Gymnastics at the University of Georgia: 2016 - 2017 Season
The first round of the NCAA post season has now been completed. Georgia participated in the NCAA Gainesville Regional meet (the South East Regional). The Gymdogs needed to place no lower than second to advance to the second round. They did place second, so now they will be going to St. Louis, Missouri, to see if they can qualify for the third round, more colloquially referred to as the “Super Six.” There were six different NCAA Regional meets: The South East, North East, Central, South Central, North Central, and West. The top two from each Regional advanced to the second round; and as just noted, Georgia is in the group of 12 that advanced. The seeding for the second round is based on National Qualifying Score (more on that shortly). Here is the seeding for the second round:
*Second semifinal of the upcoming second round.
For those who may not be familiar with the measure called National Qualifying Score (NQS), it is obtained by taking a team’s Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) and its actual score from its Regional competition, and adding them together. For example, the Gymdogs’ RQS after the regular season ended was 197.005; their actual score in their regional competition was 196.775; thus, their NQS = 197.005 + 196.775 = 393.780. As for interpretation, Georgia ranks 9th out of 12, which means that they must step up their game if they want to make it into the third round (i.e., the “Super Six”). When I was a college athlete, I always considered it good advice to not worry about what anyone else was doing. In gymnastics, a team doesn’t have an offense and a defense, like they do in football or wrestling or boxing. They have only an offense. The key to doing well is to stay focused, stay in the moment, and give it your best shot. That’s all that anyone can do.
Second Round of the NCAA Post Season - TV Coverage
The second round takes place on Friday, April 14, in St. Louis, Missouri. For those of us who would find it difficult to get to St. Louis on a Friday, the ESPN cable network is scheduled to televise both sessions of this round. Women’s College Gymnastics, Second Semifinal, 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM.
Breaking News (April 14, 2017)
Congratulations to Oklahoma, UCLA, and Utah for making the “Super Six” in Session 1. Oklahoma finished first with a score of 197.7250. UCLA was second with a score of 197.500, and Utah was third with a score of 197.050. Condolences to Denver, Washington, and Oregon State.
Congratulations to LSU, Florida, and Alabama for making the “Super Six” in Session 2. And condolences to Nebraska, Michigan, and Georgia. The Gymdogs will have to wait for another year.
General Info About This Page
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 nine seasons, which makes this site practically unique in providing historical context for better understanding Georgia’s national championships during that period, and their more recent efforts to get back to that level of performance, especially changes that have occurred during the previous four years. Between season 2011-12 and season 2015-16 there has been some degree of resurgence; and a goal for this season, of course, is to continue that resurgence.
The Gymdogs roster for the 2017 season is available now. (Click the blue link.) This year’s incoming freshmen are Rachel Dickson, Jordyn Pedersen, and Sabrina Vega, each of whom was a highly recruited gymnast, who could have an immediate impact on Georgia’s lineups. Sabrina (photo on the right) represented the United States in the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.
Looking ahead, the 2017 SEC Gymnastics Championship will be held on March 18, 2017 in the Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida. Below is a table containing more complete information on opponents, dates, locations, and times. If any late changes are made, then the table below will be revised accordingly.
Some of Georgia’s “away” meets will be televised on the SEC Network (Channel 607 for AT&T U-verse users in Athens, GA). Which meets? That depends on national rankings and other indicators of likely viewer interest. Those things may not be known for certain until near the time of the meets. Some sources give tentative guesses, but likely viewer interest is the deciding criterion.
This section reports on the gymnastics meets between the Georgia Gymdogs and one or more other teams. This season, Georgia is guaranteed to have 12 meets, which include 10 dual meets, one quad meet (four teams including Georgia), and their conferance meet (eight teams including Georgia). They could have 13, 14, or 15 meets, depending on whether they qualify for one or more of the NCAA post season competitions.
NCAA Championship “Super Six”
Most of those reading this, I am sure, would have liked to read an account of the Gymdogs performances; however, that was not to be this year. Nonetheless, the “Super Six” was an exciting meet. I was rooting primarily for LSU, given that they have never won a national championship; and it seemed that this might be their year. I like D-D Breaux, their Head Coach, who was in her 39th year of coaching at LSU.
The essentials are quite straight forward. As a team, Oklahoma scored 49.4875 on vault, 49.5875 on bars, 49.7000 on beam, and 49.6125 on floor, for a total score of 198.3875. LSU scored 49.3000 on vault, 49.3875, on bars, 49.7250 on beam, and 49.3250 on floor, for a total of 197.7375. Florida scored a 49.3625 on vault, a 49.5375 on bars, a 49.3000 on beam, and a 49.5000 on floor, for a total of 197.7000. UCLA scored a 49.0000 on vault, a 49.4375 on bars, a 49.4875 on beam, and a 49.3375 on floor, for a total of 197.2625. Utah scored a 49.0625 on vault, a 49.3125 on bars, a 49.1500 on beam, and a 49.0625 on floor, for a total of 196.5875. And Alabama scored a 49.1625 on vault, a 48.8875 on bars, a 48.6250 on beam, and a 49.3250 on floor, for a total of 196.0000. A more visual account is given below:
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The teams that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Post Season — the “Super Six” — were LSU (198.275), Florida (197.812), Oklahoma (197.725), Alabama (197.600), UCLA (197.500), and Utah (197.050). The Gymdogs finished sixth in the 2nd session.
The nature of athletics is that you have better days and worse days. Unfortunately, this was not one of Georgia’s better days. Nonetheless, there were some notable performances by the Gymdogs.
