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No. 14 UGA takes down No. 23 Missouri 197.000-195.850

105 days ago
Georgia Athletics

ATHENS, Ga. - Led by career high performances from six gymnasts, the No. 14 Georgia GymDogs defeated the No. 23 Missouri Tigers 197.000- 195.850 in front of a capacity crowd at Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia posted its highest team score under first-year head coach Courtney Kupets Carter, becoming only the eighth school to collect a 197-point outing this season. The GymDogs also earned season-topping scores of 49.375 on beam and 149.325 on bars, which is the best Georgia performance in beam and bars in the same meet since 2014 against Iowa.

Georgia outscored Missouri in vault, beam, and bars. Sophomore Rachel Dickson capped a career day, winning the all-around title with a career- high score of 39.625. Junior Sydney Snead matched her all-around career-high (39.525).

Dickson and Snead tied for the event title on vault and floor, both scoring a 9.85 and a 9.95 for the events, respectively. Dickson and freshman Marissa Oakley tied for the event title on bars with scores of 9.9. Dickson earned the high score of the day on beam (9.925).

"Their confidence has been growing," Kupets Carter said. "We have seen that just within themselves. I think this will do wonders for them, even with the small mistakes we had, the energy did not stop. Everything we have talked about all week just kept flowing. That is what makes today so special. Yes it was a win and a 197, all of those things that are amazing in gymnastics, but their fight after those mistakes made me so proud."

The GymDogs (2-3, 2-2) started the meet with sophomore Sabrina Vega posting a new career-high on vault with a 9.8. Georgia continued to post impressive numbers with Dickson (9.85) and Snead (9.85) both tying their season-highs. Overall Georgia posted a 49.100 on vault.

Oakley had an impressive performance on bars, posting a career-high of 9.9. Dickson added another 9.9, marking a new season-high while senior Lauren Johnson tied her season-high of 9.8 as well. Sophomore Jordyn Pedersen scored a 9.85 notching a new career- high as well, contributing to a season-high team score of 49.325 on bars. At the mid-point of the meet, Georgia led the Tigers 98.425 to 97.950.

On beam, the GymDogs posted a season event-high with a 49.375. Oakley and senior Jasmine Arnold set new career-highs with respective scores of 9.875 and 9.7. Dickson (9.925) and Vega (9.9) also contributed 9.9's or better.

Heading into the final event of the afternoon, the GymDogs led the Tigers (1-3, 1-3) by one point, 147.800 to 146.800. Snead headlined floor for Georgia, receiving a 10 from one of the judges and setting a new career-high of 9.95. Dickson followed with a similar 9.95 while Vega added a 9.925, enabling Georgia to seal the Missouri victory, 197.000 to 195.850.

"It is hard to focus individually because this is such a team sport," Dickson said. "After that meet all I am thinking about is how well my team did. Our first 197 of the season, some of the highest scores all season after a long week. Now we are going to have such high confidence going into Kentucky."

The GymDogs return to action on February 9 against Kentucky at 7 p.m. in Lexington.

FINAL RESULTS:

Georgia- 197.000 (VT- 49.100, UB- 49.325, BB- 49.375, FX- 49.200)

Vault: 49.100

Sabrina Vega: 9.800

Marissa Oakley: 9.775

Rachel Dickson: 9.850

Lauren Johnson: 9.825

Sydney Snead: 9.850

Bars: 49.325

Lauren Johnson: 9.800

Marissa Oakley: 9.900

Natalie Vaculik: 9.750

Sydney Snead: 9.850

Rachel Dickson: 9.900

Jordyn Pedersen: 9.850

Beam: 49.375

Sydney Snead: 9.850

Marissa Oakley: 9.875

Jasmine Arnold: 9.700

Vivi Babalis: 9.825

Rachel Dickson: 9.925

Sabrina Vega: 9.900

Floor: 49.200

Jasmine Arnold: 9.550

Vivi Babalis: 9.825

Sydney Snead: 9.950

Rachel Dickson: 9.950

Sabrina Vega: 9.925