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No. 16 Tigers Finish With 196.250 in Loss to No. 6 Kentucky
Jan. 26, 2018



AUBURN, Ala. -- The No. 16 Auburn gymnastics team put together a 196.250 in Auburn Arena Friday night, falling to No. 6 Kentucky's 196.700. The Tigers move to 2-4 on the season with a 1-3 record in the Southeastern Conference.

"I think it's obvious that we went through a lot of adversity out there," head coach Jeff Graba said. "I think it's amazing that we can walk away from this frustrated by our performance, but still have a 196.25. It just says that we need to get our act together. If we do, we're one of the better teams in the country."

The second rotation had the Tigers reach a season-best on bars, scoring a 49.350 as a team. Junior Samantha Cerio picked up her fourth-straight event title as she tied a season high with a 9.9. Redshirt junior Abby Milliet followed with a season-best 9.875, while freshman Drew Watson set a career best with another 9.875. Junior Taylor Krippner, competing in the event for the first time this season, put together a 9.85 with sophomore Gracie Day also adding a 9.85.

Auburn kicked off the meet on vault and came away with a 49.050. Day and freshman Jada Glenn each earned a 9.85, while junior A'Miracal Phillips reached a season-best 9.8. Sophomore Katie Becker and Krippner added a 9.775 apiece to the team score.

Rotation three moved the youthful Tigers to beam where a pair of freshmen highlighted the event. Allie Riddle led off with a career-best 9.85 and classmate Meredith Sylvia added another 9.85 in the third slot. Milliet took home even title with a season high 9.9 and redshirt sophomore Emma Slappey added a 9.675 to the overall score.

The final rotation saw some last minute changes to the lineup for Auburn as a pair of freshmen in Ashley Smith and Watson were plugged into the event. Smith led off with a career-best 9.85, while Milliet anchored with another 9.9 for another title. That score set a career high for the Denton, Texas, product. Cerio added a 9.875 and Becker chipped in a 9.75. Watson's 9.4 contributed to the team total.

Auburn remains on the Plains, hosting No. 5 Florida in a SEC meet next Friday, Feb. 2. The Tigers take on the Gators at 6 p.m. CT in Auburn Arena and the contest will be televised on SEC Network.

Auburn Results

Vault Bars
49.050 49.350
Katie Becker 9.775 Drew Watson 9.875
A'Miracal Phillips 9.800 Taylor Krippner 9.850
Taylor Krippner 9.775 Kendal Moss 9.825
Drew Watson 9.325 Abby Milliet 9.875
Gracie Day 9.850 Gracie Day 9.850
Jada Glenn 9.850 Abby Milliet 9.900
Beam Floor
49.075 48.775
Allie Riddle 9.850 Ashley Smith 9.850
Samantha Cerio 9.800 Skyler Sheppard 9.175
Meredith Sylvia 9.850 Katie Becker 9.750
Emma Slappey 9.675 Samantha Cerio 9.875
Abby Milliet 9.900 Drew Watson 9.400
Taylor Krippner 9.075 Abby Milliet 9.900
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