AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 17 Auburn gymnastics team put together its best performance of the season so far, scoring a 197 Friday night in Auburn Arena. The No. 5 Florida Gators edged the Tigers with a 197.4 to take the team win.
“That was a lot of fun and it was nice to actually watch the team settle down and do what we asked them to do,” head coach Jeff Graba said. “Basically, the mission tonight was to go all four events and try to stay in our mentality. This group is really good when they’re having fun. I know we left a little bit on the table so we can still improve, but a really good night overall.”
Auburn (2-5, 1-3 SEC) set team-best scores in three of the four events, while 12 individual scores recorded were either season or career bests.
The Tigers kicked off the meet with a season-high 49.350 on vault and had five student-athletes reach new heights. Sophomore Gracie Day highlighted the rotation with a career-high 9.925, while freshman Jada Glenn anchored the event with a career score of 9.9. Freshman Drew Watson and junior Taylor Krippner each tied their career highs, having a 9.875 and 9.85, respectively. Sophomore Katie Becker led off the meet with a season-best 9.8.
Auburn moved on to bars and put together a 49.150 in the event. Junior Samantha Cerio continued her steady streak for the Tigers, scoring another 9.9 in the anchor slot to tie her season high. Day reached another career mark for the squad, earning 9.925. Sophomore Kendal Moss chipped in a 9.85, while Krippner added a 9.75 and Watson a 9.725
Rotation three sent the Tigers to beam where AU reached a season-best, 49.225. Redshirt junior Abby Milliet continued her solid ways on the apparatus, leading the team with a 9.9. Redshirt sophomore Emma Slappey tied her career best with a 9.875, while freshman Allie Riddle tied her career score of 9.85 in the leadoff spot. Freshman Meredith Sylvia and Krippner added a 9.8 apiece.
Auburn’s 49.275 on floor was its final season high score of the night for the team. Day once again led the charge, tying a career high with a 9.9. Milliet anchored with a 9.875, while Slappey chipped in a season-best 9.85. Watson earned a career-high 9.825, while freshman Ashley Smith led the event off with a 9.825.
The Tigers take to the road for a full weekend, going against a pair of opponents away from the Plains. Auburn first visits Arkansas for an SEC Meet, Feb. 9, in Fayetteville before facing Texas Woman's University Sunday, Feb. 11, in Denton, Texas.
|Katie Becker||9.800||Drew Watson||9.725|
|A'Miracal Phillips||9.775||Taylor Krippner||9.750|
|Taylor Krippner||9.850||Kendal Moss||9.850|
|Drew Watson||9.875||Abby Milliet||9.625|
|Gracie Day||9.925||Gracie Day||9.925|
|Jada Glenn||9.900||Samantha Cerio||9.900|
|Allie Riddle||9.850||Ashley Smith||9.825|
|Samantha Cerio||9.775||Drew Watson||9.825|
|Meredith Sylvia||9.800||Samantha Cerio||9.750|
|Emma Slappey||9.875||Emma Slappey||9.850|
|Abby Milliet||9.900||Gracie Day||9.900|
|Taylor Krippner||9.800||Abby Milliet||9.875|