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Saturday, March 14, 2009

UGA Sports Weekend Wrap-Up

Around the horn of Georgia sports, courtesy of UGA Athletics Dept. releases...


Sparked by a perfect 10.0 from Grace Taylor, the No. 1-ranked Georgia gymnastics team won a decisive meet on Senior Night over the No. 14-ranked Michigan Wolverines Saturday night at Stegeman Coliseum.

In front of a crowd of 10,225 on Saturday, the Gym Dogs posted a 197.400-195.825 victory over the Wolverines.

Courtney Kupets posted a 39.7 to win the all-around for the 10th meet this season as the Gym Dogs moved to 12-0 for the season.

Saturday night's meet was the final home meet in the 26-year career of head coach Suzanne Yoculan, who has led Georgia to nine NCAA titles and 16 SEC titles to date.

"It has been a journey," Yoculan said. "Life is about opportunities and chances and I have been blessed to have the success and support to build a program here. It's amazing 26 years have gone by but gymnastics is just a sport and not the most important thing in life. It's the experiences and relationships with the athletes that I will miss the most, and I am confident Jay Clark will continue to build this successful program."


Brandon May went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and six RBI to lead Alabama to an 11-5 victory over No. 1 Georgia in game two of a double header as the Crimson Tide won both games of the twinbill Saturday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Alabama won the first game, 9-5, to snap Georgia's 14-game winning streak.

"We didn't do much of anything today," said head coach David Perno. "We hit a couple of three-run homers and that was it. We had 12 walks in two games. It was very disappointing. We need to see how we respond tomorrow."


The top-ranked Georgia men's golf team improved to seventh place after round two of the Southern Highlands Collegiate.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs shot a four-under-par 284 at the Southern Highland Golf Club to move to 11-over 587. Georgia is 26 shots behind No. 3 Oklahoma State, who is leading the tournament at 15-under 561.

Sophomore Russell Henley led Georgia's second-round effort with a 3-under 69. Senior Adam Mitchell signed for a 2-under 70, followed by sophomore Harris English at 1-under 71, and senior Brian Harman had a 2-over 74. Hudson Swafford had the Bulldogs' non-counting score of 10-over 82. Freshman Will Kropp, playing as an individual, carded an even-par 72.


On the second day of the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships Saturday afternoon at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Tennessee, Georgia diver Hannah Moore finished sixth in the 1-meter springboard final and was also able to qualify for the women's NCAA Championships beginning Thursday.

Moore finished fifth during Friday's 3-meter springboard final, and if any of those four divers finished in the top four during Saturday's final, she would advance to the NCAA meet. Two of those divers finished in the top four Saturday, giving Moore one of the 11 spots allocated to Zone B for the NCAA Championships.

Moore was one of three Georgia divers to advance to Saturday's finals session, finishing with a combined prelim and final score of 537.05 and sixth place overall. Lady Bulldog junior Lexie Bryant recorded a preliminary score of 240.25 and finished in 21st place, three spots out of the finals.


Seventh-ranked Georgia softball defeated 20th-ranked LSU, 6-5, in game one of an SEC double header on Saturday afternoon at the UGA Softball Stadium, and game two was suspended in the top of the fourth until 11 a.m. ET Sunday due to rain.

Sophomores Taylor Schlopy and Megan Wiggins led the Bulldogs to victory in game one, the Bulldogs' first Southeastern Conference home contest this season. Schlopy went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs, and Wiggins went 1-for-2 with a home run and three runs-batted in.

Georgia improved to 16-4 overall and 1-2 in SEC play with the win, while LSU fell to 15-6 overall and 2-2 in league action. Sophomore Sarah McCloud earned the victory to go to 8-1 on the year after working 6.2 innings, and senior Christie Hamilton struck out the final Tiger batter to pick up her first save of the season. LSU's Cody Trahan suffered her first loss of the season to fall 5-1.


Georgia track and field completed the NCAA Indoor Championships in a tie for 53rd place with two All-Americans on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

Senior Justin Gaymon earned the fifth All-America certificate of his career after finishing ninth in the 400-meter dash since the event's winner, Wake Forest's Michael Bingham, is a foreign student-athlete.

As a team, the Bulldogs scored two points to tie with four other teams for 53rd place. Oregon (54 points) cruised to the men's title after topping Florida (36) by 18 points. Tennessee (42) edged Texas A&M (37) to capture the women's team championship.

"This was just one of those weekends where not a lot of things went our way," said head coach Wayne Norton. "We didn't have this type of finish in mind. But now we have to get our minds on the outdoor season and try to move past and improve on everything we did during the indoor season."

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