hughes (9.925), and Baely Rowe (9.950). After two rotations, Utah led 98.775 to 98.500.

For the third rotation, the Gymdogs went to the floor exercise and the Utes went to the balance beam. Both teams seemed strongly intent to maintain their momentum. For Georgia, Sydney Snead, Vivi Babalis, Mary Beth Box, and Brandie Jay all scored 9.850 or higher; and they produced a team score of 49.275. For Utah, the story was pretty much the same: most notably, Baely Rowe contributed a 9.875, and Kassandra Lopez added a 9.950. After three rotations, Utah led 148.100 to 147.775.

It would be hard for Georgia to catch or surpass Utah, who was inspired, in part, by a noisy crowd of 15,403 fans. To their credit, the Gymdogs did a good job. Brandie Jay led off with a 9.800. Vivi Babalis and Ashlyn Broussard added a pair of 9.850’s; Brittany Rogers hit a 9.900; and Mary Beth Box in the anchor position put up a 9.950. Over on the floor, Tiffani Lewis and Sabrina Schwab contributed a pair of 9.925’s, and Breanna Hughes scored 10.000.

Full team and individual scores for both teams can be found here. Georgia now has a week to prepare for the SEC Championship, which will be their final chance to raise their RQS to 197.000 or above. That is a goal worth pursuing!

Georgia Gymdogs vs. Auburn Tigers
(Friday, March 04, 2016)

Athens, Georgia — Auburn defeated Georgia 197.325 to 197.275. Although the Gymdogs would like to win every meet, they nonetheless accomplished quite a bit in this meet, in spite of a narrow loss. Their RQS increased from 196.375 to 196.550. Although Georgia is hosting one of the six NCAA Regional competitions, and surely will qualify for that regional, RQS is the basis for getting a beneficial seed; so increasing their RQS gives them a better chance of being seeded first or second. If they finish the regular season, including the SEC Conference Meet, with an RQS that puts them in the top 12 nationally, then they will be seeded no worse than second in the Athens Regional. If a team is not in the top 12 nationally, then they will have to face two other teams that ARE in the top 12. That would be a precarious situation, because only the top two finishers in each NCAA Regional will qualify for the NCAA Team Championship. Getting their RQS as high as possible needs to be a top priority for Georgia (or for any other team). But let’s now consider some of the details of the Georgia-Auburn meet.

In the first rotation, Georgia on vault and Auburn on bars, Georgia jumped out to a narrow lead. Ashlyn Broussard and Sydney Snead contributed a pair of 9.825’s; Lauren Johnson and Gigi Marino added a pair of 9.850’s; Brittany Rogers hit a 9.925; and Brandie Jay anchored with a 9.950. Over on the uneven bars, Kait Kluz scored a 9.900 and Abby Milliet scored a 9.950. Both teams performed well, but Georgia emerged with a 49.400 to 49.350 for a narrow lead.

Switching events for the second rotation, the Gymdogs had some minor difficulties, but they also had some solid performances. Sydney Snead led off with a 9.850, which was matched by Brandie Jay in the fifth position. Natalie Vaculik hit a 9.875, and Rachel Schick hit a beautiful 9.925. As a team, the Gymdogs scored a 49.075. Over on the vault, Auburn scored nothing below a 9.800. Most notably, Caitlin Atkinson hit a 9.875 and MJ Rott added a 9.950. After the first two rotations, Auburn was in the lead 98.725 to 98.475. The third rotation would be crucial, as Georgia would be on the balance beam, which has been their nemesis all season. Would they be able to score well enough to keep them in the hunt?

The short answer is yes. Brandie Jay led off with her trademark beam routine, scoring a 9.875. Georgia’s next three competitors, had near-falls, but they hung on and scored in the 9.7’s. In the fifth spot, Ashlyn Broussard hit a near-flawless 9.925; and Mary Beth Box anchored with another near-flawless 9.925. On the floor exercise, Auburn’s Kullen Hlawek scored a 9.900, and four other Tigers scored 9.850’s, giving Auburn a 49.300 team score on the event. Georgia’s team score on beam was 49.250. After three rotations, Auburn was ahead 148.025 to 147.725, giving Auburn a cushion of 0.300 as the teams switched events for the final rotation.

The Gymdogs were determined to make up that 0.300 deficit. Sydney Snead led off and Vivi Babalis followed, scoring a pair of 9.875’s. Mary Beth Box and Brandie Jay contributed a pair of 9.925’s; and Gigi Marino, in the fourth position, had produced a 9.950. The Gymdogs scored a 49.550 team score. Over on the balance beam, Auburn, too, was determined. They were consistently in the 9.8’s. In the anchor position, Caitlin Atkinson sealed a narrow victory for the Tigers with a 9.925.

In the individual all-around, Brandie Jay garnered the victory with a 39.600, and Auburn’s Caitlin Atkinson took second with a 39.475. Full team and individual scores for both teams can be found here.

