Danna Durante wants the Gym Dogs to do one thing in today‚Äôs NCAA Super Six.
Keep it simple.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs what we just talked about in the team meeting,‚Äù the Georgia coach said Friday after her team advanced out of the NCAA preliminaries in Birmingham, Ala. ‚ÄúWe need to take that momentum and that battle steam that we‚Äôve had throughout the year, but really just systematically, routine by routine, skill by skill, do our job. Do our job.‚Äù
The Gym Dogs posted a 197.3 Friday behind Lindsey Cheek‚Äôs three 9.9-plus scores on beam, vault and bars and Brandie Jay‚Äôs 9.95 on vault and 9.925 on floor.
Oklahoma took first in the afternoon session with a 197.5 and LSU finished third with a 197.1. The top three from the session advanced to today‚Äôs Super Six, which begins at 7 p.m. Florida, Alabama and Nebraska advanced¬†from Friday‚Äôs night session¬†to fill out the Super Six.
‚ÄúIt pretty much just sums up Cheek‚Äôs year, you know?‚Äù Durante said of the senior who earned First-Team All-American honors on the three events. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the way that she‚Äôs been training. It‚Äôs the way that she‚Äôs been competing throughout the year and (I‚Äôm) very proud of her and very excited that she had the night she had. I know that she would tell you, she‚Äôs just happy she‚Äôs just able to do it for her team.‚Äù
The Gym Dogs recorded a 49.45 on floor and 49.2 on beam, avoiding the struggles that plagued them throughout the regular season. Durante said she and the coaching staff emphasized aggression on floor and beam in the two weeks leading up to NCAAs.
‚ÄúIt was a phenomenal floor day, and really that‚Äôs what we‚Äôve known we‚Äôve been capable of,‚Äù she said. ‚ÄúThey were just very confident. ‚Ä¶ We really just went out and competed in those two events very aggressive, knowing that it was a battle and those two events needed to do their part.‚Äù
Georgia turned out an uncharacteristically low score on bars, a 49.3 compared to its regular season average 49.465.
‚ÄúWe were a little tight on bars, of all events,‚Äù Durante said.
But tonight presents Georgia with its second consecutive Super Six appearance and a shot at its 11th overall national title.
‚ÄúThey need to be strong on vault and bars just needs to swing like it has all year,‚Äù Durante, in her second season, said. ‚Äú‚Ä¶ It‚Äôs anybody‚Äôs game. (If) we come in and compete loose and relaxed and having a great time, it‚Äôs anybody‚Äôs game and I think (Friday) just showed that.‚Äù
1. Oklahoma ‚Äì 197.500 (VT ‚Äì 49.325, UB ‚Äì 49.25, BB ‚Äì 49.35, FX ‚Äì 49.575)
2. Georgia ‚Äì 197.300 (VT ‚Äì 49.35, UB ‚Äì 49.3, BB ‚Äì 49.2, FX ‚Äì 49.45)
3. LSU ‚Äì 197.100 (VT ‚Äì 49.35, UB ‚Äì 49.225, BB ‚Äì 49.175, FX ‚Äì 49.35)
4. Stanford ‚Äì 196.600 (VT ‚Äì 49.025, UB ‚Äì 49.3, BB ‚Äì 49.250, FX ‚Äì 49.025)
5. Michigan ‚Äì 196.425 (VT ‚Äì 49.3, UB ‚Äì 49.325, BB ‚Äì 48.35, FX ‚Äì 49.45)
6. Illinois ‚Äì 195.800 (VT ‚Äì 49.075, UB ‚Äì 48.725, BB ‚Äì 48.8, FX ‚Äì 49.2)
Georgia‚Äôs Individual Results
Morgan Reynolds ‚Äì 9.7, Chelsea Davis ‚Äì 9.825, Cat Hires ‚Äì 9.825, Lindsey Cheek ‚Äì 9.9, Brandie Jay ‚Äì 9.95, Lauren Johnson ‚Äì 9.85
Brandie Jay ‚Äì 9.825, Cat Hires – 9.675, Kiera Brown ‚Äì 9.85, Lindsey Cheek ‚Äì 9.925, Brittany Rogers ‚Äì 9.825, Chelsea Davis ‚Äì 9.875
Mary Beth Box ‚Äì 9.9, Morgan Reynolds ‚Äì 9.8, Ashyln Broussard ‚Äì 9..8, Kiera Brown ‚Äì 9.1, Lindsey Cheek – ,9.9 Kaylan Earls ‚Äì 9.8
Morgan Reynolds ‚Äì 9.85, Ashlyn Broussard ‚Äì 9.8, Cat Hires ‚Äì 9.9, Mary Beth Box ‚Äì 9.9, Kaylan Earls ‚Äì 9.875, Brandie Jay ‚Äì 9.925