Friday, April 17, 2009

Tolnay Ties School Record For All-America Honors


Dawg gymnast Tiffany Tolnay earned four All-America honors at the NCAA Championships on Thursday to tie the school record.

Tolnay finished her career as a 16-time All-American, matching the standard set by Agina Simpkins from 1992-95. Tolnay earned First-Team honors in the all-around and on vault and floor, and she was Second Team on beam.

Courtney Kupets earned All-America status in all five categories on Friday to wind up her career with 15. On Friday's first session of the NCAAs, Kupets won the all-around with a score of 39.8 matching the highest figure for an all-around winner at the NCAAs, tying the mark set in 1995 by Kentucky's Jenny Hansen. Tolnay was second with a 39.5. Kupets also won on beam (with a 10.0) bars and floor. Tolnay was second on floor.

Grace Taylor picked up All-America honors on beam and bars, giving her seven in her career.

Courtney McCool earned All-America status on beam to push her career total to two.

Kathryn Ding earned her first All-America citation on bars. Taylor and McCool were second on beam and Taylor was second on bars.

Men's Golf

The No. 1-ranked Georgia men’s golf team leads after round one of the Southeastern Conference Championship.

Playing today at the Frederica Golf Club, the Dawgs posted a 6-under-par 282. Georgia leads Arkansas, who fired a 2-over 290, by eight strokes heading into the second round.

“I thought it was a solid first day,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said. “I thought we were very consistent and it was great having all five guys shoot even par or better. Any time you throw out an even par round you should be in it. We look to go out tomorrow and continue what we did today and see where it stacks up.”

Harris English and Brian Harman, a native of nearby Savannah who has played the Sea Island courses for years, carded first-round 2-under-par 70's to pace the Bulldogs. English and Harman are tied for fourth, three shots behind Kentucky's Jordan Blann.

Sophomore Russell Henley and Junior Hudson Swafford carded a 1-under 71's to stand tied for 8th. Senior Adam Mitchell had the Bulldogs’ non-counting score of even par 72 and he is tied for 14th.

Overall, the Bulldogs have won 26 SEC titles. That is the most of any conference men's golf team and is the most of any Georgia athletic squad.

Women's Golf

The No. 14-ranked Georgia women's golf team shot 300 in the opening round of the 2009 SEC Championships at the Cobblestone Park Golf Club today, leaving the Bulldogs tied for fifth place and 11 shotsoff the lead.


The Diamond Dawgs took advantage of some timely ninth inning hitting to defeat Arkansas 4-3 this evening at Foley Field and now hold a one game lead over LSU in the SEC.

Dawg junior Dean Weaver is one of 45 relief pitchers named to the midseason watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.

The award is given annually to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I college baseball. Former Georgia All-American Joshua Fields won the award in 2008.

Football Recruiting

Gainesville, Georgia wide receiver Tai-ler Jones (6-0, 175) announced Thursday that he will attend Stanford University. Jones selected the Cardinals over offers from the Dawgs, Ohio State, Cal, UCLA, North Carolina and Notre Dame where his father played.

Jones becomes the second player from Gainesville to leave the state following quarterback Blake Sims who committed to Alabama.

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