The Georgia Gym Dogs fell to the Florida Gym Lizards in Gainesville Friday night.
The Georgia gymnasts were very good Friday night in the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida, but the Florida gymnasts were a hair better in every event and came away with a .650 victory over the Bulldogs. The 11 ranked Georgia Gym Dogs set or tied six career-highs while falling to 3 ranked Florida, 197.600-196.95.
“We asked the team to come out and fight, and they did that,” Georgia coach Danna Durante told Georgiadogs.com. “This is a crazy, loud environment, and I thought our freshmen and sophomores handled it well. We wanted to come out of here with a win, but we don’t think that’s far away for us to able to do that. I am proud of the team tonight, so we just have to continue to get better.”
Georgia (2-3, 2-1 SEC) opened with a 49.25 on bars behind a season-high 9.925 by Brown, and Jay also tied her season-high with a 9.9. Florida scored a 49.3 on vault to take a half a tenth lead after one rotation.
Florida (3-1, 2-1 SEC) extended its lead to 98.675-98.450 in the second rotation. The Gators registered a 49.375 on bars, and Georgia scored a 49.2 on vault. Jay finished second with a 9.925, and Broussard tied for third with a 9.875.
In the third rotation, Georgia turned in a 49.25 on floor, but the Gators stretched their lead to three tenths with a 49.325 on beam. Brown tied her career-best with a 9.85, Mary Beth Box tied her career-high with a 9.9, and Jay closed the third rotation with a 9.925 as the Gymdogs tied their season-high score after three rotations with a 147.700.
The Gymdogs posted a 49.25 on beam in the final rotation, led by Broussard’s 9.95. Box also tied her career-high with a 9.9. Florida finished the meet with a 49.55 on floor.