Number seven Georgia traveled down to Gainesville to face off in an SEC rivalry clash with the third-ranked Florida Gators, and the highly-anticipated meet certainly did not lack in excitement. Besides the battle between the Baumann sisters, Rachel of Georgia and Alyssa of Florida, a win for the home Gators would clinch the SEC regular-season championship for Florida.

The home Florida Gators began on the vault, and although they had a stellar six 10.0 start value vaults, the landings were not quite there and they totaled a 49.275, the high score a 9.925 from senior Alicia Boren. Georgia was able to get off to a good start on uneven bars to take the lead after one, dropping a fall from Rachel Dickson with five strong routines to score a 49.3. Sophomore Marissa Oakley anchored Georgia, nailing her routine for a huge 9.950, a highlight of the meet for Gymdogs head coach Courtney Kupets-Carter.

Florida headed to bars in rotation two and were able to take the lead after a strong rotation, with freshman Trinity Thomas anchoring with a huge 9.975. Georgia was solid on vault, with freshman Rachel Lukacs’ huge Yurchenko double full and senior Sydney Snead’s beautiful Yurchenko one-and-a-half the highlights. The score at the halfway point was incredibly close: Florida- 98.675, Georgia 98.65.

Alicia Boren performs on the balance beam for the Florida Gators against the Georgia Bulldogs in Gainesville, Florida/Florida Athletics

In the third rotation, Florida had a few struggles on the balance beam. A rare fall from anchor Alyssa Baumann forced the Gators to count a 9.625 from Megan Skaggs from earlier in the lineup, but the rest of the lineup was great and gave Florida a 49.125 anyways. Lukacs led Georgia with a 9.900 to a strong rotation on floor that gave the Bulldogs the lead heading into the final rotation, with the Gators heading to floor at home and Georgia to beam.

Florida was good on floor to close out the meet, with Thomas scoring a 9.975 and Nya Reed and Boren both scoring 9.925s. It was not enough to overtake Georgia, however, as freshman Rachel Baumann scored a huge 9.925 to win the Baumann sister showdown on the beam and junior Sabrina Vega anchored the beam rotation with a 9.950 to just edge out the home Florida team and take the huge upset win 197.45 to 197.375, a marquee victory for the Gymdogs.

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