Gymdogs vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide
(Friday, February 26, 2016)

Tuscaloosa, Alabama — The Gymdogs had many excellent individual routines, but their team score reflects four missed routines (0.5 deductions), two on the uneven bars and two more on the balance beam. Georgia has been working on mastering difficult routines, which may pay off at the end of the season; but those increase the odds of getting low team scores in the regular season. That is what happened in Tuscaloosa.

In the first rotation, Alabama was on the vault and Georgia was on the uneven bars. Alabama’s Keely McNeer began the meet with a 9.850 on the vault. Georgia followed with a 9.200 on the bars. For the Gymdogs, Sydney Snead scored a 9.850; Rachel Schick added a 9.800; and Brandie Jay contributed a 9.900. But they had to count a 9.700 and a 9.250 in their team score, which would have them playing catch-up after what usually is among their best events. Over on the vault, Lauren Beers scored a 10.000. After one rotation, the Crimson Tide led the Gymdogs 49.400 to 48.500.

Switching events for the second rotation, Georgia started to come alive. Ashlyn Broussard scored a 9.825 in the leadoff spot. Gigi Marino, Sydney Snead, and Brandie Jay added a trio of 9.850’s; and Brittany Rogers added a 9.925. In her first performance of the season, Lauren Johnson scored a 9.800, a pretty good beginning! Alabama, however, did not let up. Kiana Winston scored a 9.975; and Ari Guerra and Katie Bailey added a pair of 9.900’s. After two rotations, Alabama led Georgia 98.925 to 97.800.

For the third rotation, Georgia went to the floor exercise and Alabama went to the balance beam. In this rotation, Georgia made up part of their deficit, scoring 49.350 as a team, while Alabama scored 49.125. Georgia’s counting scores included a 9.825 from Sidney Snead, a 9.850 from Vivi Babalis, a 9.875 from Brandie Jay, and a pair of 9.900’s from Gigi Marino and Mary Beth Box. Over on the beam, Alabama’s Aja Sims scored a 9.900 and Nickie Guerrero scored a 9.950. After three rotations, the Crimson Tide led the Gymdogs 148.050 to 147.150.

For the fourth and final rotation, the two teams switched events again, Georgia going to the beam and Alabama going to the floor. Georgia received a 9.725 from Brandie Jay, a pair of 9.850’s from Brittany Rogers and Vivi Babalis; and a 9.900 from Mary Beth Box. Georgia’s two falls meant they had to count a 9.200 in their team score. Over on the floor exercise, Amanda Jetter scored a 9.925 and Kiana Winston and Lauren Beers added a pair of 9.975’s.

The individual all-around was won by Georgia’s Brandie Jay, who scored a 39.350. Full team and individual scores for both teams can be found here.

Next up for the Gymdogs is a meet with the Auburn Tigers in Stegeman Coliseum on Friday, March 04, 2016. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. The will be Senior Night for the Gymdogs, which will honor Mary Beth Box, Brandie Jay, and Brittany Rogers. Go seniors!

Gymdogs vs. Oklahoma
(Saturday, February 20, 2016)

Athens, Georgia — Georgia had a generally good meet, but they lost to nationally #1 ranked Oklahoma 197.375 to 196.750. The Gymdogs beat Oklahoma on one event, floor, but they lost the other three events, although just by small amounts on vault and bars, but the real damage occurred on the balance beam, where Oklahoma scored a 49.500 and Georgia scored a 48.675. Adding up the numbers, we see that Georgia lost on beam by 0.825. The two teams’ difference in the final meet scores, however, was only 0.625. The Gymdogs would have beaten the #1 team in the nation if only vault, bars, and floor had counted.

Mary Beth Box
Mary Beth Box getting focused for her balance beam routine.
(Photo by David Barnes)
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Georia is NOT a weak team on the balance beam, but they need to put together at least five good routines to beat a team like Oklahoma. But let’s look now at the larger picture.

In the first rotation, Georgia (on vault) did not have any individual scores below 9.800. Gigi Marino and Sydney Snead scored a pair of 9.850’s; Brittany Rogers added a 9.875; and Brandie Jay anchored with a 9.900. Over on the uneven bars, Oklahoma did not have a counting score below 9.850. Keeley Kmieciak scored a 9.900 and McKenzie Wofford anchored with a 9.950.

Georgia was slightly behind at that point, but they gained some of it back in the second rotation. Georgia on the bars put up consistantly high scores, all 9.850 or higher, led by a pair of 9.900’s from Brandie Jay and Brittany Rogers. Back on the vault, Oklahoma also was consistently high, led by a 9.950 from Ali Jackson. However, as just mentioned, the Gymdogs gained on the Sooners, who now led 98.775 to 98.675.

