NORMAN, Okla. ‚Äî The eighth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team fell to No. 3 Oklahoma 197.700-196.500 in the teams‚Äô season opener on Friday.
Despite the loss, it was Georgia‚Äôs highest score in a road opener since 2009.
Lindsey Cheek began her senior season with a pair of 9.9s on vault and bars, and Brandie Jay and Chelsea Davis also scored 9.9s on vault and bars, respectively. Brittany Rogers turned in a 39.375 in the all-around.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm really proud of the team, and I told them that,‚Äù Georgia coach Danna Durante said in a release. ‚ÄúWe didn‚Äôt come away with the win, but there were a lot of positives. It was the highest score in a road opener in five years. They competed well, but we were nervous. But I‚Äôm still proud of them and pleased with the way we performed tonight.‚Äù
Oklahoma (1-0) jumped out to an early lead with a 49.475 on vault, while Georgia (0-1) scored a 49.250 on bars. Cheek and Davis each had a 9.9, while Rogers added a 9.85.
The Sooners extended their lead by a 10th of a point in the second rotation. Oklahoma turned in a 49.35 for a 98.825 team total, and the Gym Dogs posted a second straight 49.25 on vault for a 98.5 at the halfway point. Jay earned a 9.9 in the No. 4 spot, followed by Cheek‚Äôs second 9.9 of the night.
‚ÄúWe weren‚Äôt in a bad spot at the halfway point, and we were on track for a 197,‚Äù Durante said. ‚ÄúEven when you look back at the routines for those events, we gave a lot away on landings, but we were pleased with the way it started.‚Äù
Oklahoma used a 49.375 on beam in the third rotation to stretch its lead to 148.200-147.525. Georgia scored a 49.025 on floor, and Cat Hires had the team‚Äôs highest score with a 9.85.
Georgia closed the meet with a 48.975 on beam, while Oklahoma scored a 49.5 on floor.
Three freshmen competed for the first time in their Georgia careers as Ashlyn Broussard, Kiera Brown and Morgan Reynolds performed a total of six routines. Lauren Johnson also performed a vault exhibition.
Georgia‚Äôs season-opening road trip continues as the Gym Dogs will travel to Stanford for a 5 p.m. meet on Sunday.
1. Oklahoma ‚Äî 197.700 (VT ‚Äî 49.475, UB ‚Äî 49.35, BB ‚Äî 49.375, FX ‚Äî 49.5)
2. Georgia ‚Äî 196.500 (VT ‚Äî 49.25, UB ‚Äî 49.250 , BB ‚Äî 48.975, FX ‚Äî 49.025)
Georgia‚Äôs Individual Results
Ashlyn Broussard ‚Äî 9.75; Chelsea Davis ‚Äî 9.75; Cat Hires ‚Äî 9.85; Brandie Jay ‚Äî 9.9; Lindsey Cheek ‚Äî 9.9; Brittany Rogers ‚Äî 9.85
Brandie Jay ‚Äî 9.775; Cat Hires ‚Äî 9.725; Kiera Brown ‚Äî 9.825; Lindsey Cheek ‚Äî 9.9; Brittany Rogers ‚Äî 9.85; Chelsea Davis ‚Äî 9.9
Ashlyn Broussard ‚Äî 9.85; Morgan Reynolds ‚Äî 9.775; Mary Beth Box ‚Äî 9.7; Brittany Rogers ‚Äî 9.875; Lindsey Cheek ‚Äî 9.775; Kaylan Earls ‚Äî 9.225
Kaylan Earls ‚Äî 9.825; Cat Hires ‚Äî 9.85; Morgan Reynolds ‚Äî 9.725; Ashlyn Broussard ‚Äî 9.775; Brittany Rogers ‚Äî 9.8; Brandie Jay ‚Äî 9.775