Kudos are deserved for Ashlyn Broussard on vault; Morgan Reynolds, Hayley Sanders, Rachel Dickson, and Rachel Schick on bars; Vivi Babalis on beam; and Morgan Reynolds, Beth Roberts, Vivi Babalis, Sydney Snead, and Gigi Marino on floor. As individuals, Rachel Schick and Rachel Dickson earned All-America honors. As a team, Georgia did well on the uneven bars and on the floor exercise. They fell short on the vault and on the balance beam.
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Up next for gymnastics fans, on Saturday, April 15, Women’s College Gymnastics (i.e., the “Super Six”) will be telecast on ESPNU from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM in Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Athens, GA.— Georgia defeated Utah 97.250 to 196.650 in Stegeman Coliseum. This was Seniors Day, and the Gymdog seniors contributed greatly to this victory. I was hoping that they would finish their final home meet with solid performances, and my hopes were realized. Good job, Gymdog seniors!
The Gymdogs got off to a fast start in the first rotation, posting a season-best score of 49.375 on vault. Morgan Reynolds and Lauren Johnson (two seniors) both posted 9.900s. Sydney Snead added a 9.875; Gigi Marino contributed a 9.850; and Rachel Dickson also contributed a 9.850. Meanwhile, over on the uneven bars, Utah as a team scored a 49.025, their best individual scores being a pair of 9.825s from MyKayla Skinner and Kari Lee.
Switching events for the second rotation, Georgia as a team scored a 49.175, while Utah put up a 49.125 on the vault. The Gymdogs top scores were a pair of 9.900s from Hayley Sanders and Rachel Dickson, and a 9.875 from Rachel Schick (a senior). Utah’s top individual scores were 9.850 from Kari Lee and a 9.875 from MyKayla. At the halfway point, the Gymdogs had a score of 148.550 and the Utes had a score of 98.150.
Georgia lost some of their cushion in the third rotation, where Georgia was on the balance beam and Utah was on the floor exercise. Georgia’s top individual scores were a trio of 9.850s from Sabrina Vega, Vivi Babalis, and Rachel Schick, contributing to a team score of 49.100. Over on the floor exercise, Kari Lee produced a 9.875 for Utah, and MyKayla Skinner added a 9.925. As a team, Utah scored a solid 49.250, putting them able to possibly win the meet.
|On the floor, Gigi Marino has scored 9.950s in
the last four consecutive meets. She is now ranked 9th in the
nation on floor exercise.
(Photo credit: Cory A. Cole)
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But Georgia was not going to let that happen. Georgia, now on the floor exercise, received a trio of 9.900s from Vivi Babalis, Sabrina Vega, and Sydney Snead; and they got a pair of 9.950s from Rachel Dickson and Gigi Marino. Morgan Reynolds got the ball rolling with an impressive 9.875. Over on the balance beam, Utah was giving a good effort, led by Missy Reinstadtler’s 9.850, Kari Lee’s 9.875, and MyKayla Skinner’s 9.925 Despite their efforts, however, the Gymdogs’ stellar performance on the floor exercise — a team score of 49.600 — won the meet for Georgia.
This doesn’t mark the end of Georgia’s regular season competitions — they still have the SEC Championships to go. They could raise their RQS by getting a team score > 96.800. The Gymdogs will head to Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on March 18 to compete in the SEC meet, which could make a difference in where and against whom they will compete in one or more of the NCAA post-season meets.
Athens, Georgia.— Alabama defeated Georgia 197.700 to 197.325, but Georgia had its best score of the 2017 season. The team raised their RQS from 196.820 to 196.930; and they leapfrogged Denver to take over 7th place in national rank.
The Gymdogs got a good start on vault, tying their best vault score of the season with a 49.275. Sydney Snead produced the top score and the event title with her second-straight 9.950 on vault. All six Gymdogs scored 9.800 or higher. Lauren Johnson and Rachel Dickson tied for second-best with a pair of 9.850s. Over on the uneven bars, Alabama seemed on fire, as a team posting a 49.400. Kiana Winston scored a 9.925 and Katie Bailey scored a 9.950.
Switching events for the second rotation, Georgia followed with their best uneven bars score this season: a 49.425. The rotation featured season highs from Rachel Schick (9.925), Sydney Snead (9.9), Morgan Reynolds (9.875), and Hayley Sanders (9.825). Over on the vault, Alabama’s Katie Bailey, and Maddi Desch had a pair of 9.875s; as a team Alabama scored a 49.275.
After the halfway point of the meet, Georgia was 0.025 ahead of Alabama. Going into the third rotation, George was on the balance beam and Alabama was on the floor exercise. Alabama would regain the lead in this rotation. The Crimson Tide put together a 49.500 on the floor exercise, while the Gymdogs had to settle for a 49.150 on the balance beam. The Gymdogs were led by a career-best from Vivi Babalis — a 9.900 — and they also received a 9.850 from Sabrina Vega, another 9.850 from Rachel Dickson, and a 9.825 from Hayley Sanders; however, Alabama was once again on fire. Their five counting scores all were 9.875 or higher. Kiana Winston led their charge with a 9.950.
In the fourth and final rotation, Georgia was on floor and Alabama was on the balance beam. Georgia received a trio of 9.875s from Morgan Reynolds, Sabrina Vega, and Sidney Snead. Rachel Dickson added a 9.900, and Gigi Marino added a 9.950. For the Crimson Tide, their counting five scores included nothing below a 9.875, with Nickie Guerrero posting a 9.950.
The all-around competition was won by Alabama’s Kiana Winston with a 39.650, followed by Gymdog Rachel Dickson with a 39.475 and Alabama’s Wynter Childers with a 39.425.
Next up for the Gymdogs will be their final dual meet of the 2017 season, which will be against the Utah Utes in the Stegeman Coliseum on March 11 at 4:00 p.m. Go Gymdogs!
