Gym Dogs Remain Undefeated

ATHENS - The top-ranked Gym Dogs scored their best mark of the year and knocked off No. 14 LSU, 197.15 – 196.1, in front of a sold out Stegeman Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia (8-0, 3-0 SEC) received scores of 9.9 or better on five routines, including two from Katie Heenan on beam (9.9) and floor (9.95), one by Kelsey Ericksen (9.95) on bars, and one by Brittany Smith (9.9) and Tiffany Tolnay (9.975) on the vault.

It was the vault lineup and a team total of 49.475 – Georgia's second-highest mark of the year – that helped the Gym Dogs to a fast start in the meet.

"We have really been exceptional on vault the whole season," said Georgia head coach Suzanne Yoculan. "We weren't even at our best tonight. Tiffany's vault was a ten if I ever saw it. It was absolutely perfect."

Georgia's score of 49.125 on the uneven bars helped build a lead of 98.6 – 98.0 through two events, as LSU notched scores of 48.9 on vault and 49.1 on bars.

The Gym Dogs had a season-best 49.225 on the balance beam, thanks to Heenan's 9.9 as well as a 9.875 from Courtney Kupets, a 9.85 by Ericksen and a pair of 9.8s from Audrey Bowers and Tolnay.

Georgia closed its night with a 49.325 on the floor that also included 9.875s from Bowers and Ericksen and a 9.85 from Smith.

Ericksen finished her day with a 39.55 to win the all-around, edging LSU's April Burkholder, who had a 39.375.

Next the Gym Dogs travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a Friday night meet against third-ranked Alabama.

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