Gym Dogs stay steady on beam to earn season’s first road win

AUBURN, Ala. — The sixth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team turned in its highest road score of the season and defeated No. 10 Auburn 196.875-196.100 Friday night at Auburn Arena.

The Gym Dogs (4-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) jumped out to an early lead and closed the meet by hitting all six beam routines to clinch their first road win of the season.

“I’m pleased overall and glad that we started strong and finished strong,” Georgia coach Danna Durante said in a release. “I’m proud of this group. They’ve been training hard in the gym the last two weeks, and they’ve been much more intentional as a team. This team competed strong and confident tonight.”

The Gym Dogs opened the meet with a 49.5 on bars — their second-highest score away from home this season. Chelsea Davis placed first with a 9.95 in the anchor position, while Brandie Jay, Lindsey Cheek and Brittany Rogers added three 9.9s.

Georgia extended its lead to 98.725-98.125 with a 49.225 on vault in the second rotation. Jay and Cheek tied for first with a pair of back-to-back 9.9s.

Georgia again stretched the lead with a 48.9 on floor in the third rotation, while Auburn had to count a fall on beam. Freshman Morgan Reynolds turned in a team-high 9.85 on floor.

The Gym Dogs closed the meet by hitting all six routines on beam to score a 49.250. Cheek led the team with a 9.875, while Rogers, Brown and Kaylan Earls turned in three 9.85s.

Jay tied her career-high on bars and her season-high on vault with a pair of 9.9s.

Georgia will return to action for the final SEC meet of the season March 1 against Arkansas.

Team Results
1. Georgia – 196.875 (VT – 49.225, UB – 49.5, BB – 49.25, FX – 48.9)
2. Auburn – 196.100 (VT – 49.025, UB – 49.1, BB – 48.525, FX – 49.450)

Vault
Chelsea Davis – 9.825, Ashlyn Broussard – 9.75, Cat Hires – 9.775, Brandie Jay – 9.9, Lindsey Cheek – 9.9, Brittany Rogers – 9.825

Bars
Brandie Jay – 9.9 , Cat Hires – 9.825, Kiera Brown – 9.85, Lindsey Cheek – 9.9, Brittany Rogers – 9.9 , Chelsea Davis – 9.95

Beam
Mary Beth Box – 9.825, Sarah Persinger – 9.825, Brittany Rogers – 9.85, Kiera Brown – 9.85, Lindsey Cheek – 9.875, Kaylan Earls – 9.85

Floor
Kaylan Earls – 9.825, Cat Hires – 9.8, Morgan Reynolds – 9.85, Mary Beth Box – 9.725, Brittany Rogers – 9.225, Brandie Jay – 9.7

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