Norman, Oklahoma.— Oklahoma defeated Georgia 197.675 to 196.925. Georgia increased their RQS from 196.735 to 196.820, which to my way of thinking is an important outcome. The Gymdogs were ranked #7 in the February 20 national ranking; and it is likely that Georgia will at a minimum hang onto that position. Whether they will get a higher rank depends on how other teams do this week. But they did a good job. Going up against the #1 team in the nation on their home floor is not an easy undertaking. See Oklahoma meet for more individual and team details.
The Gymdogs as a team earned a 49.125 in the first rotation, where they were on the uneven bars. Georgia received a 9.850 in the leadoff position. Loren Johnson added a 9.800; Sidney Snead added a 9.850; and Rachel Schick anchored with 9.875. Oklahoma, which started on the vault, received scores of 9.800 or above from all six of their competitors. Brenna Dowell was most notable when she posted a 9.950. As a team, Oklahoma scored a 49.400.
Switching evens for the second rotation, the Gymdogs earned a 49.175 as a team. Ashlyn Broussard contributed a 9.825; Beth Roberts added a 9.800; Rachel Dickson added a 9.850; and Sydney Snead added a 9.950, tying the highest vault score of Oklahoma. Oklahoma continued its strong performance as a team, led by McKenzie Wofford’s 9.950.
For the third rotation, the Gymdogs went to the floor exercise, and the Oklahoma Sooners went to the balance beam. Georgia got scores of 9.800 or higher from each competitor, earning a team score of 49.300. Most notable, Sabrina Vega and Rachel Dickson posted a pair of 9.875s; and Gigi Marino anchored with a 9.950, a new personal best for her. Over on the beam, the Sooners received a pair of 9.950s from AJ Jackson and Chayse Capps.
For the fourth and final rotation, the Gymdogs were on beam and the Sooners were on floor. Georgia continued to do well. Rachel Dickson and Vivi Babalis posted a pair of 9.875s, while Sabrina Vega and Ashlyn Broussard posted a pair of 9.900s. Georgia as a team scored a 49.325. Over on the floor exercise, the Sooners were also scoring a 49.325, led by a 9.950 from AJ Jackson. Oklahoma won the meet, but Georgia clearly has been starting to gel as a team.
The Sooners Chayse Capps won the individual all-around with a 39.475. Just slightly behind was the Gymdogs Rachel Dickson, who scored a 39.350. Coming up next for the Gymdogs is the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sunday, March 5th, at 2:00 p.m.
St. Charles, Missouri.— Oklahoma won the meet, LSU placed second, Georgia placed third, and Missouri placed fourth. There were two notable outcomes for the Gymdogs: (1) They raised their Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) from 196.050 to 196.735, a major improvement; and (2) Rachel Dickson had an all-around score of 39.550, which is a very good all-around score.
The Gymdogs were led by freshman Rachel Dickson, who produced her best scores of the season on beam (9.925) and bars (9.950). Senior Ashlyn Broussard tied her career high on beam (9.950), and junior Gigi Marino tied her career-best on floor (9.950).
Georgia began the meet on beam, posting a 49.425 in the first rotation for their best beam score of the season. Ashlyn Broussard tied her career high with a 9.950 and Rachel Dickson set a new career-best with a 9.925 to highlight the rotation. Sabrina Vega (9.825), Hayley Sanders (9.85), and Vivi Babalis (9.875) also made valuable contributions. After the first rotation, the Gymdogs were in second place, trailing only Oklahoma, while finishing ahead of LSU and Missouri.
The Gymdogs continued to do well in the second rotation, where they were on the floor exercise, producing a 49.450. Georgia closed strong in the event, highlighted by a 9.925 from Rachel Dickson and a 9.950 from Gigi Marino. All six Gymdogs scored 9.850 or higher in the event, keeping them in second place at the halfway point.
Moving to the vault for the third rotation, Georgia received a 49.000, led by 9.850s from Lauren Johnson and Sydney Snead. The Gymdogs fell to third place, being passed by LSU. Georgia stood with a 147.875 through three rotations, their best three-rotation score this season.
In the fourth and final rotation, the Gymdogs were on the uneven bars. As a team, they closed out the meet with a 49.100. The team was led by Sydney Snead (9.900) and Rachel Dickson (9.950). Morgan Reynolds, Lauren Johnson, Hayley Sanders, and Natalie Vaculik all scored in the 9.7s. Additional information on the Gymdogs and the three other teams can be found on a separate webpage.
Next up for the Gymdogs will be a dual meet against the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman Oklahoma, which will take place at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 24.
Gainesville, FL. — It was a good outing for the Gymdogs. They had a solid “away score” and that will help when the national rankings become based on Regional Qualifying Scores (RQSs) rather than on team average scores. Georgia has an RQS after the Florida meet: RQS = 196.060. Depending on how the Gymdogs do next week, they could get a significant boost in RQS, because they would not any longer have to count their lowest score of this season, against LSU. Anyway, more on that when the time comes.
Florida (ranked #3) defeated Georgia (ranked #9) 197.975 to 196.525. In the first rotation, Florida on vault scored 49.450, while Georgia on the uneven bars scored 49.100. The Gymdogs’ Morgan Reynolds, Lauren Johnson, Sydney Snead, and Rachel Dickson all put up scores of 9.8 or higher, with Sydney Snead’s 9.875 leading the way. Over on the vault, all six athletes scored 9.8 or higher, with Rachel Slocum’s 9.975 being the top score.
|Lauren Johnson has been giving strong
performances on vault and bars. Those help the team a lot.