For the third rotation, Georgia went to the beam and Oklahoma went to the floor exercise. On beam, Georgia received a trio of 9.850’s from Natalie Vaculik, Brandie Jay, and Ashlyn Broussard. Mary Beth Box anchored with a 9.825. But two routines had falls, deductions of 0.500, one of which had to count. Over on the floor, Oklahoma scored consistently in the 9.8’s, led by a 9.850 from Natalie Brown. But their lowest counting score was a 9.800, which gave the Sooners as a team a big lead after three rotations.

For the fourth rotation, Georgia went to the floor exercise and Oklahoma went to the balance beam. Georgia had a lot of work to do, but they set out to do it, led by a trio of 9.900’s from Gigi Marino, Mary Beth Box, and Brandie Jay. Brittany Rogers and Sydney Snead added a pair of 9.850’s to give Georgia a very solid 49.400 for the event. Over on the balance beam, was showing equal determination to preserve their victory, scoring 49.500 as a team, led by a 9.950 from Chayse Capps.

In the individual all-around, the Gymdogs’ Brandie Jay was victorious with a 39.550. The Sooners’ Chayse Capps placed second with a 39.450. Full team and individual scores for both teams can be found here.

Up next for the Gymdogs is the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, February 26, at 8:30 PM Eastern Time. The meet will be held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Georgia Defeats L.S.U. 197.525 to 196.800
(Saturday, February 13, 2016)

Athens, Georgia — The Georgia Gymdogs defeated the L.S.U. Tigers 197.525 to 196.800 in Stegeman Coliseum. The Gymdogs won every event and three of the four rotations. Georgia now has had enough meets to permit calculating a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), although RQS’s will not be used for national ranking until February 22. As of today, Georgia’s average team score is 196.182 and their RQS is 196.110. Although won-lost records in gymnastics aren’t used for anything except perhaps bragging rights, Georgia has now defeated two of the top six teams in the nation, Florida and L.S.U. Suffice it to say that Saturday, February 13, was a very good day for the Gymdogs!

Brandie Jay

Brandie Jay performs on the balance beam en route to a 9.900.
(Photo by Emily Selby)
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In the first rotation, Georgia was on the vault and L.S.U. was on the uneven bars. Ashlyn Broussard led off with a solid 9.825. Georgia’s Gigi Mareno and Sydney Snead hit a pair of 9.900’s; Brittany Rogers added a 9.875; and Brandie Jay anchored with 9.925. Over on the bars, Jessica Savona scored a 9.850 and Sarah Finnegan added a 9.875. Georgia as a team scored 49.425, while L.S.U. scored 49.200.

Switching events for the second rotation, Georgia’s biggest scores were a 9.825 from Sydney Snead, a 9.925 from Brandie Jay, and a 9.950 from Brittany Rogers. L.S.U. received a 9.875 from Sydney Ewing, a 9.850 from Myia Hambrick, and a 9.950 from Ashleigh Gnat. After two rotations, Georgia led 98.675 to 98.475 in team score.

For the third rotation, the Gymdogs moved to the balance beam and the Tigers moved to the floor exercise. Natalie Vaculik led off for Georgia with a solid 9.825. The beam has been Georgia’s nemesis all season long, so getting off to a good start was a good sign. Brandie Jay added a 9.900; Brittany Rogers followed with a 9.925; Vivi Babalis in the fourth position added an impressive 9.875; and Ashlyn Broussard hit a 9.900. As a team, the Gymdogs scored a 49.425, their best beam performance of the season. L.S.U., however, was not about to give up. In the leadoff spot, Sydney Ewing scored a 9.850 and Myia Hambrick followed that with 9.875. In the anchor spot, Ashleigh Gnat notched a very nice 9.925. Nonetheless, after three rotations, Georgia as a team led L.S.U. as a team 148.100 to 147.750.

In the final rotation, the teams once again switched events, Georgia on floor and L.S.U. on beam. On the beam, Erin Macadaeg began the rotation with 9.925 for L.S.U. For Georgia, Sydney Snead led off with a routine that appeared that it might match Erin Macadaeg’s score, but Sydney bounced out of bounds on her final pass, probably enough to cost her a 0.200 deduction. Her routine was absolutely beautiful except for the final 2 or 3 seconds. Her teammates, however, seemed to catch fire after that. Brittany Rogers scored a 9.875; Gigi Mareno added a 9.900; and Mary Beth Box and Brandie Jay added a pair of 9.925’s. Over on the beam, L.S.U. had to count a 9.675 due to near fall in the 5th position, followed by a fall in the 6th position. Although they still cracked to 49 barrier, the Gymdogs pulled further ahead.

In the individual all-around, Brandie Jay scored a 39.675 and Brittany Rogers scored a 39.625, two brilliant all-around performances. L.S.U.’s Myia Hambrick scored a 39.450. Full team and individual scores for both teams can be found here.

Next up for the Gymdogs is a meet in Stegeman Coliseum against the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, February 20, at 4:00 PM.

Here’s Where the Action Is!
Stegeman Coliseum
The Gymdogs are much stronger on floor this season than they were last season.

