It was a thrillingly close meet when the Georgia Bulldogs competed on the road at Missouri and defeated the home team, 196.300-195.900.

The Gymdogs posted a 48.725 on bars in the first rotation to trail Mizzou who totaled a 48.875 on vault. Georgia’s Rachel Dickson scored an impressive 9.900 to take the even title on bars, however, two low scores from former Everest elite gymnasts, Marissa Oakley and Emily Schild, was Georgia’s downfall on the bars. A series of scores in the 9.800 range on vault from Gabrielle Gottula, Madeleine Huber, and Aspen Tucker, allowed the Tigers to take an early lead at home in Columbia.

The meet was tied up after the second rotation when the Bulldogs posted a big 49.300 on vault and the Tigers answered with a 49.150 on bars, for both teams to total a 98.025. For Georgia, this was made possible by a a huge 9.975 from Dickson and a 9.900 from Sydney Snead and Rachael Lukacs. On the opposing side, Huber posted a 9.900 to contribute to Missouri’s total.

Sabrina Vega performs on the floor exercise for the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Georgia/The Red and Black

The Bulldogs were able to pull ahead after the third rotation when they posted a 49.100 on floor. Another 9.900 from Dickson and three other routines scoring above 9.800 ultimately allowed the Bulldogs to separate themselves from Missouri, who posted a 48.600 on beam.

Despite a valiant effort in the final rotation, the Tigers, who posted a huge 49.275 on floor, were unable to surpass the Gymdogs when they totaled a 49.175 on beam. A huge 9.925 from Aspen Tucker highlighted the last rotation for Missouri, however, it ultimately was not enough to secure the win against the number six team in the nation in Georgia.

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