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Switching events for the second rotation, the Gymdogs on vault received scores of 9.825 from Morgan Reynolds, Beth Roberts, and Rachel Dickson. Lauren Johnson posted a 9.850. The Gymdogs as a team scored another 49.100. On the uneven bars, the Gators also presented much the same story: this time a 49.575 as a team. Alex McMurtry scored a perfect 10.000 to lead the Gators.
For the third rotation, Georgia went to the floor exercise, while Florida went to the balance beam. Morgan Reynolds led off for the Gymdogs, posting a 9.875. Viewing her routine from the SEC Network presentation, it looked both entertaining and very competent. The judges get a closer look than TV spectators do, but I thought her routine was brilliant. Rachel Dickson also did a fine routine, and received the same score: 9.875. Vivi Babalis hit a 9.825; and Gigi Marino added a 9.800. The team as a group posted a 49.150. Meanwhile, over on the balance beam Florida as a group posted a 49.525. Their highest individual scores were a 9.925 from Rachel Gowey, and a 9.950 from Alex McMurtry.
For the fourth and final rotation, the two teams once again switched events, Georgia going to the balance beam and Florida going to the floor exercise. For Georgia, Sabrina Vega, Rachel Dickson, Vivi Babalis, and Rachel Schick posted scores of 9.8 or higher. Vivi Babalis deserves special mention for her 9.900. As a team, Georgia produced their best event score of the evening: a 49.175. That’s a nice way to finish! Over on the floor exercise, Amelia Hundley posted a 9.925 and Alicia Boren anchored with a nice 9.950.
Next up for the Gymdogs will be the GQ Invitational in St. Charles, Missouri. That is a quad meet, the four competing teams being Georgia, Missouri, LSU, and Oklahoma. St. Charles is about 640 miles from Athens, Georgia — quite a long trip. Anyway, Go Dogs! Keep up the good work!
Athens, GA. — The Georgia Gymdogs defeated 10th-ranked Kentucky by a final team score of 196.500 to 196.150 at Stegeman Coliseum, the Gymdogs home floor.
Georgia got off to a fast start in the first rotation, as Morgan Reynolds led the team on vault with a 9.875. The team also got a solid performance from Rachel Dickson (9.850) and a trio or 9.825s from Gigi Marino, Ashlyn Broussard, and Lauren Johnson. Over on the uneven bars, Kentucky was getting off to a relatively slow start, scoring 9.200 in the first spot, followed by three scores in the 9.7s. In the last two spots they received a 9.825 from Alex Hyland and a 9.850 from Mollie Korth. Georgia grabbed an early lead of 49.200 to 48.925.
|In her first appearance of the 2017 season,
Natalie Vaculik scored a 9.900 on the uneven bars, which tied
Rachel Dickson for the best bars performance of the night,
propelling the Gymdogs as a team to 49.275.
Photo credit: John Paul Van Wert
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Trading events for the second rotation, Georgia now on bars and Kentucky on vault, Hayley Sanders led off with a 9.800; and Morgan Reynolds added a 9.825. Natalie Vaculik hit a 9.900, as did Rachel Dickson; and Rachel Schick anchored with a 9.850, giving Georgia a team score of 49.275. On vault, Aubree Rose and Sidney Dukes produced a pair of 9.825s, and freshman Mollie Korth anchored with a 9.800. Kentucky, however, had to count a 9.700 and a 9.725. Their score as a team was 48.875. It’s notable that Gymdog Natalie Vaculik was performing for the first time this season — her 9.900 was a solid beginning!
For the third rotation, Georgia went to the balance beam and Kentucky went to the floor exercise. Georgia started out good, as Sabrina Vega led off with a solid 9.825. Morgan Reynolds in the third position also scored a 9.825. The rest of the lineup ran into difficulties, suffering a fall and three near-falls that resulted in major deductions. Meanwhile, Kentucky on the sloor exercise was picking up their game. Alex Hyland scored a 9.850; Katie Stuart added a 9.825; and Cori Rechenmacher and Sidney Dukes co tributed a pair of 9.800s. In this rotation, the Gymdogs scored 48.650 as a team; the Wildcats scored 49.025 as a team.
For the fourth and final rotation, Georgia took to the floor and Kentucky went to the beam. Kentucky seemed to be energized by their victory in the third rotation. To make a long story short, Cori Rechenmacher scored a 9.850; Katie Stuart added a 9.875; and Sidney Dukes and Alex Hyland added a pair of 9.925s, giving the Wildcats a 49.325 as a team. The team score was now close, but Georgia was determined to hang onto the victory. In the first position, Morgan Reynolds hit a 9.875. Vivi Babalis added a 9.850; Sabrina Vega hit a beautiful routine for a 9.900, the highest sloor exercise of the night; and Rachel Dickson and Gigi Marino scored a pair of 9.875s to insure their victory: Georgia 196.500, Kentucky 196.150.
In the individual all-around, the Gymdogs Morgan Reynolds won with a 39.400. She was asked to play a larger role in her senior season, and she has done it admirably. Kentucky had four all-arounders: Alex Hyland 39.300, Sidney Dukes 39.275, Katie Stuart 39.200, and Mollie Korth 39.100.
Coming up for the Gymdogs is a dual meet against the Florida Gators on Friday, February 10th, in Gainsville, Florida.
Athens, GA. — The Georgia Gymdogs and the Missouri Tigers met on Friday, January 27, in Stegeman Coliseum. The Gymdogs defeated the Tigers 197.075 to 196.075. Details on team and individual performances — both teams and all four rotations — can be found on a separate page. Here I will describe some of the important highlights of the meet as those unfolded.
