BIRMINGHAM, ALA. | The Georgia gymnastics team wrapped up competition at the NCAA championships as three Gym Dogs competed a total of six times in the individual event finals at the BJCC Arena.
Lindsey Cheek was the runner-up on beam with a 9.9, and she tied for sixth on vault (9.9167) and bars (9.85). The senior from Watkinsville and Oconee County graduate was in the lead until Oklahoma‚Äôs Taylor Spears claimed first with a 9.925 in the final routine of the day. Sophomore Mary Beth Box tied for third on beam with a 9.8875.
Brandie Jay finished 11th on vault and 12th on floor with scores of 9.85 and 9.7875, respectively.
Sunday‚Äôs competition featured six judges on each event, and the high and low scores were dropped and the middle four scores averaged.
‚ÄúThis was a very good day,‚Äù Georgia coach Danna Durante said in a release. ‚ÄúCheek stole the show, competing on three events all weekend and made first team All-American on all three events and finished in the top-six on all three. I don‚Äôt know how you script it any better for a senior. She was very close to winning a national championship on beam. And for Mary Beth to come in here and rock her set and finish third ‚Äì that‚Äôs pretty awesome.‚Äù
In addition to Spears, other event winners included LSU‚Äôs Rheagan Courville and Arkansas‚Äô Katherine Grable on vault (9.975), Florida‚Äôs Bridget Sloan on bars (9.9375), and Grable on floor (9.9625). Alabama‚Äôs Kim Jacob won the all-around with a 39.625 on Friday.
By placing in the top four of the NCAA prelims on Friday, Cheek, Box and Jay earned first team All-America honors and spots in Sunday‚Äôs competition. Three Gym Dogs earned second team honors: Chelsea Davis on bars and Cat Hires and Box on floor.