ATHENS, Ga. – No. 7 Georgia (3-1, 2-1) set season highs on every apparatus en route to a season-high score of 197.250 and a win against No. 17 LSU (1-6, 1-2), in front of a sold out crowd of 10,224 at Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday.
“Our team finally did what we talked about doing,” said head coach Jay Clark. “They stayed on message and stayed aggressive throughout the meet. They didn’t let up and competed like they were getting confident. That’s the encouraging thing. There are certain places they still need to tighten up, but we still have an opportunity to get a little more out of this meet than they got. I’m excited for them; I’m happy for them.”
It was a night of highs for Georgia, as seven Gym Dogs set or tied a total of 13 season highs. Georgia also posted a season-high six scores of 9.900 or higher.
On vault, Georgia was led by Kat Ding and Noel Couch, who scored a 9.925 and 9.900, respectively. Couch set a season high and Chelsea Davis set a new career best at 9.875. The Gym Dogs posted a 49.325 on vault and the Tigers started their night on the bars with a 48.500.
“If you can execute early in the lineup, you can really force the judges to think about what they are doing,” continued Clark. “When you execute well, they have no where to go. The vaults got bigger, we didn’t stick all of them, but we stuck the first couple and that’s tremendous. It creates an energy and a momentum that helps you move all the way through the meet.”
On bars, the Gym Dogs were bolstered by Ding and Gina Nuccio, who recorded a 9.950 and and 9.900, respectively. Davis added a career-high 9.825 and Couch set a new season best with her 9.825 performance. Georgia scored a 49.325 on bars and LSU notched a 49.300 on vault as Georgia increased its lead to 98.650-97.800.
In the third rotation, Shayla Worley led the way on beam with a 9.925 and Earls set a new career best with her 9.875 performance. Couch and Ding set new season highs, scoring 9.850 each. Georgia posted a 49.350on beam and the Tigers scored a 48.975 on floor and the Gym Dogs entered the final rotation with a 148.000-146.775 lead.
On floor, Georgia was paced by season-high performances Nuccio, 9.900; Persinger, 9.875; and Worley, 9.875. The Gym Dogs scored a 49.250 on floor and LSU concluded its night on beam with a 48.975, bringing the final score to 197.250-195.750.