Georgia Defeats Florida 196.400 to 196.350 in the Stegeman Coliseum
(05 February 2016)

Athens, Georgia. It was a come-from-behind victory for the Gymdogs. After three rotations, Florida led Georgia 147.675 to 146.775. In the final rotation, however, the Gymdogs posted their largest event score of the 2016 season. Meanwhile, Florida suffered two missed routines, one of which they had to count in their team score.

Brittany Rogers
Brittany Rogers performs her floor routine in the meet between Florida and Georgia.
(Photo by Emily Selby)
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In the first rotation, Georgia was on vault and Florida was on the uneven bars. Georgia started off slower than usual with four routines in the 9.7’s. Sydney Snead in the third position posted a 9.825, and Brandie Jay in the anchor position posted a 9.875, for a team score of 49.000. Over on the bars, all of Florida’s counting scores were 9.800 or higher. Bridgette Caquatto scored a 9.900 and Alex McMurtry scored a 9.925 producing a 49.325 team score.

Switching events for the second rotation, Georgia began to find their groove. Sydney Snead hit a 9.900; Rachel Schick and Brittany Rogers scored a pair of 9.850’s; and Brandie Jay added a 9.925. On the vault, Florida’s Bridget Sloan notched a 9.875 and Alex McMurtry hit a 9.900. The team scores were 49.325 for Georgia and 49.275 for Florida. The running team scores were now 98.325 for Georgia and 98.600 for Florida.

For the third rotation, the Gymdogs moved to the balance beam and the Gators moved to the floor exercise. The beam has been Georgia’s nemesis this season. They have upgraded their skills difficulty, but an unwanted consequence has been more missed routines. In this meet, the Gymdogs’ first routine did result in a fall; their next two routines seemed to be getting them back on track; but their fourth routine included two falls. In the fifth spot, Ashlyn Broussard executed an excellent save. As she seemed to be falling, she somehow got her center of gravity back under the beam, which took two or three seconds; but she did not touch the beam with her hands, and thus the only deduction she got was for a loss of continuity between skills. Her 9.725 may have saved the meet for Georgia. In the anchor position, Mary Beth Box scored a 9.850, and Georgia came out of the rotation with a team score of 48.450, which could have been a lot worse. Over on floor, Florida’s Alicia Boren scored a 9.875 and Kennedy Baker scored a 9.925, leading to a Florida team score of 49.075.

For the final rotation, the teams switched events once again, Georgia on floor and Florida on the balance beam. Georgia really came alive: Sydney Snead led off with a 9.875; Vivi Babalis added a 9.900; and Brittany Rogers, Gigi Mareno, and Mary Beth Box added a trio of 9.950’s. In the anchor position, Brandie Jay stepped maybe one inch out of bounds on her second pass, losing probably a 0.10 deduction and scoring a 9.800. Meanwhile, over on beam, Ericha Fassbender scored a 9.850; Alex McMurtry scored a 9.825; and Bridget Sloan anchored with a 9.875. However, they had two missed routines, dropping their team score to 48.675, and losing the meet to Georgia.

Brittany Rogers and Brandie Jay shared the individual all-around title, both scoring 39.375. Bridget Sloan scored 39.150 for Florida. Detailed descriptions of the team and individual results can be found here.

Coming up next for the Gymdogs is a home meet against the LSU Tigers, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 13, at 4:00 PM Eastern Time.

Georgia Defeats Kentucky 196.275 to 195.025 at Lexington, Kentucky
(29 January 2016)

Lexington, Kentucky. Georgia has now been on the road for four of their first five meets, which is a difficult early season schedule. Nevertheless, they finished that string of away meets with a victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, 196.275 to 195.025. Highlights include Brandie Jay’s second straight all-around victory. Brandie, Brittany Rogers, and Mary Beth Box all posted scores of 9.900 or above. Sydney Snead had another very good meet, performing on three events and notching 9.850 or higher on each. Kentucky received consistently good scores from Sidney Dukes and Alex Hyland, among others.

For the first rotation, Kentucky was on the vault and Georgia was on the uneven bars. The Gymdogs essentially broke the meet wide open in this first rotation, scoring a 49.325 to Kentucky’s 48.500. Particularly notable were a pair of 9.850’s from Natalie Vaculik and Gracie Cherrey, a 9.875 from Gracie Cherrey, and a 9.925 from Brittany Rogers. Kentucky received a score of 9.825 from Katie Stuart and a score of 9.800 from Sidney Dukes; however, they had one missed routine and two low-scoring routines, which account for their team score.

Switching events for the second rotation, Georgia’s vaulters were a bit out of sync, although Sydney Snead hit a 9.850, Brittany Rogers added a 9.800, and Brandie Jay anchored with a 9.900. Kentucky’s highest scores were a 9.800 from Cori Rechenmacher and a 9.825 from Sidney Dukes. At the end of this rotation, Georgia as a team led 98.300 to 97.325.