In the first rotation, Georgia on the vault, the Gymdogs got off to a good start. In the first position, Ashlyn Broussard scored a 9.875. Morgan Reynolds, Beth Roberts, and Gigi Marino contributed a trio of 9.825s. Lauren Johnson added a 9.850; and Rachel Dickson hit a 9.900. Over on the uneven bars, the top scores were a pair of 9.800s from Shauna Miller and Becca Schugel. Georgia’s team score was 49.275; Missouri’s was 48.875. The Gymdogs thus built a cushion of 0.400 in the first rotation.
Switching events for the second rotation, Georgia on the uneven bars began with a 9.775 from Hayley Sanders, which was matched in the third position by Lauren Johnson. Morgan Reynolds contributed a 9.850; Rachel Dickson added a 9.925; and Rachel Schick added a 9.900. Georgia did not field a a full group of six gymnasts, so these five scores all counted, giving Georgia a team score of 49.225. Meanwhile, Missouri on the vault received a 9.875 from Becca Schugel and a 9.900 from Kennedi Harris. Madeleine Huber scored a 9.850; and their remaining athletes added a trio of 9.800s. Missouri’s team score was 49.125.
|Georgia’s Morgan Reynolds participated in
all four events for Georgia. Her all-around score
was a very solid 39.400.
Photo credit: John Paul Van Wert
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For the third rotation, Georgia was on the balance beam and Missouri was on the floor exercise. For Georgia, Morgan Reynolds led off with a solid 9.825. Hayley Sanders added a very nice 9.875. Ashlyn Broussard scored a solid 9.800; and Vivi Babalis added 9.825. As a team, the Gymdogs posted a 49.075. Over on the floor exercise, Madeleine Huber scored a 9.850; Becca Schugel added a 9.875; and, in the anchor position, Kennedi Harris posted a 9.900. As a team, the Tigers scored a 49.225, gaining back some the Gymdog’s cushion.
For the fourth and final rotation, Georgia took to the floor. Morgan Reynolds led off with a 9.900. Beth Roberts contributed a 9.850. In the third position, Rachel Dickson hit a near-perfect 9.950. Vivi Babalis added a 9.850; and Gigi Marino, in the fifth spot, hit a 9.950. As in the first rotation, Georgia did not field a full group of gymnasts; however, the five they did field gave them a team score of 49.500. Meanwhile, Missouri’s efforts on the balance beam produced five scores in the 9.7s. The highlight for Missouri was Britney Ward’s 9.900 in the anchor position. The Tigers’ team score in the fourth rotation was 48.850.
The individual all-around results were excellent for Georgia: Rachel Dickson took first place with a 39.525; Morgan Reynolds took second with a 39.400; and Missouri’s Aspen Tucker took third with a respectable 39.125.
Next up for the Gymdogs will be a dual meet with the Kentucky Wildcats in the Stegeman Coliseum on February 03 at 7:00 p.m. Keep up the good work, Gymdogs!
Georgia and Arkansas met on Friday, January 20, in Stegeman Coliseum. The Gymdogs took the victory, 196.225 to 195.050. Details on both team’s performances in all four rotations can be found in the compilations on a separate page.
In the first rotation, Georgia (on vault) got off to a solid start, lead by Rachel Dickson (9.850), Lauren Johnson (9.875), and Sydney Snead (9.900). Indeed, all their counting scores were 9.800 or above, giving them a team score of 49.250. Over on the uneven bars, Arkansas was struggling. Their highest score was a 9.750 by Braie Speed; and their team score was 48.425.
Switching events for the second rotation, both teams started slow. After three performances, the teams were essentially tied; however, in the fourth spot, Rachel Dictson scored a 9.850, followed by a pair of 9.825s from Rachel Schick and Sydney Snead. The Razorbacks received a 9.825 from Braie Speed and a 9.875 from Sydney McGlone; however, The Gymdogs as a team scored 48.975, while the Razorbacks as a team scored 48.800, which increased Georgia’s cumulative lead to 1.000, a full point.
For the third rotation, the Gymdogs went to the balance beam and Razorbacks went to the floor exercise. This rotation was the only one of the meet where Arkansas scored higher than Georgia — 48.800 to 48.725. For Georgia, Sabrina Vega led off with what looked like it would be given a very solid score by the judges. The awarded score was 9.800, but I was expecting a 9.850 or possibly even a 9.900. There must have been a deduction that was not obvious from where I was sitting. Hayley Sanders put up a 9.825 in the second position. In the third position, Sydney Snead received up a 9.575. The routine contained difficult elements and only a couple of minor balance checks. Again, the judges must have had reasons that weren’t patently obvious. Rachel Schick anchored with a solid 9.850 to help salvange a team score of 48.725. Over on the floor exercise, Samantha Nelson posted a 9.800 and Sydney McGlone added a 9.825. As a team, Arkansas scored 48.800.
Switching events once again, the Gymdogs went to the floor exercise. Morgan Reynolds and Sydney Snead produced a pair of 9.825s, and Vivi Babalis added a 9.850. Subrina Vega added a 9.875, and Gigi Marino in the anchor position scored a 9.900. For Arkansas on the balance beam, Sydney McGlone scored the highest beam score of the meet, a 9.900.
Sydney Snead score a 39.125 in the all-around to win it. Next up for Georgia will be another home meet, this one against the Missouri Tigers on Friday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m. Keep up the good work, Gymdogs!
Georgia and North Carolina State met on Monday, January 16, in Stegeman Coliseum. The Gymdogs took the victory, 196.875 to 194.800. Details can be found in the compilations on a separate page.
