Monday, April 6, 2009

Gym Dawgs Top Seed

The Georgia gymnastics team will be the top seed at next week's NCAA Championship, the NCAA confirmed today.

The Gym Dawgs finished the regular season with the nation's highest regional qualifying score (RQS) of 197.255, then added a 197.770 at the SoutheastRegional on Saturday. The combined total of 394.955 officially made Georgia No. 1 for the NCAAs, which will be held April 16-18 in Lincoln, Neb.

The NCAA also announced Monday that Georgia will compete in the afternoon session on April 16 and will start with a bye before floor. That is the same rotation the Gym Dawgs had at the Southeast Regional.

"I feel great about this rotation," Georgia coach Suzanne Yoculan said. "Ending on beam is great for us, and we love to start a meet out on ago-for-it type event like floor or vault. For us, competing at the end ofthe meet makes it so much more fun."

Georgia will compete with Stanford, Penn State, Oklahoma, LSU and Florida in the afternoon session on April 16. UCLA, Utah, Illinois, Oregon State, Alabama and Arkansas have been assigned to the evening session. The top three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six on April 17. The individual championships will be held on April 18.

Georgia is making its 26th straight appearance, all under Yoculan, at the NCAAs. The Gym Dawgs have won national titles, including each of the last four.

The No. 1-ranked Georgia men's golf team improved from 10th to fourth on Monday in the second round of the United States Collegiate Championship.

Playing at the Golf Club of the South, the Bulldogs carded a second-round 4-over-par 292 to move to 11-over 587 for the tournament. Stanford is the team leader at 3-over 579.

The second-ranked Georgia women’s tennis team dispatched 25th-ranked Alabama 6-1 Sunday at the Crisp Indoor Facility.

The Georgia football team practiced for an hour and a half inpads and shorts at the Woodruff practice fields on a blustery Monday afternoon.

With the wind gusting up to more than 30 miles an hour and temperatures dropping into the 40s, the Bulldogs had their first of three practices before the annual G-Day game arrives on Saturday.

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