For the third rotation, the Gymdogs moved to the floor exercise and the Wildcats moved to the balance beam. The Wildcats received a trio of 9.800’s from Montana Whittle, Sidney Dukes, and Alex Hyland; however, the Gymdogs countered with a 9.850 from Sydney Snead, a 9.825 from Gigi Marino, a 9.900 from Mary Beth Box, and a 9.875 from Brandie Jay. As a team, Georgia extended its lead, 147.500 to 146.125.

For the final rotation, Georgia was on the beam and Kentucky was on the floor. The balance beam has been Georgia’s nemesis this season. They have lost two meets — Missouri and Stanford — and possibly a third — Michigan — because of weak finishes on the beam. The goal must be a solid performance, not necessarily a spectacular performance. Stay on the equipment and a solid victory will be the result. Well, that is exactly what the Gymdogs did. When Gracie Cherrey fell off the equipment in the fourth position, Vivi Babalis and Mary Beth Box, in the fifth and sixth positions, took extra care to make sure they stayed on the equipment. As a team, they scored a 48.775, not spectacular, but it insured a solid team victory, even though Kentucky as a team scored a 48.900 on the floor exercise.

Next up for the Gymdogs is a home meet against the Florida Gators, scheduled to take place in Stegeman Coliseum on February 05 (Friday night) at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.

Georgia Gymdogs vs. the Missouri Tigers
(Friday, January 22, 2016)

Columbia, Missouri. The Gymdogs lost to the Missouri Tigers 195.800 to 195.350. As in their loss against Stanford last Monday, they had the highest scores on vault, bars, and floor; but they lost decisively on the balance beam.

In rotation 1, Georgia was on bars. Natalie Vaculik scored a strong 9.875 in the leadoff position. Sydney Snead and Rachel Schick contributed a pair of 9.800’s and Brandie Jay and Brittany Rogers added a pair of 9.850’s. Over on the vault, Britney Ward scored a 9.875 for the Tigers, but their other scores all were below 9.800. The Gymdogs led 49.175 to 48.775.

In rotation 2, Georgia (on vault) received scores of 9.825 or above from Ashlyn Broussard, Sydney Snead, Gigi Marino, Brittany Rogers, and Brandie Jay, scoring 49.275 as a team. Meanwhile, Missouri was wracking up a team score of 49.025, led by Brooke Kelly’s 9.850.

In rotation 3, the Gymdogs were on the floor exercise and the Tigers were on the balance beam. The Tigers had one missed routine, but only the top five routines count in the scoring. Britney Ward put up a 9.900 and the team finished with a 48.925. The Gymdogs extended their lead with a team score of 49.225, led by Mary Beth Box and Brandie Jay, who contributed a pair of 9.900’s. Gigi Marino was not far behind, scoring a 9.875.

In rotation 4, Missouri outscored Georgia by 1.4 points, giving them the victory. Mary Beth Box scored a 9.875 for the Gymdogs, and Brandie Jay scored a 9.850. Detailed descriptions of the team and individual results can be found here. In what we believe was her first time as a college all-arounder, Brandie Jay scored an impressive 39.475. We hope to see more of her in that role!

Next up for Georgia will be the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, January 29, at 7:00 PM Eastern Time in Lexington, Kentucky.

Georgia Loses a Tough One to Stanford
(18 January 2016)

Athens, Georgia. The Gymdogs had three exceptionally good rotations (vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise); in the third rotation things did not go well.

The Gymdogs began on vault and the Stanford Cardinal began on the uneven bars. Gymdog Ashlyn Broussard hit a 9.850 to begin the meet. Sydney Snead added a 9.825; Gigi Marino contributed a 9.900; Brittany Rogers scored a 9.950; and Brandie Jay anchored with a 9.975. Team score: 49.500. Meanwhile, Stanford as a team was scoring a a 49.025, led by a pair of 9.900’s from Dare Maxwell and Elizabeth Price. It looked at this point, however, that Georgia’s 0.475 lead would be nearly impossible to overcome.

Sydney Snead

Sydney Snead performs her floor routine in the meet between Stanford and Georgia.
(Photo by Emily Selby)
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For the second rotation, Georgia and Stanford switched events. Natalie Vaculik, Sydney Snead, Rachel Schick, Brandie Jay, and Brittany Rogers all scored 9.825 or higher; and Georgia as a team notched a 49.350. Over on the vault, Elizabeth Price scored a 9.875 to lead Stanford to a team score of 48.850. Georgia now had a cushion of 0.975.

Rotation three had Georgia on the balance beam and Stanford on the floor exercise. Georgia began strong. Ashlyn Broussard and Vivi Babalis notched a pair of 9.800’s, adding to Georgia’s lead. Then the Gymdogs seemed to lose their concentration. On the balance beam, a loss of concentration for ½ second may lead to a fall. Georgia’s next four athletes all had falls. Their routines in all four cases were impressive, but a fall costs a 0.500 deduction; and Georgia as a team scored 47.600. Stanford did not have an outstanding third rotation; but they scored a 48.800 and took the lead.

