Feb. 25, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 18 Auburn gymnastics team (3-5, 2-4 SEC) defeated the University of Pittsburgh (3-8, 0-6 EAGL), 195.925-192.650, Friday night at the Auburn Arena before a crowd of 3,522. The Tigers earned their third win of the season and posted a season-high team score, as well as season-high scores on three of their four events.
Auburn also had 14 gymnasts earn career or season-high scores on individual routines, and the Tigers took home all five individual titles for the first time this season.
"We feel like this is actually who we are right now," Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. "We have been waiting to see this. The whole coaching staff knows that we do this on a daily basis, so it's just nice to see them put it out in front of everybody. We feel like we are an extremely competitive team, and when we do a good job on an event, this is what happens. It's fun. I'm excited that the girls finally got to experience what they are capable of."
Auburn began the night with a season-best performance on vault, scoring a 49.125. Sophomore Toi Garcia anchored the event and led the Tigers with a career-high 9.925, allowing her to take home her second vault title of the year.
"I just take it one step at a time, and I don't take anything for granted," Garcia said. "I'm really thankful for what's been happening to me lately. I feel like there are still big things to come, and I'm really just having a lot of fun right now."
Juniors Justine Foster and Kylie Shields each posted a 9.825 on the event, tying Shields' career high and setting her season high. Senior Lauren Brzostowski and junior Allyson Sandusky rounded out the group, each earning a 9.775. Brzostowski tied her career high for the second consecutive week and the fourth time in her career. Sophomore all-arounder Petrina Yokay also added a 9.725. Pittsburgh finished its first rotation on bars with a 48.625.
The Tigers continued to hit all of their routines in the second rotation, posting a team-best 48.950 on bars for the third time this season. Yokay set a season-high 9.925 to lead Auburn and earn her first bars title, followed closely by Sandusky's season-high 9.900. Shields added a 9.725, followed by three scores of 9.700 from Garcia, junior Kareen Kaveh and freshman Abbey Habicht. The 9.700 tied Kaveh's career high, and it was Habicht's first performance on the event. The Panthers finished their second event on vault with a 48.700.
Auburn continued a successful performance and had three gymnasts set career or season highs on beam, despite a couple of falls. Shields led the Tigers with her best performance of the season, earning a 9.900 and tying her career high. Shields also went on to earn her second beam title and the sixth for Auburn this season. Habicht and Brzostowski each posted scores of 9.825, a career high for Habicht and season high for Brzostowski. Sandusky contributed a 9.750, senior Rachel Inniss added a 9.325, while Yokay scored an 8.900. Pittsburgh completed its third rotation on floor with a 47.300.
The Tigers rounded out their best performance of the season with a season-high floor score of 49.225. Auburn also had four gymnasts post career highs on the event, and one gymnast posted a season high. Inniss led the Tigers with a career-high 9.925 and grabbed her fourth floor title. Garcia earned a career-high 9.900, and junior Laura Lane added a career-high 9.850. Yokay, Brzostowski and Foster each had scores of 9.775. The score tied Yokay's career high and led her to her second all-around title of the season. The 9.775 also set a season high for Brzostowski. Pittsburgh finished its last event on beam with a 48.025.
The Tigers return to action next Friday, March 4, as they travel to Provo, Utah, to face BYU at 9 p.m. CT. Auburn will then head to Cedar City, Utah, Monday, March 7 at 9 p.m. CT to take on Southern Utah.
Petrina Yokay - 9.725
Allyson Sandusky - 9.775
Lauren Brzostowski - 9.775 (ties career high)
Kylie Shields - 9.825 (ties career high, set season high)
Justine Foster - 9.825
Toi Garcia - 9.925 (career high)
Total: 49.125 (season high)
Kareen Kaveh - 9.700 (ties career high)
Toi Garcia - 9.700
Abbey Habicht - 9.700 (first appearance)
Petrina Yokay - 9.925 (season high)
Allyson Sandusky - 9.900 (season high)
Kylie Shields - 9.725
Kendall Swartz (Exh.) - 9.725
Total: 48.950 (ties season high)
Lauren Brzostowski - 9.825 (season high)
Petrina Yokay - 8.900
Abbey Habicht - 9.825 (career high)
Allyson Sandusky - 9.750
Kylie Shields - 9.900 (ties career high, set season high)
Rachel Inniss - 9.325
Petrina Yokay - 9.775 (ties career high)
Lauren Brzostowski - 9.775 (season high)
Laura Lane - 9.850 (career high)
Justine Foster - 9.775
Toi Garcia - 9.900 (career high)
Rachel Inniss - 9.925 (career high)
Kylie Shields (Exh.) - 9.350
Total: 49.925 (season high)
Petrina Yokay - 38.325