Georgia at Florida
|Full Results||Florida: 197.250||Georgia: 196.075|
|VT: Thomas 9.900||UB: Thomas 9.950||BB: Clapper 9.925||FX: Reed 9.975||AA: de Jong 39.175|
The Big Storyline: Florida looked a little more vulnerable than last week, but it still opened its home slate with a 197-plus score. The Gators, however, made a big statement before the meet when several gymnasts kneeled for the national anthem in solidarity with social justice movements. As for Georgia, the Gymdogs had a great meet on the leg events but struggled on beam, thanks in part to some unusual absences.
Implications: After strong debuts last week, Mikayla Magee and Victoria Nguyen were absent and limited, respectively, in Georgia’s lineups. Nguyen was apparently injured during floor warmups. It’s unclear when these gymnasts will return to their typical lineups.
Records: Nya Reed earned a career high of 9.975 on floor.
Current Rankings: No. 7 Georgia at No. 1 Florida
Why You Should Cancel Plans for It: The top team in the country opens its home slate against Georgia, whose debut last week was its most impressive start in some time. Georgia could be a sleeper favorite in the SEC this season, and a hot performance in Gainesville could cement that status.
What We’re Watching: Trinity Thomas had a nearly perfect vault at Auburn last week, so she will be on 10 watch for that event, if not others. Coming off an impressive first showing on all four events, Georgia freshman Victoria Nguyen could make the all around competition interesting.
What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: In injury news, Georgia junior Rachael Lukacs did not compete last week due to a broken finger. She was seen training beam this week on social media, but it is unclear when she will return to lineups.
- Video Type: SECN+
- Video: https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/76dd7ff6-7a8b-4fb6-85ac-566296209dc5#bucketId=1
- Scores: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=324893
- Live Blog: http://collegegymnews.com/2021/01/15/live-blog-no-7-georgia-at-no-1-florida/
- Live Blog Editor: Claire