Lil’ Jon and DJ Snake have the Gym Dogs turning up.
Turning up the volume, energy, hype, anticipation, competition.
The French DJ crafted a remix of the Atlanta rapper’s anthem “Turn Down For What,” which is the Gym Dogs’ entrance song for home meets.
“Actually, it’s really grown on me,” Georgia coach Danna Durante said. “It’s funny because that’s not my style of music at all. I love jazz.”
But wait as the song’s first 20 seconds builds to a crescendo and the bass drops on the track. That’s about when the first Gym Dog breaks through the tunnel to lead the rest onto the floor under the red lights and pyrotechnics.
“We all just go so hype for that because … the phrase is exactly what we’re going for,” sophomore Brittany Rogers said. “We all just want to turn up and get going and turn the lights on and here we go.”
The song has caused a few impromptu dance parties among the Gym Dogs, and even Durante has been caught up in hype.
“I can appreciate the pump-up songs with the best of them. It’s funny because that was playing in the coliseum … I was like, ‘This is my favorite song!’ I like it,” Durante said, laughing. “Whatever it takes to get them pumped up.”
And the song has burrowed its way into the coach’s memory recall.
“It takes me to that emotion of (watching) them dancing and just having a the time of their lives, which I think everybody knows when you are loose and free and are enjoying what you do, you just excel and you fly,” said Durante, whose No. 6 Gym Dogs compete at No. 3 Florida on Friday before hosting Kentucky on Feb. 1. “That’s what I’ve seen from this team the last two meets, and so that song will now forever remind me of them on the floor, just an impromptu dance party and pumped up.”
BARS AND BALLADS
High bar: Junior Chelsea Davis has recorded at least a 9.9 in her first three bars routines this season. Her 9.975 on the apparatus against LSU helped her gain the nation’s top spot in the rankings.
Another rung: Senior Lindsey Cheek is ranked third on bars.
Top two: As a team, Georgia is ranked first in the nation on bars. Its host on Friday, Florida, is ranked second.
Dogs’ DJ: Freshman Morgan Reynolds is credited with bringing “Turn Down For What” into discussions about the team’s run-out song.
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