Gymnastics ties with No.8 Georgia



By Lindsay Travis | @KyKernelSports

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No. 18 UK gymnastics (4-3-1, 2-2-1 SEC) tied with No. 6 Georgia (5-4-1, 3-0-1 SEC) at Memorial Coliseum on Friday night.

It is the first time in program history that the Cats have avoided defeat against the Bulldogs.

The two teams each totalled 195.825 points to tally the tie, with the score being the Cats’ highest this season.

Junior Audrey Harrison won the individual all-around with a career-high 39.300 for her second straight win and her 8th of the season.

Harrison also finished on in the floor with a season-high 9.900, while sophomore Alexis Gross tied her season high with 9.875 on uneven bars to take third place.

Harrison tied for fourth place on vault with a score of 9.825, matching the totals of sophomore Shelby Hilton and freshman Jill Chappel. The score was a season-high for Harrison and both a season and career high for Chappel.

“All the hard work we’ve been doing is really paying off. We had our chance tonight and we really pushed for it,” Hilton said.

The original final score left the Cats trailing the Bulldogs 195.825-195.800, but after an official inquiry on junior Kayla Hartley’s score on floor exercise. Hartley’s score was changed to 9.825, making the final overall score 195.825-195.825.

“We’ve closed the gap, but we haven’t closed it entirely,” said UK head coach Tim Garrison.  “To go out with a tie is great for our program, but our expectation level is higher than a 195.825. We think we can do better than that. We’re capable of 196-plus and that’s where we’re headed.”

UK is next in action on Friday when the Cats host Missouri in the annual Pink Meet. Start time at Memorial Coliseum is set for 7 p.m.