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No. 14 Auburn Gymnastics Falls Short to No. 3 Alabama


AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 14 Auburn gymnastics team fell to No. 3 Alabama,195.650-195.200, in front of 6,537 fans at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum Friday, in the season opener for both squads.

"It's a familiar story. Alabama is a good team," said Auburn head coach Jeff Thompson. "I'm really proud of our kids. We had a couple of kids that we wanted to use, but we didn't because it's a long season. The ones that we put into the lineup to replace them, they all did a great job."

Sophomore Allyson Sandusky had the high-score for the Tigers in the first rotation on vault, with a 9.800. Sandusky was followed by newcomer Toi Garcia who registered a 9.775. As a team, Auburn tallied a 48.775 in the event to Alabama's 48.825 on bars heading into the second rotation.

The Crimson Tide was paced by Ashley Sledge's 9.825 as well as Geralyn Stack-Eaton's 9.800.

In the second rotation, Auburn found themselves on the uneven bars, and once again was paced by Sandusky who scored a 9.825 as the anchor in the event. Freshman Petrina Yokay, competing in her first collegiate meet, had a 9.800. The Tigers totaled a 48.925 to Alabama's 49.150 on vault. Alabama registered three scores higher than 9.825 on the vault, highlighted by Morgan Dennis' 9.900.

On the third, Auburn was on beam, and matched its meet-high score of 48.925. A pair of Tigers in junior Rachel Inniss and Shields each scored 9.825's, while Sandusky continued her solid performance on the night with a 9.800.

With Alabama on floor in third rotation, the Crimson Tide scored a 48.750 to move their total to 146.725 to Auburn's 146.625 after the third rotation.

Auburn found themselves on the floor exercise in the final rotation, with Katie Hurley and Inniss hitting 9.775's. Shields marked a 9.750 to give Auburn a floor total of 48.575 to Alabama's 48.925 on bars. The turning point of the meet came with Alabama holding a slim .050 advantage with the Crimson Tide's final competitor, Dennis taking the beam. The All-American scored a 9.825 put the meet out of reach.

Shields was Auburn's top all-around competitor, coming in fourth with a score of 39.050, while Krissy Voss came in sixth with a 38.750. Stack-Eaton was the top all-around scorer in the meet with a 39.225 as Alabama had the top-three competitors in the event.

Auburn returns to action next Friday, Jan. 15 as the Tigers host ninth-ranked Oklahoma. The meet will serve as Auburn's annual "Flip for the Cure" night, with the Tigers sporting pink leotards. Additionally, "Flip for the Cure" t-shirts will on sale for $10 with all proceeds benefitting East Alabama Medical Center. Fans in attendance wearing a "Flip for the Cure" shirt will be admitted free of charge. The meet is slated for a 7 p.m. start from Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.


Uneven Bars - 48.925
Krissy Voss - 9.725
Carmen Nelms
- 9.75
Petrina Yokay - 9.8
Kylie Shields - 9.775
Kendall Swartz - 9.775
Allyson Sandusky - 9.825

Vault - 48.775
Kylie Shields
- 9.7
Krissy Voss - 9.6
Maya Wickus - 9.75
Allyson Sandusky - 9.8
Toi Garcia - 9.775
Justine Foster - 9.75

Floor Exercise - 48.575

Lauren Brzostowski - 9.6
Justine Foster - 9.275
Katie Hurley - 9.775

Kylie Shields - 9.75
Krissy Voss - 9.675
Rachel Inniss - 9.775

Beam - 48.925

Lauren Brzostowski - 9.65
Katie Hurley - 9.725
Krissy Voss - 9.75
Allyson Sandusky - 9.8
Rachel Inniss - 9.825
Kylie Shields - 9.825


Krissy Voss - 38.750
Kylie Shields - 39.050







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