Gym Dogs fall to Oklahoma in season opener

NORMAN, Okla. — The eighth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team fell to No. 3 Oklahoma 197.700-196.500 in the teams’ season opener on Friday.

Despite the loss, it was Georgia’s 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.

“I’m really proud of the team, and I told them that,” Georgia coach Danna Durante said in a release. “We didn’t 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’m still proud of them and pleased with the way we performed tonight.”

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’s second 9.9 of the night.

“We weren’t in a bad spot at the halfway point, and we were on track for a 197,” Durante said. “Even 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.”

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’s 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’s season-opening road trip continues as the Gym Dogs will travel to Stanford for a 5 p.m. meet on Sunday.

Team Results

1. Oklahoma — 197.700 (VT — 49.475, UB — 49.35, BB — 49.375, FX — 49.5)

2. Georgia — 196.500 (VT — 49.25, UB — 49.250 , BB — 48.975, FX — 49.025)

Georgia’s Individual Results

Vault

Ashlyn Broussard — 9.75; Chelsea Davis — 9.75; Cat Hires — 9.85; Brandie Jay — 9.9; Lindsey Cheek — 9.9; Brittany Rogers — 9.85

Bars

Brandie Jay — 9.775; Cat Hires — 9.725; Kiera Brown — 9.825; Lindsey Cheek — 9.9; Brittany Rogers — 9.85; Chelsea Davis — 9.9

Beam

Ashlyn Broussard — 9.85; Morgan Reynolds — 9.775; Mary Beth Box — 9.7; Brittany Rogers — 9.875; Lindsey Cheek — 9.775; Kaylan Earls — 9.225

Floor

Kaylan Earls — 9.825; Cat Hires — 9.85; Morgan Reynolds — 9.725; Ashlyn Broussard — 9.775; Brittany Rogers — 9.8; Brandie Jay — 9.775

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