AUGUSTA, Ga. --- The 17th-ranked Georgia gymnastics team posted its best road scores of the season on beam and floor to contribute to a team total of 195.825 at Elevate the Stage, a quad meet held in Augusta with No. 16 Nebraska, No. 26 Stanford, and No. 33 Illinois.
The GymDogs finished fourth, behind Nebraska (196.700), Stanford (195.925), and Illinois (195.900), after competing in Olympic order- first on vault, and then bars, beam and floor, respectively.
Georgia was led by junior Sydney Snead and sophomore Rachel Dickson, who both tied their season-high scores on beam after scoring a 9.925. Dickson's beam score is her best on the road this season. Sophomore Sabrina Vega earned her career-high score of 9.975 in the anchor position on floor after receiving a 10 from one of the judges.
"It was a great podium set up and the team really enjoyed it," head coach Courtney Kupets Carter said. "It was a fun competition and they stayed with it. We started on vault and had to count a fall there, but we came back strong even though we didn't get the score we wanted. Beam is one of the highlights with 9.925s from Sydney (Snead) and Rachel (Dickson) and then just building from there."
Georgia started the meet on vault, posting a 48.200 in the first rotation. Dickson and Lauren Johnson earned the team-high scores of 9.800.
Georgia claimed a 49.200 on bars. Freshman Emily Schild increased her personal best with a 9.775. Dickson tied her season high with a 9.900, which is her best outside of Stegeman Coliseum for 2018.
The GymDogs received a 49.200 on beam, headlined by 9.925s from Dickson and Snead. Freshman Marissa Oakley had her best road score of the season with a 9.825. Vega closed the rotation with a 9.875.
Georgia finished strong with a 49.225 on floor, headlined by a 9.975 from Vega. Snead and Dickson earned matching scores of 9.850.
"I think she was about to tear up," Kupets Carter said about Vega earning a 10 from one of the judges. "It's been a goal for her and for a judge to give you a 10 is really exciting. It was a nice touch to the end of the meet."
Georgia returns home to Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday, March 10 for its home finale against Boise State. The meet will start at 4 p.m. and serve as Senior Day for six GymDogs.
Nebraska- 196.700 (VT-49.150, UB- 49.300, BB- 49.250, FX- 49.00)
Stanford- 195.925 (VT-48.900, UB- 48.900, BB- 49.150, FX- 48.975)
Illinois- 195.900 (VT-48.550, UB- 49.175, BB- 49.225, FX- 48.950)
Georgia- 195.825 (VT-48.200, UB- 49.200, BB- 49.200, FX- 49.225)