No. 9 Kentucky gymnastics falls to No. 13 Georgia on the road


Raena Worley performs her bars routine during the Florida vs. Kentucky gymnastics meet on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Kentucky. UK lost 197.350-97.575. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Colton Johnson, Reporter

No. 9 Kentucky gymnastics (3-2) was defeated by No. 13 Georgia on the road this weekend at Stageman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia.

The Cats came up just short against the Bulldogs, losing by less than a point. Kentucky amassed a final score of 196.575 while Georgia tallied up at 197.225.

Kentucky came out of the gates on the uneven bars with a handful of Wildcats stacking up points for the team.

Junior Hailey Davis led off the event, scoring a 9.775, while Wildcat senior Raena Worley scored the highest of the Cats’ performances on the bar with a season high of 9.875.

Sophomore Annie Reigert scored a career-high on the bars posting a 9.825.

The Wildcats then took their turn on vault with fifth-year senior Arianna Patterson scoring a team-high 9.875, yet Kentucky posted season lows as a whole on consecutive events.

Worley, along with sophomore Makenzie Wilson both scored a 9.825 as Wilson tied her season high on the event.

Isabella Magnelli and Worley both scored a respectable 9.900 as Kentucky took its turn on the floor with Magnelli posting a season high.

Kentucky rounded out the night on the balance beam with both Patterson and Magnelli putting up high scores. Patterson posted a personal best of 9.950 while Magnelli was not far behind with a 9.925, tying her career high.

Worley led the Wildcats once again with an overall score of 39.450 as she placed in the top five in all four events.

Patterson posted team high scores in both balance beam and vault, taking home the overall balance beam title.

Despite Kentucky’s successes, the Cats failed to win a single event as Georgia led across the board.

Kentucky finished the night posting season lows in both uneven bars and vault, leading to its first loss in the SEC.

Kentucky will look to get back on track as they head home to host No. 11 Alabama at Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. EST.