Georgia Gymdogs

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.

Georgia Gymdogs
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Founded1981
UniversityUniversity of Georgia
Athletic directorJosh Brooks
Head coachCourtney Kupets (3rd season)
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Home arenaStegeman Coliseum (Capacity: 10,523)
NicknameGymdogs
ColorsRed and black[1]
   
National championships
1987, 1989, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Super Six appearances
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016
NCAA Regional championships
1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
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, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
Conference championships
1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

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, Danna Durante from 2012-2017,[3] and is currently coached by Courtney Kupets.[4]

HistoryEdit

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.[5][6]

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.[7][8][9] In 2012, Clark was replaced by Durante.

ChampionshipsEdit

As of 2012, the team had won 10 NCAA Women's Gymnastics championships.[10][11] 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)[12][13] and 22 NCAA regional titles.[12][14][15]

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 championsEdit

 
Georgia's home venue

As of the end of the 2016 season, 20 Georgia gymnasts have won a total of 42 individual event championships.[12][16]

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

CoachesEdit

Head coaching recordsEdit

The team has had eight 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 – 2017 6 – 5 – 1 0.545
8 Courtney Kupets Carter 2017 – Present 0 – 0 – 2 0

Other coaches currently working in the gym include Josh Overton, Jason Vonk, and Katie Heenan-Dodson.

RosterEdit

2021–22[17]
Name Height Year Hometown Club
Rachel Baumann 5–1 SR Plano, TX WOGA
Nhyla Bryant SO Raleigh, NC Raleigh School of Gymnastics
Amanda Cashman 5–2 JR Belle Mead, NJ Arena Gymnastics
Sarah Cohen FR Olney, MD Hill's Gymnastics
Haley de Jong 5-1 JR Vancouver, BC Flicka Gymnastics
Katie Finnegan SO Kings Park, NY APEX Athletics
Maeve Hahn FR Lake Wylie, SC First in Flight
Loulie Hattaway 5–2 JR Blakely, GA Tift Gymnastics Academy
Soraya Hawthorne 4–11 JR Memphis, TN Gymstars Gymnastics
Rachael Lukacs 5–2 SR Hillsborough, NJ North Star Gymnastics
Mikayla Magee 4-10 SR League City, TX Pearland Elite
Riley Milbrandt FR Kings, IL Phenom Gymnastics
Victoria Nguyen SO Houston, TX Everest Gymnastics
Alyssa Perez-Lugones 5–2 SR Duluth, GA Georgia Gymnastics Academy
Megan Roberts 5-4 SR Toronto, ON East York Gymnastics
Emily Schild 5–1 5th Huntersville, NC Everest Gymnastics
Abbey Ward 5-5 SR Winter Garden, FL Orlando Metro Gymnastics

Home venueEdit

Past OlympiansEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ University of Georgia Brand Guide (PDF). June 26, 2019. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "2011 Georgia Bulldogs Gymnastics Preview".
  3. ^ Emerson, Seth. "UGA reaches into its recent past for new gymnastics coach: Courtney Kupets". Dawg Nation.
  4. ^ Georgia Gymnastics [@UGAGymnastics] (9 May 2017). "The new head coach of the Georgia Gym Dogs - @CourtneyKupets!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ 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. Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
  6. ^ "Year by Year" (PDF). GeorgiaDogs.com. University of Georgia. Retrieved 2008-03-25.[dead link]
  7. ^ Starrs, Chris (January 8, 2009). "Clark's time to shine". Athens Banner-Herald. Morris Communications. Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2009.
  8. ^ Clarkson, Roger (September 20, 2009). "Jay Clark era in full swing with mandatory practices". Athens Banner-Herald. Morris Communications. Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  9. ^ http://www.georgiadogs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8800&ATCLID=3758550&?DB_OEM_ID=8800[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Gym Dog National Championships". Georgiadogs.com. Archived from the original on 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
  11. ^ "National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics". NCAA. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  12. ^ a b c "SEC Gymnastics History and Records". SECsports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  13. ^ "Georgia Biographies: Suzanne Yoculan". GeorgiaDogs.com. University of Georgia Athletics Association. Retrieved 2007-04-15.[dead link]
  14. ^ "North Central Regional: Georgia takes top spot". NCAA. April 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
  15. ^ "Dogs finish first at Regional". Athens Banner-Herald. Morris Communications. April 13, 2008. Archived from the original on May 27, 2008. Retrieved April 13, 2008.
  16. ^ "Individual NCAA Champions". Georgiadogs.com. Archived from the original on 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  17. ^ "2020 Gymnastics Roster". Georgia Dogs. Retrieved 17 January 2020.

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