Georgia wrapped up its regular season with its second consecutive score about 197 and an upset win of visiting Utah Saturday.
Seventh-ranked Georgia (7-6) defeated No. 5 Utah (10-2) 197.250-196.650.
Here’s what to know about Georgia’s win:
Georgia seniors Rachel Schick and Morgan Reynolds paced the Gymdogs on several rotations Saturday. All five seniors performed in their final meet at Stegeman Coliseum.
Schick scored 9.850 on bars and beam. Reynolds tallied a season-high 9.9 on vault, a 9.775 on bars and a 9.875 on floor. Ashlyn Broussard had 9.775s on vault and beam. Lauren Johnson scored a 9.9 on vault and a 9.725 on bars. Beth Roberts performed in exhibition on vault and floor.
“I’m really proud of them,” Georgia coach Danna Durante said. “We talked about before the meet really trying to stay present and not get caught up in the emotion of senior night and that’s tough to do.”
Both Schick and Reynolds said it was a dream realized.
“The fact that I was able to make this dream, going from sitting as a little girl in the living room to being in Stegeman saluting in front of tens of thousands of fans, it’s so rewarding,” Schick said. “I’m so grateful and tonight made me know I can end my gymnastics career with peace because I completed my dream as a little girl.”
Exhibition on bars
Georgia’s lineups for the postseason are pretty much set, Durante said, but the Gymdogs took a last chance to prep alternates against Utah. Freshman Jordyn Pedersen performed an exhibition on bars and is in the seventh spot heading into SECs. Junior Natalie Vaculik is still recovering from lingering effects of mono.
“We can’t predict, obviously we’ve had so much illness this year, and really where they’re stepping up, Jordyn hadn’t had that opportunity,” Durante said. “We felt like this was the last chance and she’s been getting better in practice. We felt like it was a good time for her to be able to get out in front of a crowd and have something under her belt.”
Georgia had just five gymnasts compete against Missouri in January after sophomore Sydney Snead was held out due to a sore back. Vaculik has performed in just one meet this season.
Evening session at SECs
Georgia will compete in the evening session at the SEC Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. Saturday. The Gymdogs enter the postseason fourth in the SEC behind LSU, Florida and Alabama. This is the first time they’ll compete in the evening session since 2014 and start on floor.
Scoring above 197 for the second consecutive week is a confidence builder, Durante said.
“We start on floor which means we’re finishing on beam and we do really well finishing on beam on the road,” Durante sid. “I think it’s really great prep for us before Jacksonville.”