Courtney Kupets Named SEC Gymnast of the Week

ATHENS - Georgia freshman Courtney Kupets was named the Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week on Tuesday, following an all-around victory over Maryland last week in Athens.

Kupets scored a 39.475, including a 9.95 on bars and 9.9 on floor. Her win in the all-around came one week after placing second in Georgia¹s first meet of the year in Cancun.

Courtney Kupets is the younger sister of Ashley, a Georgia junior and four-time All-American. Courtney was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, winning the silver medal in the overall team competition as well as a bronze on the individual uneven bars.

The defending national champion Gym Dogs open SEC competition this Friday with a 7:30 p.m. meet against Arkansas in Stegeman Coliseum.

Last week¹s home win over Maryland (195.825-188.3) came in front of a crowd of 9,323 and by the largest margin of victory for the Gym Dogs since 1998.

After a week as the No. 2 team in the country, Georgia has reclaimed its preseason spot at the top of the rankings. Week three rankings initially had the Gym Dogs listed as No. 3 by their high score against the Terps, but the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches last summer passed a resolution for rankings to be determined by teams¹ average scores through the first seven weeks of the season, vaulting the team back No. 1. This is Georgia¹s first regular season No. 1 ranking since March 11, 2002.

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