Jan. 16, 2010


Courtesy of Georgia

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.-----No. 10 Georgia has its 13-meet regular season winning streak snapped as fourth-ranked Alabama claimed a 196.275-195.500 victory over the Gym Dogs Friday at Coleman Coliseum.

It was Georgia’s first regular season loss since falling to fourth-ranked Michigan in 2008. The Crimson Tide also snapped a four-meet losing streak to Georgia in Tuscaloosa.

“We have to regroup and we need some people to step up,” said head coach Jay Clark. “We’ll have to fight our way through this and get Grace (Taylor) and Gina (Nuccio) back in the lineup. We felt prepared, and halfway through the meet we were in it. We had some mistakes on floor for the second week in a row.

“It’s not time to push the panic button,” Clark added. “We just need to mature and be more consistent. We are disappointed and we always want to do well here, but we’re just going through some growing pains.”

Alabama held a 49.250-49.175 edge following the first rotation. Georgia was led on bars by Courtney McCool’s 9.900 on the final routine while Gina Nuccio, Marcia Newby and Kat Ding each posted a 9.825.

The Gym Dogs scored a 48.975 on vault in the second rotation to cut the Tide’s lead to 98.175-98.150. Newby and McComb led the team with a 9.850, and Hilary Mauro added a 9.825.

In the third rotation on floor for Georgia, the Gym Dogs were forced to count a 9.375 and Alabama extended its lead to 147.200-146.575. McCool posted her second 9.900, the high floor score of the meet, and Noel Couch and McComb each had a 9.750.

In the final rotation, Georgia posted a 48.875 on beam. Grace Taylor scored a team-high 9.900 in her only event of the meet, and McCool added a 9.825. Taylor’s 9.900 on beam was the meet high. Alabama scored a 49.075 on floor.

McComb was Georgia’s only all-arounder and scored a 39.075.

Georgia continues its road swing at No. 11 Utah on Jan. 22 then travels to Auburn on Jan. 29.

Team Results
1. Alabama  -196.275 (VT – 49.250, UB – 48.925, BB – 49.025, FX – 49.075)
2. Georgia – 195.500 (VT – 48.975, UB – 49.175, BB – 48.875, FX – 48.425)

Individual Results (Georgia competitors)
Vault: Noel Couch – 9.675; Cassidy McComb – 9.850; Mariel Box – 9.050; Hilary Mauro – 9.825; Kat Ding – 9.775; Marcia Newby – 9.850

Bars: Cassidy McComb – 9.725; Gina Nuccio – 9.825; Kat Ding – 9.825; Shayla Worley – 9.825; Marcia Newby – 9.800; Courtney McCool – 9.900

Beam: Cassidy McComb – 9.750; Hilary Mauro – 9.750; Kat Ding – 9.375; Shayla Worley – 9.650; Grace Taylor – 9.900; Courtney McCool – 9.825

Floor: Noel Couch – 9.750; Cassidy McComb – 9.750; Christa Tanella – 9.650; Hilary Mauro – 9.375; Shayla Worley – 9.375; Courtney McCool – 9.900