Switching events for the fourth rotation, Sydney Snead started for Georgia with a 9.850. Gigi Marino and Mary Beth Box added a pair of 9.900’s; and Brittany Rogers and Brandie Jay scored a pair of 9.825’s, giving the Gymdogs a team score of 49.300. From the stands it appeared that Brittany and Brandie should have be given higher scores, but the judges evidently detected minor faults that were not evident from further away. Over on the balance beam, Stanford was accumulating a team score of 49.200, led by a pair of 9.900’s from Ivana Hong and Melissa Chuang.

The individual all-around went to Stanford’s Elizabeth Price, who scored a 39.425. Detailed descriptions of the team and individual results can be found here. Next up for the Gymdogs will be the Missouri Tigers at Columbia, Missouri (8:00 PM Eastern Time).

Georgia Defeats Arkansas 196.775 to 196.700 at Arkansas
(15 January 2016)

Fayetteville, Arkansas. Arkansas had the home floor advantage and they used it well, outpointing the Gymdogs by small amounts on three of the four events. Georgia, however, won the vault 49.375 to 48.975, which was too much for the Razorbacks to overcome. Equally important, though, when Georgia was in danger of being overcome in the final rotation (Arkansas on floor and Georgia on beam), the Gymdogs fought hard to prevent that from happening. Ashlyn Broussard scored a 9.875; Rachel Schick added a solid 9.825; Brittany Rogers added a 9.900; and Mary Beth Box anchored with a 9.875. Arkansas did well on the floor, but Georgia was determined to not make it easy for them.

Detailed descriptions of the team and individual results can be found here.

Georgia will have little time to rest, as they will have their home opener in Stegeman Coliseum on Monday, March 18, at 2:00 p.m. against Stanford University. The Stanford Cardinal had a final Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 196.720 last season, whereas Georgia’s final RQS was 196.875. In recent years these two teams have been quite evenly matched. We should expect an exciting meet. Go Georgia!

Georgia versus Michigan
(Saturday, January 09, 2016)

Georgia did not compete last week. This is the Gymdogs first meet of the 2016 season. But Michigan took part in the Cancun Classic last week, coming away the winner. Last Monday they were listed as the national leader.

Today, a week later, Michigan defeated Georgia 196.925 to 195.200. Georgia was within striking distance of Michigan after three rotations; but the fourth rotation did not go well for the Gymdogs. Below is a summary of the meet, plus information on each rotation.

In the first rotation, Michigan was on vault and Georgia was on bars. Both teams got off to a slow start. In the 4th lineup position, however, Michigan’s Talia Chiarelli scored a 9.875, followed by Austin Sheppard with a 9.800 and Olivia Karas with a 9.900, giving the Wolverines a 49.050 team score. Over on the uneven bars, Georgia’s Sydney Snead scored a 9.900 in her first collegiate gymnastics performance. Brandie Jay scored a 9.825 and Brittany Rogers anchored with a 9.875, giving Georgia as a team a score of 49.125, putting them slightly ahead of Michigan.

Switching events for the second rotation, Natalie Vaculik vaulted to a 9.800 for Georgia. Sydney Snead hit a 9.875 and Brandie Jay anchored with a 9.800. Over on the uneven bars, all of Michigan’s athletes score a 9.8 or higher, led by Nicole Artz’s 9.900 and Brianna Brown’s 9.875. After two rotations, the running team scores were 98.250 for Michigan and 98.050 for Georgia.

For the third rotation, the Wolverines went to the balance beam and the Gymdogs went to the floor exercise. The highlights for Michigan were a pair of 9.875’s from Nicole Artz and Talia Chiarelli, giving them a 49.100 for the rotation and a running team score of 147.150. The highlights for Georgia on floor were a pair of 9.825’s from Sydney Sneed and Vivi Babalis, a 9.875 from Giga Marino, and a 9.900 from Mary Beth Box. The Gymdogs earned a 49.150 for the rotation, and a running score of 147.200 through three rotations.

For the final rotation, the teams switched events, Georgia to the beam and Michigan to the floor. Georgia was in a good position to win the meet, but they would need a good team score on the beam, and they would need for Michigan to not outscore them by 0.050 or more. Unfortunately, that was not to happen. Ashlyn Broussard led off for Georgia, fell off the beam, and score only a 8.900. Only the top five scores count, so Georgia would still have a chance, but they would have to hit the rest of its routines. However, they did have to count one more fall, and their highest scores would be a pair of 9.800’s from Brittany Rogers and Mary Beth Box. Meanwhile, over on the floor exercise, Michigan was racking up 4 scores of 9.000 or higher, plus a 9.850 to complete their counting scores. Detailed descriptions of the team and individual results can be found here.

