Gym Dogs qualify for NCAA Super Six for second consecutive year

Danna Durante wants the Gym Dogs to do one thing in today’s NCAA Super Six.

Keep it simple.

“That’s what we just talked about in the team meeting,” the Georgia coach said Friday after her team advanced out of the NCAA preliminaries in Birmingham, Ala. “We need to take that momentum and that battle steam that we’ve had throughout the year, but really just systematically, routine by routine, skill by skill, do our job. Do our job.”

The Gym Dogs posted a 197.3 Friday behind Lindsey Cheek’s three 9.9-plus scores on beam, vault and bars and Brandie Jay’s 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’s Super Six, which begins at 7 p.m. Florida, Alabama and Nebraska advanced from Friday’s night session to fill out the Super Six.

“It pretty much just sums up Cheek’s year, you know?” Durante said of the senior who earned First-Team All-American honors on the three events. “It’s the way that she’s been training. It’s the way that she’s been competing throughout the year and (I’m) very proud of her and very excited that she had the night she had. I know that she would tell you, she’s just happy she’s just able to do it for her team.”

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.

“It was a phenomenal floor day, and really that’s what we’ve known we’ve been capable of,” she said. “They were just very confident. … 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.”

Georgia turned out an uncharacteristically low score on bars, a 49.3 compared to its regular season average 49.465.

“We were a little tight on bars, of all events,” Durante said.

But tonight presents Georgia with its second consecutive Super Six appearance and a shot at its 11th overall national title.

“They need to be strong on vault and bars just needs to swing like it has all year,” Durante, in her second season, said. “… It’s anybody’s game. (If) we come in and compete loose and relaxed and having a great time, it’s anybody’s game and I think (Friday) just showed that.”

Team Results
1. Oklahoma – 197.500 (VT – 49.325, UB – 49.25, BB – 49.35, FX – 49.575)
2. Georgia – 197.300 (VT – 49.35, UB – 49.3, BB – 49.2, FX – 49.45)
3. LSU – 197.100 (VT – 49.35, UB – 49.225, BB – 49.175, FX – 49.35)
4. Stanford – 196.600 (VT – 49.025, UB – 49.3, BB – 49.250, FX – 49.025)
5. Michigan – 196.425 (VT – 49.3, UB – 49.325, BB – 48.35, FX – 49.45)
6. Illinois – 195.800 (VT – 49.075, UB – 48.725, BB – 48.8, FX – 49.2)

Georgia’s Individual Results
Vault
Morgan Reynolds – 9.7, Chelsea Davis – 9.825, Cat Hires – 9.825, Lindsey Cheek – 9.9, Brandie Jay – 9.95, Lauren Johnson – 9.85

Bars
Brandie Jay – 9.825, Cat Hires Р9.675, Kiera Brown – 9.85, Lindsey Cheek – 9.925, Brittany Rogers – 9.825, Chelsea Davis – 9.875

Beam
Mary Beth Box – 9.9, Morgan Reynolds – 9.8, Ashyln Broussard – 9..8, Kiera Brown – 9.1, Lindsey Cheek Р,9.9 Kaylan Earls – 9.8

Floor
Morgan Reynolds – 9.85, Ashlyn Broussard – 9.8, Cat Hires – 9.9, Mary Beth Box – 9.9, Kaylan Earls – 9.875, Brandie Jay – 9.925

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