GymDogs Pull out Last Second Win Against Arkansas.

ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 10 Georgia Gymdogs scored four career highs on floor, including a pair of 9.95s from Gigi Marino and Mary Beth Box, to top Arkansas, 196.775-196.650, in a come-from-behind win on Saturday night in Stegeman Coliseum.

Trailing after three rotations, Georgia posted a season-best score of 49.550 on floor, matching its highest score on the event since 2010, to seal the win and improve to 4-6 on the year (3-4 SEC). The No. 18 Razorbacks fall to 5-7 with a 2-5 mark in the conference.

Georgia rallied to take the lead with a 9.95 by Marino in the fourth spot on floor. Then Arkansas tied the meet with a 9.9 on its last routine of the night. Georgia needed a 9.85 by Box to win, and her career-high 9.95 clinched the Gymdog victory.

“We’ve been talking about finishing strong,” head coach Danna Durante said. “Let’s fight all the way until the end. That’s kind of been our message the whole year. We’ve had adversity quite a bit throughout every meet. And every week, they are continuing to fight, and I think that’s important. They took a huge step in the right direction.”

Chelsea Davis propelled the Gymdogs to an early lead with a career-high 9.95 on vault.Brittany Rogers added a 9.9 in the closing spot. After one rotation, Georgia held a 49.275-49.075 advantage.

The duo of Davis and Rogers paced the Gymdogs on bars with scores of 9.9 and 9.95, respectively. Kiera Brown and Sarah Persinger earned a pair if 9.85s, and freshman Hayley Sanders competed for the first time in her career in the closing spot. After the Razorback’s 49.275 on vault, Georgia led 98.550-98.350 at the halfway mark.

On beam, Vivi Babalis scored a career-high 9.875 and Rogers tallied a season-best 9.925, but Georgia was forced to count a fall in the rotation. Arkansas posted a 49.2 on floor, and the Gymdogs trailed 147.550-147.225 heading into the final rotation.

Persinger ignited Georgia’s comeback performance on floor with a 9.9, tying her career high.Morgan Reynolds and Babalis also added a pair of 9.875s, which marked a season-high for Reynolds and a career-high for Babalis.

Saturday’s meet served as Alumni Night, and the 2005 team was honored, as well as Distinguished Alumni of the Year Emily Bridgers.

“Just hearing the alumni, they were amazing tonight,” Persinger said. “It was exciting feeling like I was competing for them and enveloped in that tradition. It was a wonderful environment, especially there at the end on floor. I couldn’t believe the roar, and at the end of my floor routine, I just held that pose and took it all in. It was the most incredible feeling.”

Prior to the meet, Brandie Jay sustained a left ankle injury during warmups and was not able to compete.

Georgia will return to action for its final home meet of the regular season next Saturday against undefeated and fourth-ranked Utah at 4 p.m. ET. The meet will broadcast live on the SEC Network +.

Team Results

  1. Georgia – 196.775 (VT- 49.275, UB- 49.275, BB- 48.675, FX- 49.550)
  2. Arkansas – 196.650 (VT- 49.275, UB- 49.075, BB- 49.100, FX- 49.200)

Vault

Natalie Vaculik – 9.800, Beth Roberts – 9.775, Gigi Marino – 9.800, Chelsea Davis – 9.950,Ashlyn Broussard – 9.825, Brittany Rogers – 9.900

Bars

Natalie Vaculik – 9.725, Sarah Persinger – 9.850, Kiera Brown – 9.850, Chelsea Davis – 9.900,Brittany Rogers – 9.950, Hayley Sanders – 9.700

Beam

Natalie Vaculik – 9.775, Kiera Brown – 9.300, Vivi Babalis – 9.875, Brittany Rogers – 9.925,Ashlyn Broussard – 9.125, Mary Beth Box – 9.800

Floor

Sarah Persinger – 9.900, Morgan Reynolds – 9.875, Kiera Brown – 9.825, Gigi Marino – 9.950,Vivi Babalis -9.875, Mary Beth Box – 9.950

Credit UGA Sports.

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