Georgia Gym Dogs

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Georgia Bulldogs gymnastics
Coliseum Training Facility Georgia Gymnastics.jpg
Founded 1981
University University of Georgia
Conference SEC
Location Athens, Georgia
Head coach Danna Durante (1st year)
Home arena Stegeman Coliseum (Capacity: 10,523)
Nickname Georgia Gymdogs
Colors Red and Black[1]
         
National Championships
10
(1987, 1989, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Super Six Appearances
20
(1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016)
NCAA Regional Champions
24
(1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015)
NCAA Tournament Appearances
32
(1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Conference Champions
16
(1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)

The Georgia Gymdogs[2] (officially the Georgia Bulldogs) is the women's gymnastics team of the University of Georgia. The team is part of NCAA Division I and competes in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gymdogs compete in Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia.

The Gymdogs lead the nation with 10 NCAA Women's Gymnastics championship titles (including five consecutive wins from 2005–09) and 16 SEC championships. The team was coached by Suzanne Yoculan from 1983–2009 and by Jay Clark from 2009–12, and is currently coached by Danna Durante.

History[edit]

The women's gymnastics program was started in 1973 with Melinda Airhart as the head coach, and the team competed in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). After the 1979–80 season, the team began competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) following the dissolution of the AIAW.[3][4]

On July 1, 2009, Suzanne Yoculan retired after 26 years as head coach, and Clark, her assistant coach, took over as head of the program.[5][6][7] In 2012, Clark was replaced by Durante.

Championships[edit]

As of 2012, the team had won 10 NCAA Women's Gymnastics championships.[8][9] As of 2012, it had also won 16 Southeastern Conference titles (1986, '87, '91, '92, '93, '94, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2001, '02, '04, '05, '06, '08)[10][11] and 22 NCAA regional titles.[10][12][13]

Georgia Bulldogs Team NCAA National Championships
Year National Champion Score Runner-up Score Location
1987 Georgia 187.900 Utah Red Rocks 187.550 Jon M. Huntsman Center,
Salt Lake City, Utah
1989 Georgia 192.650 UCLA Bruins 192.600 Stegeman Coliseum,
Athens, Georgia
1993 Georgia 198.000 Alabama Crimson Tide 196.825 Gill Coliseum,
Corvallis, Oregon
1998 Georgia 197.725 Florida Gators 196.350 Pauley Pavilion,
Los Angeles, California
1999 Georgia 196.850 Michigan Wolverines 196.550 Jon M. Huntsman Center,
Salt Lake City, Utah
2005 Georgia 197.825 Alabama Crimson Tide 197.400 Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum,
Auburn, Alabama
2006 Georgia 197.750 Utah Red Rocks 196.800 Gill Coliseum,
Corvallis, Oregon
2007 Georgia 197.850 Utah Red Rocks 197.250 Jon M. Huntsman Center,
Salt Lake City, Utah
2008 Georgia 197.450 Utah Red Rocks 197.125 Stegeman Coliseum,
Athens, Georgia
2009 Georgia 197.825 Alabama Crimson Tide 197.575 Bob Devaney Sports Center,
Lincoln, Nebraska

NCAA individual event champions[edit]

As of the end of the 2016 season, 20 Georgia gymnasts have won a total of 42 individual event championships.[10][14]

Georgia Bulldogs Individual NCAA Championship Titles
Gymnast Balance Beam Vault Uneven Bars Floor Exercise All-Around
Brittany Rogers 2016
Brandie Jay 2016
Kat Ding 2011, 2012 2012
Courtney McCool 2008
Grace Taylor 2008
Courtney Kupets 2006, 2009 2007 2006, 2009 2009 2006, 2007, 2009
Cory Fritzinger 2001
Suzanne Sears 2000
Karin Lichey 1998
Kim Arnold 1998 1997, 1998
Jenni Beathard 1998 1997
Leah Brown 1996 1997
Leslie Angeles 1995
Lori Strong 1994
Agina Simpkins 1993
Heather Stepp 1992, 1993 1993
Hope Spivey 1991 1991, 1994 1991
Kelly Macy 1991
Corrinne Wright 1989 1989
Lucy Wener 1986, 1987, 1989

Coaches[edit]

Head coaching records[edit]

The team has had seven head coaches.

