ATHENS, Ga. — No. 10 Georgia scored season-highs on all four events in a 196.975-194.225 win against No. 14 Kentucky in front of 9,957 fans Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia gymnasts also placed first on all four events, including a career-high 9.975 on bars by Brittany Rogers and a 9.925 on floor by Brandie Jay, who also tied for first on vault.
“We were significantly improved from the last three meets,” Georgia coach Danna Durante said. “We told the team all week, what happened the last three meets doesn’t matter. We’ve got nine meets ahead of us and it’s a clean slate starting on Saturday. Everyday we talked about battling, fighting having courage, because this team trains well but they had not competed well. And today was significantly better in that respect. There’s still more to do, we still left things out there, but it was just good to see them have courage and fight out there today.”
Georgia (2-2, 2-0 SEC) opened with a season-high 49.25 on vault behind Broussard and Jay, who shared top honors with a pair of 9.9s. Kentucky (2-1, 0-2 SEC) scored a 48.9 on bars to start the meet.
The Gymdogs then turned in a season-best 49.35 behind a career-high 9.975 by Rogers to place first. Kentucky registered a 48.775 on vault, and at the halfway point Georgia led 98.600-97.675.
Another season-high on beam in the third rotation helped Georgia take a 147.700-146.500 lead. Mary Beth Box moved to the anchor position and led the way with a 9.875 for her second beam title of the season.
Georgia closed the meet with a 49.275 on floor led by Jay’s 9.925 in the anchor position. Kiera Brown, Broussard and Vivi Babalis each added 9.85s.
“The upcoming tougher meets will be fantastic tests for this team,” Durante said. “There is no environment like the one we have here at Georgia. Florida and LSU will be similar. We’ve been in it, so for this team it should not be new. We just need to continue to compete aggressive. We already talked about what that’s going to look like going on the road, it doesn’t matter who they have on their roster or what they’ve done up to this point in the season. What matters is who is better on that night and really it’s any man’s game.”