2 Gym Dogs fall on beam in loss to Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Fifth-ranked Georgia led No. 7 Alabama after each of the first three rotations, but the Crimson Tide rallied to win, 197.500-196.825 Friday in front of 12,318 fans at Coleman Coliseum.

The Crimson Tide (4-2, 4-1 SEC) scored a 49.625 on floor in the final rotation, while UGA (3-4, 2-2 SEC) had to count a fall on beam.

“We need to figure out how to close the deal,” Georgia coach Danna Durante said in a release. “We are a group of fighters, and we aren’t fighting hard enough. I like the energy on the first three events, and floor continues to get better and better. We have an amazing team with great athletes, and we need to be able to compete with four strong events.”

Georgia opened the meet with a 49.4 on bars. Kiera Brown led the team with a 9.925 to tie for first followed by a pair of 9.9s by Brittany Rogers and Chelsea Davis to end the rotation. Alabama posted a 49.3 on vault.

The Gym Dogs maintained their lead in the second rotation with a 49.3 on vault. Brandie Jay turned in a 9.9 in the No. 4 position, and Rogers added a 9.875 as the anchor. Alabama cut into the Georgia lead with a 49.35 on bars. At the halfway point, UGA led 98.700-98.650.

Both teams scored a 49.225 in the third rotation – Georgia on floor and Alabama on beam. Morgan Reynolds and Mary Beth Box led the Gym Dogs with a pair of 9.875s.

Despite two falls by the Gym Dogs in the beam lineup, Kaylan Earls tied her career high with a 9.95, and Lindsey Cheek placed second with a 9.925.

Rogers won her third all-around title of the season with a 39.450.

The Gym Dogs will be back in action Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. when Missouri visits Stegeman Coliseum for the annual Pink Meet.

Team Results
1. Alabama – 197.500 (VT – 49.3, UB – 49.35, BB – 49.225, FX – 49.625)
2. Georgia – 196.825 (VT – 49.3, UB – 49.4, BB – 48.9, FX – 49.225)

Georgia’s Individual Results
Chelsea Davis – 9.825, Ashlyn Broussard – 9.85, Cat Hires – 9.85, Brandie Jay – 9.9, Lindsey Cheek – 9.8, Brittany Rogers – 9.875

Brandie Jay – 9.825, Cat Hires – 9.825, Kiera Brown – 9.925, Lindsey Cheek – 9.85, Brittany Rogers – 9.9, Chelsea Davis – 9.9

Mary Beth Box – 9.875, Ashlyn Broussard – 8.4, Brittany Rogers – 9.85, Sarah Persinger – 9.3, Lindsey Cheek – 9.925, Kaylan Earls – 9.95

Kaylan Earls – 9.85, Cat Hires – 9.8, Morgan Reynolds – 9.875, Mary Beth Box – 9.875, Brittany Rogers – 9.825, Brandie Jay – 9.8

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