In the first rotation, Georgia was on vault and NC State was on the uneven bars. The Gymdogs got off to a fast start. Morgan Reynolds and Sydney Snead had career-best scores, scoring a 9.900 and a 9.950 respectively. Two 9.800s from Rachel Dickson and Gigi Marino kept the momentum going. Ashlyn Broussard and Lauren Johnson tied for the fifth position with a pair of 9.775s. Over on the uneven bars, Chelsea Knight scored a 9.875 in the anchor position; and the other counting scores were 9.750s. Georgia held a lead of 0.350 through one rotation.
Switching events for the second rotation, Lauren Johnson had a 9.800 and Rachel Dickson had a 9.850. Rachel Schick put up a 9.925, an excellent routine. The team as a group scored a 49.125. On vault, NC State was consistently in the 9.750 ± 0.250 range. Their team score was 48.750, making their cumulative score 97.625, compared with Georgia’s cumulative score of 98.350.
For the third rotation, NC State went to the floor exercise, and Georgia went to the balance beam. Georgia’s Ashlyn Broussard and Rachel Schick each surpassed the 9.8… level, with a 9.900 and a 9.925, respectively, in the event. The Gymdogs also debuted Hayley Sanders with her first routine on the balance beam, and she posted a 9.775 in a performance that could have been larger if a couple of minor glitches had not occurred. Over on the floor exercise, NC State’s Paris Phillips scored a 9.875 in the anchor position, leading the Wolfpack to a team score of 48.875. Georgia produced team score of 49.225, almost assuring that they would finish the meet victorious.
In the fourth and final rotation, the Gymdogs produced their best floor exercise routine of the 2017 season. Morgan Reynolds, Beth Roberts, Vivi Babalis, and Gigi Marino all scored 9.825s. Sabrina Vega added a 9.925, and Sydney Snead added a 9.900, giving the Gymdogs their team score of 49.300. Over on the balance beam, Caitlyn Fillard and Amanda Fillard scored a pair of 9.725s, and Chelsea Knight scored a 9.750. But the Wolfpack had to count two low scores; and their team score was only a 48.300, dropping them another full point behind the Gymdogs.
In the individual all-around, Sydney Snead took home the top honor with a 39.400. NC State’s Chelsea Knight scored a 39.100; Paris Phillips scored a 39.000; and Maggie Tamburro scored a 38.300. Sydney Snead has produced solid all-around performances in each of Georgia’s three meets.
The Gymdogs next meet comes up very soon — on Friday, the 20th of January, at 7:00 p.m. Keep up the good work, Gymdogs!
Georgia and Auburn, at least on paper, are quite evenly matched. In the preseason coaches’ poll, Auburn was ranked 8th in the nation with a score of 1918; and Georgia was ranked 9th in the nation with a score of 1910. That is about as close any two teams could be. Auburn will have the home floor advantage, but being at home or away is not nearly as important as preparation and determination to do well.
It was a hard-fought meet; however, when the final tally was made, the Gymdogs had prevailed over the Tigers, 196.800 to 196.075.
In the first rotation, the Auburn Tigers were on the vault and the Georgia Gymdogs were on the uneven bars. The Gymdogs got off to a very good start. Notable contributors included Hayley Sanders (9.800), Morgan Reynolds (9.825), Lauren Johnson (9.875), and Rachel Schick (9.875). Each gave a strong performance to start the meet. As of that weren’t enough, Sydney Snead anchored with 9.900, matching her career high. Meanwhile, Auburn was struggling a bit, although Gracie Day scored a 9.850 and MJ Rott anchored with a 9.800. After one rotation, Georgia led 49.275 to 48.900.
Georgia added to its lead in the second rotation with another 49.275 as a team on the vault. Sydney Snead and Lauren Johnson led the way for the Gymdogs in this event with a pair of 9.875s. Gigi Marino and Rachel Dickson both scored 9.850s, and Ashlyn Broussard added a 9.825, giving the visiting Gymdogs a 98.550 team score. Over on the uneven bars, the Tigers were accumulating a team score of 49.125, giving them a cumulative team score of 48.025 at the halfway point.
In the third rotation, the Auburn Tigers were on the balance beam and the Georgia Gymdogs were on the floor exercise. For Georgia, Morgan Reynolds led off with a routine that looked on television like it would be awarded a high score. The judges gave it a 9.775, which means that there must have been little glitches in her routine that were not evident in the SEC Network television coverage. Anyway, it was a basically good beginning. Vivi Babalis, Sabrina Vega, and Sydney Snead added a trio of 9.800s; and Gigi Marino anchored with a 9.850. Over on the uneven bars, the Tigers score in the 9.7s four times and Emma Slappey added a 9.800. After three rotations, Georgia led Auburn 147.575 to 196.850, giving them a cushion of 0.725 as they headed into the fourth and final rotation.
The balance beam, however, has been the Gymdogs weakest event; and the floor exercise has been a strong event for the Tigers. But the Gymdogs were determined to not let that cushion slip away. Sabrina Vega lead off with a 9.825. Sydney Snead contributed a 9.875; Ashlyn Broussard added a 9.825; and Vivi Babalis added a 9.800. In the anchor position, Rachel Schick sealed the victory with a 9.900. Meanwhile, the Tigers received a pair of 9.850s from Katie Becker and Emma Slappey; and RJ Rott anchored for them with a 9.950. The two teams fought to a stalemate in the fourth rotation; but Georgia’s cushion secured the victory. More detail can be found in the compilations on a separate page.
Next up for the Gymdogs will be a meet against North Carolina State on January 16, 2017 (Martin Luther King Day) in Stegeman Coliseum, i.e., on Georgia’s home floor. This will be the Gymdogs first home meet of the season. The action will begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Keep up the good work, Gymdogs!