Georgia will compete next on Friday, January 15, in Fayetteville Arkansas, vying against the Arkansas Razorbacks at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For those who will not be traveling to Fayetteville, the meet will be telecast on the SEC Network (Channel 607 on AT&T in this area).

National Team Rankings on the Four Events: Vault, Bars, Beam, and Floor

As of March 14, 2016, Georgia is nationally ranked 2nd on the vault, 9th on the uneven bars, 18th on the balance beam, and 9th on the floor exercise.

The Gymdogs next opponent, the Utah Utes, is currently ranked 7th on the vault, 3rd on the uneven bars, 5th on the balance beam, and 7th on the floor exercise. Georgia and Utah are fairly comparable on vault, bars, and floor. Georgia has been improving on balance beam. Utah’s beam RQS is 49.250, and Georgia’s beam RQS is 48.995. If Georgia can get a little more consistency on beam, they would be a team to be reckoned with.

National Ranking of Teams

Gym Dog

The ranking of teams in the early part of the season is based their average meet score. When teams have had only a few meets, that average may be misleading, because idiosyncratic factors can play a big role. The ranking becomes more meaningful starting on February 22nd, 2016, when the criterion becomes Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). Average scores are likely to include some performances that are uncharacteristic of a team’s likely performance, whereas RQS’s are adjusted to provide better estimates of how the teams are shaping up as the season progresses. Still, average scores provide a rough sense of which teams are doing well and are likely to be in the running for awards toward the end of the season; and they are all we have early in the season. RQS’s cannot be calculated until a team has competed at least six times, with at least three of those competitions being away meets.

National Ranks (21 Mar 2016)
Rank Team Name Team RQS
01 Oklahoma 197.920
02 Florida 197.795
03 LSU 197.695
04 Alabama 197.400
05 Utah 197.205
06 Auburn 197.150
07 Michigan 197.130
08 UCLA 197.055
09 Georgia 197.010
10 California 196.770
11 Denver 196.725
12 Nebraska 196.635
13-t Arkansas 196.575
13-t Oregon St 196.575
15 Boise St 196.570
16 Minnesota 196.495
17 Washington 196.360
18 Stanford 196.355

National Ranks (14 Mar 2016)
Rank Team Name Team RQS
01 Oklahoma 197.845
02 Florida 197.655
03 LSU 197.555
04 Alabama 197.325
05 Utah 197.205
06 Auburn 197.120
07 Michigan 197.085
08 Georgia 196.990
09 UCLA 196.940
10 Denver 196.645
11 California 196.555
12 Nebraska 196.535
13 Arkansas 196.505
14 Oregon St 196.450
15 Boise St 196.425
16 Minnesota 196.395
17 Washington 196.360
18 Iowa 196.330
19 Stanford 196.305
20 Missouri 196.235

National Ranks (07 Mar 2016)
Rank Team Name Team RQS
01 Oklahoma 197.765
02 Florida 197.580
03 LSU 197.340
04 Alabama 197.325
05 Utah 197.105
06 Michigan 197.085
07 Auburn 196.940
08 UCLA 196.865
09 Georgia 196.820
10 Denver 196.605
11 Arkansas 196.470
12 Boise St 196.365
13 Stanford 196.305
14 California 196.290
15 Missouri 196.235
16-t Oregon St 196.205
16-t Nebraska 196.205
18 Iowa 196.200
19 Minnesota 196.105
20 Arizona 196.080
21 Kentucky 195.965

National Ranks (29 Feb 2016)
Rank Team Name Team RQS
01 Oklahoma 197.705
02 Florida 197.440
03 Alabama 197.325
04 LSU 197.150
05 Michigan 197.065
06 Utah 197.020
07 UCLA 196.825
08 Auburn 196.720
09 Arkansas 196.460
10 Georgia 196.375
11 Boise St 196.330
12 California 196.235
13 Denver 196.210
14 Missouri 196.185
15 Nebraska 196.070
16 Stanford 196.045
17 Iowa 195.980
18 Arizona 195.895
19 Minnesota 195.850
20 Oregon St 195.840

National Ranks (22 Feb 2016)
Rank Team Name Team RQS
01 Oklahoma 197.595
02 Florida 197.355
03 Alabama 197.195
04 Michigan 196.920
05 Utah 196.850
06 UCLA 196.810
07 LSU 196.750
08 Auburn 196.495
09 Arkansas 196.315
10 Georgia 196.310
11 Boise St 196.185
12 Stanford 196.045
13 Denver 196.005
14 Nebraska 195.955
15 California 195.955
16 Missouri 195.900
17 Oregon St 195.840
18 Iowa 195.710
19 Minnesota 195.695
20 G. Washington 195.520

