Georgia, Minnesota, Arkansas, and Michigan State all traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to compete in the Elevate the Stage meet, and the meet came down to the wire, with the top three teams all separated by .35.

The title ultimately went to Georgia, whose impressive floor rotation boosted them above the rest. Georgia senior Sydney Snead led the way, scoring a 39.6 in the all around and posting a huge 9.950 on vault to go along with a pair of 9.900s on beam and floor and a 9.850 on bars. Snead’s 9.950 was the high score of Georgia’s 49.175 vault rotation, while sophomore Alexa Al-Hameed led the way on bars with a 9.900 of her own. Junior Sabrina Vega posted a 9.900 along with Snead on balance beam, leading the team to a solid 49.325 rotation total and building momentum for floor. Georgia’s 49.575 floor score was the highest rotation total of the meet for any team, with a pair of 9.950s from Vega and Rachel Dickson, a 9.925 from freshman Rachael Lukacs, and the 9.900 from Snead all making the rotation the clear best of the night for Georgia and leading them to their final winning total of 197.35.

Sabrina Vega performs on the floor exercise for the Georgia Bulldogs at the Elevate the Stage meet in Birmingham, Alabama/Georgia Athletics

Finishing .325 behind Georgia and just edging out Arkansas, Minnesota finished second after a very solid performance resulting in a 197.025. Minnesota was consistent across all four events and was led by a pair of all-around competitors, Lexy Ramler and Ona Loper, who both posted big scores on all four events. Loper’s 9.875 was the high score of Minnesota’s 49.15 vault rotation, and Ramler’s 9.900 the high of the following 49.175 team total on bars. Minnesota was solid on beam for a 49.225, but floor was the real highlight of the meet. Paige Williams posted the highest score of the meet with her 9.975 routine and led Minnesota to their highest rotation total of the night, a 49.475.

Just .025 out of second, Arkansas came up just short but still finished with a huge score of 197.0. Similarly to Georgia and Minnesota, Arkansas’ best rotation of the night came on floor, where they scored a 49.4. Sophia Carter led the team with a 9.925, with Sarah Shaffer also contributing a 9.900 to help lead the floor squad to a huge number. Carter posted another 9.900 on beam, where Arkansas hit six for six routines, to help the Razorbacks score a 49.25 on the event. A 9.925 from Michaela Burton and a pair of 9.900s from Sydney Laird and Kennedy Hambrick led a 49.275 rotation on bars, and Arkansas’ one weaker event was vault, where they totaled just a 48.975.

Rounding out the pack was Michigan State, who struggled on beam but otherwise had a very solid meet to score a 195.025. Just like the other three teams, Michigan State’s best rotation came on floor, where a 9.900 from Gabriella Douglas led a 49.2 rotation total. All four teams have had very exciting seasons so far and will be looking to move up in the standings over these last few weeks.

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