Sunday, April 19, 2009

2nd National Championship In 2 Days


With a resounding win in the Hunt Seat discipline and a fourth-place finish in Western, Georgia took home its second consecutive overall title at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships in Waco, Texas Saturday.

The Dawgs totaled 51 points in the overall standings, nine better than runner-up Texas A&M. Oklahoma State was third with 31 points, and SEC rival Auburn tied with Texas Christian for fourth place with 28 points.

“This is a truly wonderful feeling, a tremendous accomplishment by our team,” said Georgia coach Meghan Boenig, who has now led the program to four national championships in just seven years. “One of our goals all along was to repeat our national title. Today, and the entire weekend, was just the affirmation of a great season. Our riders just came through with a tremendous effort today.”

In addition, junior Haylie Jayne captured her first national individual championship. She backed up her No. 1 seeding by edging her teammate, Kelley Cowperthwait, in the final round.

Football Recruiting

The Dawgs picked up their fourth verbal commitment Saturday when B.J. Butler (6-3, 235)became the second player from Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Florida to join the class of 2010. Butler held numerous offers including ones from Florida, Alabama and Florida State but felt that Georgia was where he felt most at home.

Butler joins teammate Marc Deas as the newest Dawgs.


Matt Cerione’s one-out double in the bottom of the ninth scored Miles Starr from first and gave Georgia its second straight 4-3 win over Arkansas Saturday at Foley Field.

It was Cerione’s RBI single in the ninth that lifted the Bulldogs to the win on Friday.

“Matt has been playing really well for us lately,” Georgia coach David Perno said. “He’s huge for this team and when he plays well like he has been we are a much better team.”

Women's Tennis

Second-ranked Georgia wrapped up the top seed in the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament as well as the outright league title with a 5-2 win over 13th-ranked Tennessee Saturday.

The Dawgs finish the regular season 20-2 overall and SEC Champions with a 10-1 league mark. Georgia denied the Lady Vols (15-5, 8-3) a chance for a share of the title with its impressive road win.

Men's Tennis

A season-high crowd of 1,060 watched the fourth-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team extend its home match winning streak to 60 with a 5-2 victory over sixth-ranked Tennessee Sunday.

The Dawgs improved to 21-2 overall and won the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title outright with a 10-1 league mark. Georgia went 13-0 during the regular season at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Volunteers were denied a share of the crown and fell to 19-5, 8-3 in the SEC.


Carrie Patterson and Mariah Krase accounted for Georgia's two first-half goals as the Dawg soccer team capped its spring season with a 2-0 victory over Clemson Saturday afternoon at Riggs Field.

It was the team's first shutout of the spring season.


The top-ranked Georgia men’s golf team continued its strong play at the SEC Championships on Saturday, extending its lead to 10 strokes.

Playing under near ideal conditions at the Frederica Golf Club, the Dawgs posted a 7-under 281 to move to 13-under 563 for the tournament and for the second consecutive round had the lowest score of the day. Arkansas, who trailed by eight at the beginning of the day, now trails by 10 strokes and remains in second place at 3-under 573.

Track & Field

Georgia track and field managed 20 wins and 16 NCAA regional qualifying marks during the teams' third home meet of the season at the Bulldog Limited on Saturday.

"This was our best weekend of the outdoor season so far mainly because of the weather we had and the time of year that it is now," said head coach Wayne Norton. "Regardless of the competition we faced today, we had a very good day. We didn't get everything done that we wanted to, but I would call this meet a big success since we had season bests, personal bests and regional marks."


Georgia senior Courtney Kupets set the career record for the most individual titles at the NCAA Championships on Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Hours after being named the AAI Senior Gymnast of the Year, Kupets won the bars, beam and floor titles, giving her nine in her career. Kupets broke the NCAA record of eight set by Kentucky's Jenny Hansen.

Kupets, who led Georgia to its fifth straight team title on Friday, also became the first gymnast to win all four events at the NCAAs. She won bars and beam in 2006 and 2009, vault in 2007 and floor in 2009. She also won the all-around titles in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Kupets missed the 2008 NCAAs due to an Achilles injury.

"She is the Muhammad Ali of gymnastics -- she is the greatest," said Georgia coach Suzanne Yoculan, whose 26-year career came to a close on Saturday. "There's no question she is the greatest college gymnast of all time. She has the perfect combination of mental and physical strength."

Kupets won the bars title with a score of 9.95. Teammate Kathryn Ding claimed fifth with a score of 9.8875 in her first NCAA appearance and Grace Taylor came in 14th with a score of 9.4625.

Kupets and teammate Courtney McCool went 1-2 on beam for Georgia. Kupets had a score of 9.9875, while McCool, the 2008 beam champ, posted a score of 9.95.

Kupets shared the floor title with LSU's Ashleigh Clare-Kearney with a score of 9.95.

Kupets finished third on the vault with a score of 9.8563.

Kuepts' four individual national titles tied Hansen and Utah's Missy Marlowe for the most in a single NCAAs.

"It's my senior year and I wanted to go out with a bang and have zero regrets," Kupets said. "I do what I do because I love it and I have fun doing it."

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