Baton Rouge, LA. — Georgia fell to LSU on the road in LSU’s Maravich Center, 197.825 to 193.600. This was not the outcome the team and its supporters had hoped for; however, there were some encouraging signs.
In the first rotation, the Gymdogs were on the uneven bars, and LSU was on the vault. LSU had its best rotation of the night — a team score of 49.525. Except for a few little glitches, Georgia could have been in that league. Morgan Reynolds, Rachel Dickson, Rachel Schick, and Sydney Snead all were at 9.7 or higher. Sydney Snead anchored with a 9.875. The Gymdog’s team score of 48.700 could easily be in the 49’s when they work out some small errors.
In the second rotation, Georgia went to the vault and LSU went to the uneven bars. The story was much the same. Ashlyn Broussard, Morgan Reynolds, Lauren Johnson, Rachel Dickson, and Sydney Snead all scored in the 9.7’s or above. Again, Sydney Snead anchored with a 9.875. The small errors are correctable. LSU did pull further away, however, posting a team score of 49.375, while Georgia posted a 48.850.
|Rachel Dickson competed on three events in the
meet against LSU.
Photo Credit: Stephen Lew - USA TODAY Sports
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For the third rotation, the Gymdogs were on the floor, while LSU was on the balance beam. Morgan Reynolds led off for Georgia with a 9.800. Beth Roberts added a 9.750; Sabrina Vega contributed a 9.775; and Gigi Marino added a 9.825. Sydney Snead had her only notable mistake of the night, but still contributed a 9.675. The Gymdog’s team score of 48.825 lost further ground to LSU’s 49.450, yet Georgia still was in the ballgame.
For the fourth and final rotation, Georgia moved to the balance beam, while LSU moved to the floor exercise. For Georgia to win the meet, LSU would have to make some mistakes and Georgia would have to have their best rotation of the night. Georgia’s cumulative score after three rotations was 146.375. If the Gymdogs scored a 49.000 on the balance beam, they would finish with a score of 195.375 — not their best, but not bad for a first meet in front of a somewhat hostile audience. However, they had four individual scores of 9.500 or lower, three of which had to count. Sabrina Vega contributed a 9.625 and Sydney Snead added a 9.800. As a team, the Gymdogs finished the fourth rotation with a 47.225, while LSU finished with 49.475.
The individual all-around results were: LSU’s Myia Hambrick in first place with a 39.575; LSU’s Ashleigh Gnat with a 39.525; and Georgia’s Sydney Snead with a 39.225. Sydney Snead has impressive routines in all four events. It’s almost inevitable that Sydney will be among the best in the nation. She has the potential!
For more complete results for both teams, see the compilations on a separate page. The Gymdogs will return to action on January 13 against the Auburn Tigers in Auburn Alabama.
The example I will use is the Gymdogs up through the Utah meet on March 11, 2017. (Note that for NCAA purposes, conference meets are considered to be regular season events.)
Unlike in baseball, basketball, or football, won-lost records don’t count for much in gymnastics. In fact, regular season W-L records don’t count at all. The way women’s collegiate gymnastics is structured, Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) is the only important criterion prior to the NCAA Regional meets in early April. After that, placing higher than the competition does matter, becoming crucial for advancement (if all goes well) to the NCAA National Championships meet, and then (if all continues to go well) to the Super Six Team Finals. Competing successfully against other teams matters in the post-season tournaments, but the focus before NCAA tournament time should be raising RQS as much as possible, which requires scoring well in “away” meets, as well as at home. Some key information about the Gym Dogs’ season after the Utah meet on March 11 is summarized below. Let us begin with the full set of Georgia meets and the relevant information from them:
Date Score Venue Opponent ----------------------------------- 01-06-2017 193.600 A LSU 01-13-2017 196.800 A Auburn 01-16-2017 196.875 H NC State 01-20-2017 196.225 H Arkansas 01-27-2017 197.075 H Missouri 02-03-2017 196.500 H Kentucky 02-10-2017 196.525 A Florida 02-17-2017 196.975 A Quad Meet 02-24-2017 196.925 A Oklahoma 03-05-2017 197.325 H Alabama 03-11-2017 197.250 H Utah 03-18-2017 196.700 A SEC Champs
Georgia had twelve meets up through their meet with SEC teams, six “away” meets (A) and six “home” meets (H).
We focus our attention on the “away” meets (A); and we rank-order them from the highest score to the lowest score. The top three are the ones we will need to determine Georgia’s RQS. Those are:
Date Score Venue Opponent ----------------------------------- 02-17-2017 196.975 A Quad Meet 02-24-2017 196.925 A Oklahoma 01-13-2017 196.800 A Auburn
We focus our attention on the remaining meets, including both “away” meets (A) and “home” meets (H). We rank-order those and then select the top three. The top three are:
Date Score Venue Opponent ----------------------------------- 03-05-2017 197.325 H Alabama 03-11-2017 197.250 H Utah 01-27-2017 197.075 H Missouri
From those six meets, we identify the largest score and delete it from the group of six. That score is from the Georgia-Alabama meet: 197.325. The five remaining scores are averaged to give us our RQS:
|196.975 + 196.925 + 196.800 + 197.250 + 197.075|
The sum in the numerator (985.025), divided by five, is 985.025 ÷ 5 = 197.005. Thus, Georgia’s RQS (as of March 11) is 197.005, which puts Georgia in the #8 spot in national rank. There are seven RQSs ahead of Georgia, and seventy-four RQSs behind them. (Altogether, there are 82 women’s collegiate gymnastics programs in the United States.) At this point, Georgia will easily qualify for an NCAA Regional meet; but their seeding, and the seeding of the teams they will compete against, are very uncertain.
