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GymDogs fall to Minnesota in NCAA Regionals

20 days ago
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ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia GymDogs gymnastics team fell to No. 8 seed Minnesota (197.625) and No. 9 seed Denver Friday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia finished third overall with a 196.750 -196.375 win over Oregon State to conclude the 2021 season.

"We knew it was going to be a tough first-round session, so we knew we had to come in and be very focused," head coach Courtney Kupets Carter said. "I had a lot of faith in this team. Our goal was to make it through, and that is what our intention was coming in and the focus from the team, and you could just see a lot of jitters. We haven't competed in about a month and were just getting back out there, but I saw so much fight, so much heart from our girls. I truly believe that sometimes you need to be kicked down a little bit to really find that heart and motivation, and it just drives you, so that is what we are going to use for next year. I saw so much in our team this year that I am so proud of, and I saw so much today and am so proud of them."

The GymDogs began competition on floor, where Georgia scored its highest mark of the day with a 49.275. Soraya Hawthorne performed to a team-best of 9.900 in the event. Rachel Baumann helped boost Georgia's score with a 9.875, while Megan Roberts added a 9.850. Rounding out the first rotation for the GymDogs were Sterlyn Austin and Alyssa Perez-Lugones, who each added a 9.825.

On vault, Roberts led the charge for Georgia after propelling herself to a 9.925. Three GymDogs - Baumann, Hawthorne and Lukacs - scored 9.800 apiece. Abbey Ward capped the second rotation score with a 9.750.

Haley de Jong and Marissa Oakley each scored 9.875 to lead the GymDogs in the third rotation on bars. Once again, three GymDogs added 9.825 apiece thanks to performances by Roberts, Katie Finnegan, and Emily Schild.

Wrapping up competition on beam, Georgia's Baumann led the team with a 9.900 followed by Magee's 9.875. A pair of 9.850 scores from de Jong and Oakley, along with Victoria Nguyen's 9.700, helped to push the GymDogs' final score to 196.750 and conclude competition.

FINAL RESULTS

MINNESOTA: 197.625 (VT-49.525, UB-49.250, BB-49.350, FX-49.500)

DENVER: 196.775 (VT-49.150, UB-48.975, BB-49.225, FX-49.425)

GEORGIA: 196.750 (VT-49.075, UB-49.225, BB-49.175, FX-49.275)

OREGON STATE: 196.375 (VT: 49.175, UB-48.725, BB-49.075, FX-49.400)

VAULT- 49.075

Megan Roberts: 9.925

Rachel Baumann: 9.800

Soraya Hawthorne: 9.800

Rachael Lukacs: 9.800

Abbey Ward: 9.750

Mikayla Magee: 9.275

BARS- 49.225

Haley de Jong: 9.875

Marissa Oakley: 9.875

Katie Finnegan: 9.825

Emily Schild: 9.825

Megan Roberts: 9.825

Victoria Nguyen: 9.800

BEAM- 49.175

Rachel Baumann: 9.900

Mikayla Magee: 9.875

Haley de Jong: 9.850

Marissa Oakley: 9.850

Victoria Nguyen: 9.700

Emily Schild: 9.575

FLOOR- 49.275

Soraya Hawthorne: 9.900

Rachel Baumann: 9.875

Megan Roberts: 9.850

Sterlyn Austin: 9.825

Alyssa Perez-Lugones: 9.825

Mikayla Magee: 9.700