Missed the NCAA
Championships with a torn left Achilles, which happened during touch warmups
prior to the floor exercise at the NCAA North Central Regional in Denver. She ended her career as a five-time
All-American. In her first three trips
to the post-season, she was always one of Georgia’s top scorers. The second-highest all-around total of her
career came during the 2005 Super Six Finals when her 39.525 helped guide the
Gym Dogs to the national championship.
In 2006, she posted 9.9s on the floor exercise at the SEC Championships
and the Super Six Finals after competing on that event just five times during
the regular season. Senior class
finished with a final record of 130-13-1, three NCAA titles, three SEC
Championships and three NCAA Regional wins. Named to the SEC Academic Honor
Second-Team All-American on bars. SEC Honor Roll. Competed on three events on both days of the NCAA Championships, highlighted by a 9.9 on floor
in the Super Six. Also scored a 9.9 on floor in the SEC Championships. Her only four-event night of the year was against Kentucky when she scored a
career-best 9.9 on bars. A 9.95 on vault at Utah tied her career high. Stepped in for injured Brittany Smith at Alabama to compete her first floor
exercise of the year. Competed in leadoff position on bars and floor at Alabama. Against Oklahoma she was Georgia’s anchor on floor, following her
sister in the lineup for the only time in her career. A recent honoree of the UGA Athletic Association Academic Roundtable.
First-Team All-American on floor and the all-around. Second-Team All-American on the uneven bars. Scored a 39.525 in the all-around in the
Super Six Finals. SEC Honor Roll. Finished second in the all-around and on the floor exercise at the Southeast Regional. Named All-SEC with a
second-place finish at the championship meet in the all-around, vault and beam. Three times in 2005 she competed in two all-arounds in one weekend,
and on all three occasions her score improved from the first competition to the second. Her two-all-around weekends included the NCAA Championships.
Presented with the Kathy McMinn Award (competitive consistency) at the team’s season-ending banquet.
Set her then-all-around career high of 39.425 in the NCAA Super Six finals. One of just two Gym Dogs (Byrd) to compete in the all-around at SECs,
finishing with a 39.350. Set a career high on beam at Michigan with a 9.900. Her 9.950 on vault against LSU was the highest score of her career on any
event. Competed in eight all-arounds and on the same weekend in meets at Florida and vs. Oklahoma she competed on a total of eight events. Scored a
9.85 on each event on her way to a 39.4 in the all-around at Florida.
Club / High School:
Trained at Hill’s Gymnastics under coaches Kelli Hill and Jen Bundy...Earned first-place honors on every event at the 2000 USAIGC Nationals in Florida...
Tallied a 16th All-Around finish at the 2001 US Classics... Finished 13th in the All-Around and seventh on vault at the 2001 USA Championships... Placed
ninth in the All-Around, sixth on floor, seventh on vault and eighth on beam the 2002 American Classics... Became a member of the National Team with a
10th place finish in the All-Around and seventh-place honors on beam at the 2002 USA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.
Born: Oct. 24, 1984. Daughter of Mark, a sales manager, and Patti, a gymnastics teacher...Has two brothers Mark (21) and Christopher (16) and one sister, Courtney (18), now a freshman with the Gym Dogs...Graduated from Gaithersburg High School in Maryland...Intended major is Fashion
Merchandising/Graphic Design at Georgia. Recipient of the Don Leebern, Jr. and Don Leebern, III Scholarship