Clearly, RQS is a very important measure of team performance; and often the differences among teams come down to their performances on the road. Georgia’s goal as they prepared for the SEC Championship should have been to raise their RQS. Wins and losses are less important than RQS improvements — although wins are always nice!
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Regional Assignments. — If the NCAA uses its “first approximation” guidelines for making assignments of qualifying gymnastics teams to the 6 NCAA Regionals, then Florida, Georgia, and Missouri will be assigned to the same Regional. Since Florida is one of the six Regional hosts, it is very likely that Florida, Georgia, and Missouri will take part in the Gainesville Regional at 4:00 p.m. on April 01. The venue will be the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville. The committee may deviate from its usual procedures, due to extenuating circumstances. We will find out when the NCAA’s official announcements are made toward the end of the day on March 20th.
Update. About 1½ days after the paragraph above was written, the NCAA announced that the NCAA Regional where Georgia is going is the Gainesville Regional. The full list of teams is: Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, Penn State, and North Carolina.
The ranking of teams in the early part of the season are based their average meet scores. When teams have had only a few meets, those averages may be misleading, because idiosyncratic factors can play a big role. The ranking becomes more meaningful starting on Monday, February 20, 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. Nonetheless, average scores provide a rough sense of which teams are doing well and thus 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.
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Is a 9.850 on vault today the same as a 9.850 on vault ten years ago? The answer is NO! Every few years, the NCAA makes significant changes in the code used to score women’s gymnastics. If we go back in time a generation or so, the collegiate code was borrowed from the scoring code used by USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Level 10. Since then, however, there have been many changes. At first the changes were intended to loosen up the scoring standards, making collegiate gymnastics scores considerably higher than Level 10 scores. More recently, the changes sometimes have increased the average scores, and sometimes have decreased the average scores. That is true for vault, bars, beam, and floor. Committees make scoring code modifications, and those affect scores.
Since the absolute value of a score (e.g., 9.850) depends in part on the decisions of a committee, not merely on the performance of a gymnast, there are times when we would like to replace the absolute value of a score with the comparative value of that score: how good is the score in comparison with the scores obtained by other athletes?
In many areas where performance matters, if you know that your score is, say, in the 90th percentile, that means you did better than 90% of the people who also performed in that area. That is more meaningful than just giving your average score or your RQS. Can we translate individual RQSs into percentile ranks? Yes. The most commonly used formula is the following:
|C𝓁 + 0.5 f𝒾|
In that formula, c𝓁 is the number of scores that are less than the score of interest; f𝒾 is the frequency of the score of interest; and N is the total number of scores that are relevant.
Let’s consider Gigi Marino’s percentile rank on the floor exercise. Her floor-RQS is 9.930. There are 458 collegiate gymnasts that have floor-RQSs that are lower than hers. She and four other gymnasts are tied at 9.930, i.e., the frequency of the score of interest is 5. And the total number of gymnasts who have floor-RQSs is 471.
Let’s now put those numbers into the formula. The numerator of the fraction is 458 + (0.5 × 5), which is 460.5. When that is divided by 471, we get 0.9777. And multiplying that number by 100 gives us a percentile rank of ≈ 97.8% — a percentile rank near the top. The beauty of percentile rank is that it tells us how an athlete has performed relative to the performances of others in a pool of performers in that event. That is more meaningful than a measure of performance that stands alone, without any comparisons to help us interpret it.
It might be added that if the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Scoring Committee were to change the scoring code so that scores were increased by (say) 10% — or decreased by 10% or any other percentage — the percentile ranks would remain exactly the same. And that’s how it should be.
|Last year’s Gymdogs hit their stride in the second half
of the season, finishing 6th in the nation. They lost their three
most accomplished athletes — seniors Brandie Jay, Brittany
Rogers, and Mary Beth Box — but they added freshmen Rachel
Dickson, Jordyn Pedersen, and Sabrina Vega.
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Monday, October 10, 2016.— What is the prognosis for the Gymdogs in the upcoming 2017 season? That is impossible to say with certainty. But I can offer the beginning of an answer. We know that the team relied heavily on three athletes who finished their four years of eligibility last season. Of the returning athletes, the most consistently good performers were: on the vault, Gigi Marino, Sydney Snead, and Ashlyn Broussard; on the uneven bars, Sydney Snead, Rachel Schick, and Natalie Vaculik; on the balance beam, Ashlyn Broussard; and on the floor exercise, Gigi Marino and Sydney Snead.
Clearly there are gaps to be filled — 15 of them. Morgan Reynolds might help in filling those. Morgan was the J.O. Level 10 Georgia all-around champion in 2011, which means that she probably could perform well on all four events for Georgia. In her freshman and sophomore years, she was regularly in the lineup on vault, balance beam, and floor exercise. In her junior year, she was sidelined for the first 9 meets by a medical condition; but she was back in action for the last 6 meets, and helped the Gymdogs to garner a 6th place finish at the NCAA Championship. She could be in the lineup for Georgia on three or four events, which would help a lot as the coaches seek productive lineups.
Rachel Dickson, Jordyn Pedersen, and Sabrina Vega would be good bets to fill most, if not all, of the remaining gaps. If they are given the chance, each could be an all-arounder. In the past, returning athletes such as Kat Ding and Lindsey Cheek have shone more brightly than ever in their senior seasons. If something like that were to happen again — say from Lauren Johnson — it would strengthen the team and be very welcome. If Vivi Babalis (a junior) could find more consistency, that also would strengthen the team. There may be factors that I have overlooked, or factors that I have no way of knowing, but I present these thoughts as a reasonable first approximation.
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|This year’s Gymdogs will be losing five athletes
currently on their roster. Next year they will be adding five new
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