Gym Dogs Win with Nation's Best Score

ATHENS - The No. 1-ranked Gym Dogs knocked off No. 9 UCLA, 197.525 - 195.2, in front of 9,603 fans at Stegemam Coliseum on Friday night.

Georgia's total improves on its season-high from last Sunday which was also the best in the nation.

The Gym Dogs (11-0) started Friday's meet strong with a season-high 49.45 on the uneven bars and also finished strong with a season-high 49.475 on the floor exercise.

"We're solid on every event," said Georgia head coach Suzanne Yoculan. "We just need to put all four events together in the same night and I think we can push the 198 score. The floor is the event that we love and something we want to be No. 1 in country on. The girls take pride in that."

Georgia had nine scores of 9.9 or better on the night including six from the freshman class. All-around winner Courtney Kupets (career-high 39.65) had three, two were from Tiffany Tolnay and Abby Stack had one. Seven Georgia scores on individual events either set or tied season highs.

In the first rotation a 9.925 by Courtney Kupets and a 9.9 by Tolnay led to a 49.375 to take an early lead. Senior Brittany Smith's vault also earned a 9.9.

On the uneven bars Courtney Kupets led with a 9.95 and Tolnay had another 9.9. Katie Heenan and Kelsey Ericksen each added a 9.875 as the Gym Dogs took a 98.825 – 97.425 lead at the midpoint.

Courtney Kupets was Georgia's high scorer on the beam with a 9.9 while Heenan and Nikki Childs both scored a 9.85. The team score of 49.225 tied the Gym Dogs' second-highest mark on that event this year.

Heenan and Ericksen had a pair of 9.925s to lead Georgia's floor rotation to its 49.475, and Stack had a career-high 9.9.

UCLA competed Friday night without the services of Maranda Smith, Tasha Schwikert, Katie Richardson and Melissa Chan, and only competed five athletes on the uneven bars.

Georgia next travels to Auburn for a meet next Friday at 7 p.m. CT at the site of last year's national championship.

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