National Ranks (15 Feb 2016)
Rank Team Name Team AVE
01 Oklahoma 197.428
02 Florida 197.258
03 Michigan 196.993
04 Alabama 196.959
05 Utah 196.729
06 LSU 196.721
07 UCLA 196.671
08 Auburn 196.357
09 Boise St 196.210
10 Georgia 196.182
11 Arkansas 196.168
12 Stanford 195.971
13 Denver 195.954
14 Nebraska 195.875
15 California 195.730
16 Oregon St 195.721
17 G. Washinton 195.675
18 Minnesota 195.658
19 Missouri 195.646
20 Arizona 195.442

National Ranks (08 Feb 2016)
Rank Team Name Team AVE
01 Oklahoma 197.393
02 Florida 197.220
03 Michigan 196.860
04 Alabama 196.842
05 LSU 196.705
06 Utah 196.650
07 UCLA 196.510
08 Auburn 196.204
09 Arkansas 196.200
10 Boise St 196.194
11 Georgia 195.958
12 Denver 195.945
13 Stanford 195.856
14 Nebraska 195.830
15 Missouri 195.808
16 Oregon St 195.694
17 G. Washington 195.656
18 Minnesota 195.530
19 California 195.456
20 Illinois 195.290

National Ranks (01 Feb 2016)
Rank Team Name Team AVE
01 Florida 197.438
02 Oklahoma 197.185
03 Michigan 196.860
04 Alabama 196.855
05 UCLA 196.758
06 LSU 196.525
07 Utah 196.342
08 Arkansas 196.210
09 Boise St 196.175
10 Auburn 196.080
11 Georgia 195.870
12 Stanford 195.856
13 Denver 195.763
14 Nebraska 195.700
15 Oregon St 195.694
16 Missouri 195.645
17 G. Washington 195.517
18 Minnesota 195.469
19 Illinois 195.363
20 Arizona 195.217

National Ranks (25 Jan 2016)
Rank Team Name Team AVE
01 Florida 197.192
02 Oklahoma 197.094
03 Michigan 196.938
04 UCLA 196.758
05 Alabama 196.688
06 LSU 196.450
07 Utah 196.342
08 Arkansas 196.113
09 Auburn 196.106
10 Boise St 196.063
11 G. Washington 195.800
12 Stanford 195.783
13 Georgia 195.769
14 Denver 195.642
15 Oregon St 195.633
16 Missouri 195.600
17 Nebraska 195.342
18 Minnesota 195.267
19 Illinois 195.242
20 Arizona 195.217

National Ranks (18 Jan 2016)
Rank Team Name Team AVE
01 Florida 197.250
02 Oklahoma 196.967
03 Michigan 196.950
04 Alabama 196.783
05 UCLA 196.738
06 Utah 196.450
07 LSU 196.388
08 Auburn 196.175
09 Georgia 195.988
10 Arkansas 195.917
11 Oregon St 195.888
12 G. Washington 195.800
13 Boise St 195.700
14 Missouri 195.533
15 N. Hampshire 195.467
16 Denver 195.375
17 Illinois 195.288
18 Nebraska 195.100
19 Minnesota 195.063
20 Kentucky 195.000

National Ranks (11 Jan 2016)
Rank Team Name Team AVE
01-t L.S.U. 196.950
01-t Michigan 196.950
03 Florida 196.825
04 Oklahoma 196.725
05 UCLA 196.550
06 Alabama 196.300
07-t Auburn 196.175
07-t Geo. Wash. 196.175
07-t Utah 196.175
10 Arizona 195.700
11 California 195.575
12 Oregon St 195.425
13 Denver 195.375
14 Missouri 195.275
15 Georgia 195.200
16-t Arkansas 195.150
16-t Kent St 195.150
18 New Hamp. 195.100
19 Illinois 195.075
20 E Michigan 194.875


The University of Georgia women’s Gymnastics Team, nicknamed the “Gymdogs,” has a rich tradition of success. As this was written (January 2016), 72 gymnasts had earned 367 All-American awards, and Georgia gymnasts have won 40 individual NCAA titles. Georgia leads the country in their number of NCAA individual titles, their first having been in 1987. As a team, Georgia has earned 10 NCAA Team Championships; and it owns NCAA Championship records for team scores on three of the four apparatuses, as well as the best-ever NCAA Team Championship score of 198.575. Lucy Wener, Hope Spivey, Kim Arnold, Karin Lichey, Courtney Kupets, and Katie Heenan were among the athletes that led the Gymdogs to those remarkable achievements.

That is a great tradition that athletes, coaches, and fans understandably would like to see continue. Inevitably, a team will have its ups and downs, just as any individual athlete will. That is the nature of athletics! If winning were inevitable, then there would be no point in holding competitions. Most of all, what we wish for the Gymdogs is that they continue to give their very best, just as those who came before them did.

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A Strong Georgia Gymdogs Tradition
Gymdogs 2009
Pictured above are the 2009 Gymdogs meeting with Dr. Michael F. Adams, retired President of the University of Georgia, following their victory at the 2009 NCAA Team Championship.
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