Name Seasons W – L – T Win %
1 Melinda Airhart 1973 – 1976 14 – 15 – 0 0.483
2 Andy Long 1976 – 1979 33 – 12 – 0 0.733
3 Terri Parsons Richie 1979 – 1981 28 – 6 – 0 0.823
4 Rick Walton 1981 – 1983 45 – 31 – 0 0.592
5 Suzanne Yoculan 1983 – 2009 831 – 117 – 7 0.870
6 Jay Clark 2009 – 2012 6 – 7 – 0 0.462
7 Danna Durante 2012 – Present 6 – 5 – 1 0.545

Other coaches currently working in the gym include Jay Hogue and Philip Ogletree.

Roster[edit]

2015–16[15]
Name Height Year Hometown Club
Jasmine Arnold 5-3 SO Murfreesboro, TN Elite Energy Gymnastics
Vivi Babalis 5-1 SO Montreal, Quebec Gymnix
Mary Beth Box 5-2 SR Calhoun, GA Cartersville Twisters
Caroline Bradford 5-5 FR Prairieville, LA Cypress Pointe
Ashlyn Broussard 5-1 JR Plano, TX WOGA
Gracie Cherrey 5-4 FR Woodbury, MN Twin City Twisters
Brandie Jay 5-3 SR Fort Collins, CO GK's Gymnastics
Lauren Johnson 5-3 JR Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Gymnastics Center
Gigi Marino 4-10 SO Scottsdale, AZ Desert Devils
Morgan Reynolds 5-1 JR Athens, GA Georgia Elite Gymnastics
Beth Roberts 5-4 JR Tifton, GA Tift Gymnastics Academy
Brittany Rogers 5-6 SR Coquitlam, British Columbia Flicka Gymnastics
Hayley Sanders 5-1 SO McKinney, TX WOGA
Rachel Schick 5-1 JR Rancho Cucamonga, CA Charter Oak Gymnastics
Sydney Snead 5-2 FR Raleigh, NC Sonshine Gymnastics
Natalie Vaculik 5-2 SO Whitby, Ontario Gemini Gymnastics

Home venue[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Color Palette–Brand Identity Guidelines" (PDF). University of Georgia Athletics. 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2015-10-31. 
  2. ^ http://www.secsportsfan.com/georgia-bulldogs-gymnastics.html
  3. ^ Rossiter. Following the 1982-83 season Walton was replaced by Suzanne Yoculan., Erin (December 4, 2006). "Page-flipping gymnastics: Coach Suzanne Yoculan relates ups, downs and details of her successful women's program at UGA". Athens Banner-Herald. Morris Communications. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Year by Year" (PDF). GeorgiaDogs.com. University of Georgia. Retrieved 2008-03-25. [dead link]
  5. ^ Starrs, Chris (January 8, 2009). "Clark's time to shine". Athens Banner-Herald. Morris Communications. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  6. ^ Clarkson, Roger (September 20, 2009). "Jay Clark era in full swing with mandatory practices". Athens Banner-Herald. Morris Communications. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  7. ^ http://www.georgiadogs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8800&ATCLID=3758550&?DB_OEM_ID=8800
  8. ^ "Gym Dog National Championships". Georgiadogs.com. Retrieved 2008-03-23. [dead link]
  9. ^ "National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics". NCAA. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  10. ^ a b c "SEC Gymnastics History and Records". SECsports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  11. ^ "Georgia Biographies: Suzanne Yoculan". GeorgiaDogs.com. University of Georgia Athletics Association. Retrieved 2007-04-15. [dead link]
  12. ^ "North Central Regional: Georgia takes top spot". NCAA. April 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  13. ^ "Dogs finish first at Regional". Athens Banner-Herald. Morris Communications. April 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  14. ^ "Individual NCAA Champions". Georgiadogs.com. Retrieved 2008-03-30. [dead link]
  15. ^ "2015-16 Roster". Georgia Dogs. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 

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