Athens, GA - The No. 6 Georgia gymnastics team opens the 2011 home schedule Sat., Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. ET against third-ranked Utah. Both teams are coming off season-opening wins last weekend, as Georgia scored a 195.575 to win a quad meet against BYU, Denver and Air Force in Denver, Colo., while Utah downed defending national champion UCLA 195.700-195.300 in Salt Lake City. The Gym Dogs are 32-6 all-time in home openers, including a perfect 6-0 in the last six seasons, and will put their current 34-meet regular season home winning streak on the line this weekend.
The Georgia-Utah meet will be televised on a tape-delay basis by CSS. It will be shown first on Jan. 23 at noon ET, and again on Jan. 25 at 10 p.m.
This will be the first of three home meets in seven days for Georgia. On Monday, West Virginia will visit the newly-renovated Stegeman Coliseum followed by a visit from Auburn on Jan. 21.
Georgia moved up one spot to No. 6 in the latest edition of the GymInfo Top 25 released Monday. Florida (196.925) is ranked No. 1, followed by Stanford (196.625), Utah and Michigan tied at No. 3 with a 195.700, UCLA (195.613) at No. 5, Georgia (195.575), Oklahoma (195.475), Oregon State (195.388), Alabama (195.350)and Arkansas (195.075) to round out the top-10. Rankings are based on the teams’ average total score so far this season.
In the team event rankings, Georgia is No. 4 on the balance beam (48.900), ninth on vault (48.975) and floor (48.925), and 13th on bars (48.775). Utah is ranked No. 1 on vault (49.275), No. 16 on bars (48.725), No. 5 on beam (48.875) and No. 15 on floor (48.825).
Individually, Shayla Worley is tied for sixth on beam with a 9.850, while Gina Nuccio is tied for seventh on bars with a 9.875. Utah’s Stephanie McAllister is ranked No. 10 in the all-around with a 39.175, Kyndal Robarts is No. 1 on vault (9.925) and No. 6 on beam (9.850).
LAST TIME OUT
Seventh-ranked Georgia opened the 2011 season by winning a quad-meet against No. 16 Denver, Air Force and BYU last Saturday at Magness Arena. The Gym Dogs scored a 195.575 to finish comfortably ahead of second-place BYU (193.225). Denver was third with a 192.925 while Air Force scored a 186.6.
Georgia gymnasts won individual titles on vault, bars, beam and floor, including two by junior Gina Nuccio on bars and floor. Senior Cassidy McComb won the all-around with a 39.150. Freshman Lindsey Cheek won the vault title, and sophomore Shayla Worley won the title on the balance beam.
The Gym Dogs won their first road meet since beating sixth-ranked UCLA in Los Angeles March 8, 2009. That meet was also the last time a Georgia gymnast had won the all-around on the road, which Cassidy McComb did last Saturday night.
THE GEORGIA-UTAH SERIES
Georgia holds a record of 24-21-1 all-time against Utah, dating back to the teams’ first meeting in 1978. The national powers last met in 2010, when Utah defeated Georgia by a score of 196.550-196.500 in Athens. The last time the two teams faced off in Athens, Georgia beat Utah 197.15-196.725 in 2009.
LAST TIME VS. UTAH - JAN. 22, 2010
No. 10 Georgia fell just short to sixth-ranked Utah, 196.550-196.500, in front of a crowd of 15,552 at the Huntsman Center - the largest crowd to watch a college gymnastics meet. The Gym Dogs (1-2) trailed by .25 entering the final rotation, but closed the gap with a 49.325 on beam, Georgia’s highest score on any event this season. On Utah’s final routine of the meet, Utah needed a 9.825 from Annie DiLuzio on floor to tie Georgia’s team score, and she posted a 9.875 to give the Utes (2-1) the narrow win.
WINNING STREAK AT STEGEMAN COLISEUM
The Gym Dogs are unbeaten at home in their last 34 regular season dual meets dating back to the 2005 season. Following a loss to Alabama on Feb. 18, 2005, Georgia won its next 10 dual meets in Stegeman Coliseum until tying top-ranked Florida on Jan. 27, 2007. Since then, the Gym Dogs have won 24 straight meets at home.
Georgia will have a quick turnaround and will compete in its second of three home meets in a span of seven days, as West Virginia comes to Athens on Mon., Jan. 17 followed by Auburn on Fri., Jan. 21. Both will be televised on a tape-delay basis.