The number six Georgia Bulldogs traveled to Auburn for an exciting SEC rivalry clash, with both teams coming off of great performances last week.
Inside an electric and loud Auburn Arena, the home Tigers started off strong on vault, with all six athletes scoring 9.825 or better and Gracie Day scoring a 9.900 to help them score a 49.25 and start strong. Georgia began on bars, typically one of their strongest events, and struggled a bit with just two routines going 9.800 or higher, starting off with just a 48.8 after struggles from Alexa Al-Hameed and a fall from Rachael Lukacs.
Auburn kept the momentum going on the uneven bars, with Day again leading the way with a 9.750. On the bars, Auburn went six for six again, proving their consistency, something the Tigers keyed in on this off-season after an extremely up-and-down 2018. Georgia rebounded from the struggle on bars with a huge vault rotation, using a trio of 9.900s from senior Sydney Snead and juniors Rachel Dickson and Sabrina Vega to score a huge 49.4 and help keep the Gymdogs stay in the competition.
In the third rotation, Auburn kept up the consistency on the balance beam, again with all six gymnasts hitting their routines with confidence. A 9.875 from Meredeth Sylvia on her sole event led the Tigers on the event, and Auburn again scored over a 49 with a 49.175. Georgia had a few uncharacteristic landing errors on floor, but Vega anchored with a huge routine for 9.925 to help Georgia salvage a 48.925 on the event.
Auburn took full advantage of the opportunity to upset Georgia with their final rotation, finishing off their meet with yet another completely hit rotation, making it through the meet without a single fall or major error. Freshman phenom Derrian Gobourne came through with a huge 9.950 to anchor the meet for the Tigers, finishing off an incredible day for Auburn and sealing the victory.
Auburn’s final score of 196.775 was out of reach for Georgia, who finished well on beam but came up short with a 196.4 final score. Vega again led the Georgia rotation on beam, scoring another 9.925, while Gobourne won the all-around for Auburn with a 39.375, two very respectable and positive results for these teams.Tags: Alexa-Al Hameed, Auburn, Auburn Tigers, Derrian Gobourne, Georgia, Georgia Bulldogs, Gracie Day, Meredith Sylvia, NCAA Gymnastics, Rachael Lukacs, Rachel Dickson, Sabrina Vega, Sydney Snead