Georgia junior Chelsea Davis has been named the Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Event Specialist of the Week, and Kiera Brown has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week, it was announced Tuesday.
Davis and Brown helped lead the Gym Dogs to scores of 197.175 and 197.400 in wins over No. 2 LSU on Friday and Iowa on Monday. Georgia‚Äôs 197.400 against the Hawkeyes is the second-highest score of any team in the country this season.
A native of Austin, Texas, Davis scored a career-high 9.975 on bars against LSU to move into the No. 1 spot in the national rankings. She also tied her career-high with a 9.9 in the leadoff position on vault.
Brown turned in a career-high 9.95 on bars against Iowa ‚Äî the first of three consecutive 9.95s by the Gym Dogs. It was the first career event title for the Newport News, Va., native.
Florida‚Äôs Bridget Sloan was named the SEC Gymnast of the Week.
The No. 6 Gym Dogs will take on No. 3 at 7 p.m. Friday in Gainesville, Fla.
Softball ranked 23rd preseason poll
The Georgia softball team checked in at No. 23 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Poll, which was released Tuesday.
The Bulldogs are one of eight SEC teams ranked in the poll.
Georgia is coming off a 40-21 season that saw it earn the program‚Äôs 12th-straight NCAA tournament bid. The Bulldogs return several key players, including seven position starters and two starting pitchers for 2014.
Among the returners is a NFCA All-American, three Easton All-Americans, three All-Southeast Region selections, the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, three SEC All-Freshman honorees, two First Team All-SEC selections and two members of the SEC All-Tournament team.
Georgia opens the 2014 season when it hosts the Red and Black Showcase Feb. 7-9.
Kallenou garners conference track and field honor
Georgia redshirt freshman Leontia Kallenou was named the SEC Women‚Äôs Freshman of the Week following the Auburn Indoor Invitational, it was announced Tuesday.
Kallenou, a native of Nicosia, Cyprus, cleared a personal-best height of 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump on her opening attempt to be the top collegiate finisher (second overall). All four of the heights she reached were first-attempt clearances.
In the first indoor collegiate meet of her career, Kallenou was only topped at the meet by former Lady Bulldog Levern Spencer (6-3.25), who set the school record of 6-2.75 five years ago.
Kallenou sat out the 2013 indoor season while recovering from an injury. She competed for Georgia outdoors and was a First-Team All-American after taking fourth at last year‚Äôs NCAA outdoor championships with a personal-best mark of 6-1.50.