Jan. 13, 2002
ATHENS, Ga. The No. 2 University of Georgia Gym Dogs upset No. 1 UCLA 197.9-196.875 in front of a sellout crowd of 9,951 in Stegman Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
After an opening 49.625 on the vault, Georgia's highest vaulting total of the season, the Gym Dogs took the lead and never looked back. Sophomore Cory Fritzinger scored the first 10.0 of her career on the vault, also Georgia's first 10.0 since former Gym Dog Kristi Lichey's against N.C. State in March of 2001.
Freshman Michelle Emmons and redshirt freshman Kinsey Rowe each put up career highs on the vault with a 9.925 and 9.975, respectively.
"I think this meet is a perfect example of the importance of momentum," said Georgia coach Suzanne Yoculan. "Our scores on the vault paced us all afternoon."
During the second rotation Georgia (7-0) scored a 49.175 on the uneven bars, as sophomore Loren Simpson and Rowe each posted career highs. Fritzinger's 9.925 led the Gym Dogs and earned her a second-place finish in the uneven bars competition.
The Gym Dogs' 49.5 on the balance beam was their highest beam score since the 2001 NCAA Southeast Regional last April. Sophomores Marlene Stephens and Fritzinger shared first-place honors in the event with a pair of 9.95s.
To finish up the meet the Gym Dogs found continued success on the floor exercise. A 9.9 added to four first-place 9.925s by Emmons, Fritzinger, Rowe and Stephens, gave Georgia a 49.6 on the event.
Fritzinger's 39.800 in the all-around was a career high and the second highest all-around total in Gym Dog history. Fritzinger now shares the record with Kim Arnold, Agina Simpkins, and Heather Stepp.
"I hope we are not peaking too early," said Fritzinger. "It's good, but also scary. I think that if we stay consistent, we'll be fine. The team was really tired tonight, but the crowd pumped us up and we were able to come through."
With its second victory over UCLA (3-3) in three days, Georgia wraps up a grueling weekend that included a win at the Super Six Challenge in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday night.
"The girls were so quiet in the locker room before the meet," Yoculan said. "There was hardly any energy at all. The team was really tired, but our mental strength showed. We wanted to win this meet and I couldn't be more pleased with our performance."
Next the Gym Dogs travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide (Fri., Jan. 18, 8 p.m. ET).