UGA roundup: Four Gym Dogs named to All-America team

Four Georgia gymnasts were named to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women All-America Team.

Senior Lindsey Cheek was named to the first team on bars and second team on vault and beam, Chelsea Davis and Kaylan Earls were named to the first team on bars and beam, respectively, while Brittany Rogers earned second-team honors on bars and the all-around.

Cheek placed first on vault, bars and beam a total of 17 times this season and recorded career-high scores on all three events with a 9.975 on vault and bars and a 9.95 on beam. She is tied for second in the nation on bars, tied for ninth on beam and tied for 16th on vault with an RQS higher than a 9.9 on all three events. The Watkinsville native and Oconee County graduate was voted SEC Event Specialist of the Year last week.

Davis is tied with Cheek for No. 2 on bars with a 9.945 RQS. A junior from Austin, Texas, she has scored a 9.9 or higher 10 out of 12 times this season, including a career-high 9.975 in the win over LSU on Jan. 17.

Earls has served as Georgia’s anchor on beam in all 12 meets this season. She has registered the team’s highest mark on that event six times, including a career-best 9.95 three times. The Chicago native is ranked seventh in the country on beam.

Rogers is the only Gym Dog to compete in the all-around this season, and she did so in all 11 regular season meets. She scored a 39.6 in the regular season-finale at Utah, and she is ranked 11th in the country. A native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Rogers also recorded career-highs on vault, bars and floor this season. She is tied for ninth nationally on bars.

No. 6 Georgia is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Athens Regional on April 5. The field also includes Michigan, Central Michigan, Ohio State, NC State and Rutgers. The top two teams advance to the national championships.

Arbuckle, Stawicki named SEC Riders of the Month

Kylee Arbuckle and Paige Stawicki were named the Southeastern Conference March Riders of the Month in equitation on the flat and horsemanship, respectively.

Georgia competed just once in March, with Arbuckle and Stawicki helping the Bulldogs to a 17-3 win over then-No. 5 New Mexico State.

Arbuckle picked up the honor after scoring Georgia’s highest flat score of the season with her 92 against her opponent from New Mexico State. Her score of 92 was also her career best and allowed her to earn MOP honors in the event after defeating her opponent by 17 points.

Stawicki earned the accolade after posting a 77.5-74 win over her opponent from New Mexico State. The point total allowed her to earn MOP honors, her second of the year.

Arbuckle, Stawicki and the rest of the No. 2 Georgia equestrian team travels to Blythewood, S.C., to take part in the SEC championship this weekend. The Bulldogs enter the weekend as the No. 2 overall seed.

Pieters snags conference honors

Senior Hernus Pieters was named the SEC Player of the Week.

Sophomore Austin Smith earned the same honor a week ago.

It marks the second SEC honor of Pieters’ career, as he was named the Freshman of the Week on Feb. 23, 2011.

The Pretoria, South Africa, native won three matches last weekend and had another — against the nation’s top-ranked doubles team — suspended just one game away from a win to help the Bulldogs (12-5, 7-0) extend their winning streak to nine with victories over No. 14 Kentucky and No. 33 Vanderbilt. Pieters’ doubles win against the Wildcats with partner Ben Wagland over No. 26 Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai was the clinching decision to give Georgia the early 1-0 lead, while his singles win later that night clinched the overall match — his team-leading fourth clinch of the year — to propel Georgia into sole possession of first place in the SEC.

Against Vanderbilt, he won in singles, with his victory giving Georgia a 3-0 lead over the Commodores on its way to the eventual shutout. Pieters is 8-2 in his last 10 singles outings and on a five-match winning streak in doubles with Wagland. The pair rose to No. 9 in the most recent ITA rankings.

Pieters and the seventh-ranked Bulldogs hit the road to take on No. 12 Texas A&M Friday in College Station.

Cromie named SEC Men’s Golfer of the Week

Michael Cromie of the No. 5 ranked Georgia men’s golf team was been named SEC Men’s Golfer of the Week.

The senior from Cary, N.C., received the honor just three days after leading the Bulldogs to victory at the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro with a 3-under score of 69 in the final round and an overall 9-under score of 207 for the 72-hole event. His scores helped the Bulldogs finish 10 strokes below No. 1 ranked Alabama as Georgia was the only team to shoot below par for the tournament.

Cromie also earned individual medalist honors with a dramatic sudden death playoff victory over Alabama’s Robby Shelton. The pair finished regulation tied at 207, but Cromie scored a birdie on the first hole of the playoff to clinch solo honors. The individual win marked the second time Cromie has medaled in his Georgia career. For the season he has a scoring average of 72.17 and has been in the top-10 five times in eight events.

The Bulldogs take the course at the SEC championships in St. Simons Island April 25-27.

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