UGA Track and Field complete NCAA Indoor Championships in historic third place

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | The Georgia women stormed through the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with two national champions and finished tied for third in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday.

True freshman Kendell Williams set World Junior (4,535, Sweden’s Carolina Kluft, 2002), collegiate (4,569, Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide, 2013) and school (4,417, Hyleas Fountain, 2004) records by scoring 4,635 points to win the pentathlon. Not far behind Williams was fifth-year senior Lucie Ondraschkova, who was fourth with a career best 4,268 points in her final collegiate meet.

This marked the 13th and 14th NCAA individual champions for the Lady Bulldogs and the first time UGA has had a pair of titles in the same season since 2004 (Fountain, long jump/pentathlon; Fanni Juhasz, pole vault, all indoor).

The Georgia women finished the meet with 40.5 points to tie Florida for third place, marking the Lady Bulldogs’ best national finish since taking second in 1996 with 34 points. Their point total is a school record (36, 2004) and gives the Lady Bulldogs their fourth top-five finish and 10th top-10 finish of all-time.

Gym Dogs turn in season-high road score in loss at Utah

SALT LAKE CITY | Despite a season-high road score by sixth-ranked Georgia, No. 5 Utah held off the Gym Dogs, 198.025-197.600, in front of 15,224 fans Saturday night at the Huntsman Center.

Utah (10-3) led throughout the meet, but the Gym Dogs (6-5) stayed within striking distance and trailed by just .015 going to the final rotation. A 49.575 on floor, including a perfect 10.0 by Nansy Damianova, clinched the win for the Utes.

Georgia turned in its best floor score of the season and was just half a tenth shy of equaling its highest overall score of the year. Sophomore Brittany Rogers won her fifth all-around title of the season with a career-high 39.600.

Utah jumped out to a 49.575-49.325 lead after the first rotation. Georgia – the nation’s top ranked team on bars – was led by Rogers with a 9.9 and Brandie Jay with a 9.875.

The Gym Dogs cut into the Utah lead with a 49.525 on vault in the second rotation. Jay tied for first with a 9.95, while Rogers tied her season-high with a 9.925, and Cat Hires added a 9.9. At the halfway mark Utah held a 98.950-98.850 edge.

Utah increased its lead by a half a tenth in the third rotation. The Utes scored a season-high 49.5 on beam, while Georgia registered its best mark of the season with a 49.45 on floor. Jay tied her season-high with a 9.95,

Hires set a new career-high with a 9.9, and Mary Beth Box and Rogers scored back-to-back 9.875s.

Georgia will begin postseason competition at the SEC Championship March 22 at the BJCC in Birmingham, Ala.

Women’s tennis

beats Florida

The No. 12 Georgia women’s tennis team won its eighth straight match Sunday afternoon, beating SEC-rival No. 3 Florida 4-2 at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts. The win is Georgia’s first over Florida since 2009.

Senior Kate Fuller clinched the marathon match with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 78 Belinda Woolcock. Georgia (12-2, 5-0) quickly won the doubles point. On court one, the No. 3 pair of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase blanked Belinda Woolcock and Sofie Oyen, 8-0. Caroline Brinson and Lilly Kimbell clinched the doubles point, their seventh doubles point clincher of the season, with an 8-2 win over Alexandra Cercone and Brianna Morgan.

The No. 36 duo of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia led Kourtney Keegan and Olivia Janowicz 7-3 when their match was suspended.

Georgia carried their momentum from doubles into singles play. Tenth-ranked Herring won her sixth straight match, beating No. 8 Janowicz 6-2, 6-4 to put Georgia up 2-0. Later, No. 21 Maho Kowase outdid No. 22 Cercone 6-2, 6-3 to put the Bulldogs up 3-0. Kowase now sports a team-best 28-4 record this year.

The Bulldogs are now just one of two SEC teams that remain unbeaten in conference play. The match lasted nearly five hours and was played in front of well over 500 fans.

Men’s tennis wins seventh straight

The Georgia men’s tennis team got the clinch from red-hot sophomore Austin Smith in a 4-3 victory over No. 17 Florida on Sunday afternoon at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville. The win was Georgia’s seventh in a row, moving the team to 10-5 overall and a perfect 5-0 in conference play. It also marks the seventh straight singles win for Smith.

Georgia started out with another doubles-point win, as the Bulldogs’ Nos. 1 and 2 teams prevailed over the Gators to push the squad out to a 1-0 lead. First off was the No. 2 team of Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha, who defeated the team of Mike Alford and Florent Diep, 8-5. They were followed by the 21st-ranked team of Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters, who posted a tiebreak victory over No. 11 Elliott Orkin and Gordon Watson, 8-7(5), to seal it.

Heading to singles, the Bulldogs and Gators would split first sets evenly at three apiece, while Brasseaux led Georgia to a 2-0 lead as he won his No. 4 match, 6-3, 6-3, over Lipman. Wagland then fell at No. 2 to Diep, 6-1, 6-1, as the Gators trimmed the lead to 2-1, but Nick Wood gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead with a 7-6(7), 6-4 win over Orkin at No. 6.

With Georgia in need of just one more point for the victory, Florida won the next two matches as Alford beat Pieters, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 5 to make it 3-2, then Watson edged Pasha on a pair of tiebreakers, 7-6(5), 7-6(3), to tie it 3-3 with just Smith remaining on court for Georgia at No. 3.

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