No. 1 Gym Dogs Win at Florida

GAINESVILLE, FL - The top-ranked Gym Dogs earned a 197.025 – 196.6 victory over No. 5 Florida in front of an O'Connell Center crowd of 8,338 on Friday night.

Prior to Friday's competitions, Alabama held the nation's top score with a 196.15.

Georgia's (7-0, 2-0 SEC) night opened on bars with a team score of 49.425, the highest mark of the year and higher than any score on that event during the team's 2005 championship season. Courtney Kupets led all gymnasts with a 9.95 and Kelsey Ericksen was right behind with a 9.925. Katie Heenan scored a 9.9. Abby Stack's 9.825 on the bars was a career high.

On vault, Tolnay and Courtney Kupets had a pair of 9.9s and Heenan finished with a 9.875 as the Gym Dogs scored a 49.375.

At the midpoint of the meet, Georgia led 98.8 – 98.375. It was Georgia's highest score through two rotations this season.

Georgia's lead was cut to .25 after three events when the Gym Dogs scored a 49.1 on floor while the Gators posted a 49.275 on beam. The Gym Dogs top floor totals were 9.875s by Ericksen and Heenan.

Courtney Kupets anchored the Georgia beam rotation with a 9.925 to lead the Gym Dogs to a season-best 49.125. Ericksen and Nikki Childs were the other high scorers with a 9.875 and 9.85, respectively.

"I thought we were exceptional on the first two events," said head coach Suzanne Yoculan. "By far it was our best vault and bars this season - really championship form.

"Then Florida turned it up. I thought we would pull away on floor but Florida came on strong and we tightened up. Florida has a great team this season," Yoculan said.

Junior Ashley Kupets competed on vault and bars for the fourth consecutive meet, and while battling flu-like symptoms had a 9.85 and 9.825 on the night. Courtney Kupets was held out of the floor lineup for the second straight week due to a sore Achillies.

Ericksen was the top scorer in the all-around with a 39.5, while Heenan placed second with a 39.425. Both were season highs.

Georgia returns to action next Saturday with a home meet against LSU.


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