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The Georgia gymnastics team was in third place heading into its third rotation of the final meet of the NCAA Athens Regional Saturday night. As the GymDogs prepared for bars, they needed to overcome California and place at least second in the meet to advance to the NCAA championship meet.

Vega built on scores throughout her three events, vault, beam and floor. A powerful Yurchenko full vault tied a career-high 9.9. Vega’s smooth beam routine earned a 9.925. Vega’s electrifying floor exercise tied another career high at 9.975 and rounded out a solid first showing at regionals.

The largest crowd in the event’s history caused Georgia to be nervous with a shaky start on beam. LSU fans made the one hour-and-fifteen minute trip from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to watch the Tigers win the SEC championship and Georgia finish in fourth place.

The Georgia gymnastics team came into the SEC Championship seeded No. 3 out of eight teams, and found themselves in fourth place with a score of 197 at the conclusion of Saturday night’s meet in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, falling below Alabama who was seeded No. 5.