ATHENS — Congratulations to the Georgia Gymdogs for an incredible upset victory over No. 1-ranked Florida on Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
It was well-earned and well-needed. Georgia (3-3, 3-1 SEC), which came in ranked 11th, came from behind to record the narrow win 196.400-196.350 in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,224 at Stegeman Coliseum. It was the Gymdogs’ first win over the Gators since the 2009 season when they went on to win the national championship — and likely the biggest since then.
“This win is a tremendous confidence booster,” Georgia coach Danna Durante told reporters afterward. “It just goes to show you the meet is never over. You never take yourself out of it. You have times when you struggle, no question, but it’s how you react to that. Are you going to bounce back or are you going to let it keep you down? That’s what this team is made of. This team is capable of anything.”
The Gymdogs tied or bettered five career highs on floor, including three consecutive 9.95s from Brittany Rogers, Gigi Marino and Mary Beth Box, to knock off the top-ranked Gators. Trailing after three rotations, Georgia posted a season-best score of 49.650 on floor to seal the victory.
It was the first loss of the season for the defending national champion Gators. They fall to 4-1 with a 2-1 mark in the conference.