The University of Georgia gymnastics team(6-9, 1-5 SEC), the No. 18 Gymdogs, traveled to Duluth, GA after an unexpected delay left them out of a venue to hold their meet against the No. 17 University of Arkansas(3-7, 1-5 SEC).
Stegman Coliseum, home of the Gymdogs, has been closed until further notice after a piece of concrete fell from the ceiling on Wednesday, March 1st. The almost-60-year-old arena that holds various events is undergoing repairs with no known end date.
The Arkansas Razorbacks and Georgia Gymdogs met in Duluth, GA, about 45 miles from the UGA Athens campus, at the Gas South Arena. Gas South Arena will also be the venue for Georgia’s next scheduled home meet against Michigan and the SEC championship in the next two upcoming weekends.
This meeting between the two SEC teams was exciting for anyone there. The two were neck and neck with scores in each event. The Gymdogs bested the Razorbacks in the floor event, while the Razorbacks dominated in vault and beam. The two tied in bars, but overall the Arkansas Razorbacks won the day with an overall score of 197.150. Georgia ended with an overall score of 196.875.
Freshman Naya Howard,out of Virginia, continues to impress. She came into the meet ranked 33rd. With an all-around score of 39.425, she improved her NQS average of 39.356. Howard is also the second-best all-around freshman in the Southeastern Conference.
The Gymdogs are set to face Michigan Friday, March 10 at 7:00 pm at the Gas South Arena. They will look to improve their record before heading into the SEC Championship on March 18th.