No. 4 Florida Defeats No. 16 Auburn, 196.800-195.700
Kylie Shields on the floor scoring a 9.825 Friday. Florida vs Auburn gymnastics in Auburn, Ala..,  on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. Todd Van Emst

Kylie Shields on the floor scoring a 9.825 Friday. Florida vs Auburn gymnastics in Auburn, Ala.., on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. Todd Van Emst

Feb. 26, 2010


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AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 16 Auburn gymnastics team (2-5, 2-4 SEC) was defeated 195.700-196.800 by the No. 4 Florida Friday night at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. In the defeat, Auburn set a season-high on bars with a 49.150, eclipsing their previous season-best of 49.125 that was set during the Arkansas meet.

"We had a good night, all in all. We only had one fall, but on everything else we were just a little off," said head coach Jeff Thompson. "Every vault, we took a step. Our bars were good, we wobbled a little bit on beam, but I thought we finished really strong on floor. Unfortunately, our opponent is one of the top four teams in the country."

Auburn began the night on vault, with four of the six Tigers scoring a 9.75. Freshman Maya Wickus was the lone Tiger to hit the 9.8 mark in the third position as Auburn totaled a 48.800 in the event.

Florida jumped out to an early lead, as all-five scorers for the Gators eclipsed the 9.85 mark on bars. UF was led by Elizabeth Mahlich, Amanda Castillo and Maranda Smith's 9.875's to give Florida a 49.325.

The Tigers went from vault to bars in the second rotation, where a trio of Auburn gymnasts, senior Carmen Nelms, sophomore Kylie Shields and freshman Petrina Yokay scored a 9.85's. Sophomore Allyson Sandusky marked a 9.825 in the sixth position as Auburn scored a season-high on the apparatus with a 49.150.

Florida continued its hot start in rotation two with a 49.300 on vault, an event where the Gators are ranked No. 3 in the country. The Gators were paced by Courtney Gladys' 9.9, as well as Smith's and Ashanee Dickerson's 9.875 to extend its lead after two rotations 98.625-97.950.

Looking to close the lead, Auburn took to its best event, beam, in rotation three. Junior Katie Hurley scored a 9.75 in the second spot while Voss scored a 9.825. She was immediately followed by a 9.8 by Sandusky and Shields' 9.75 to give Auburn a team beam score of 48.775.

Florida was on floor in rotation three scoring a 49.075. Dickerson led the Gators with a 9.875, while King and Amy Ferguson marked 9.825's to stretch the Gator lead to a 147.700-146.725 with one rotation remaining.

Auburn was on floor in the final rotation, freshman Toi Garcia returned to the floor exercise after a four-meet hiatus to score a collegiate-best 9.825. Shields followed by duplicating the 9.825 mark in the fourth position, resulting in both Garcia and Shields tying for third in the event. Junior Rachel Inniss capped off the Tiger floor performance with a 9.85, marking the third-straight meet she has hit at least a 9.85 in the event and placed second. In all, Auburn registered an event total of 48.975.

The Gators concluded the night on beam, where Dickerson led the way scoring a 9.875 for the Gators, while Ferguson and King tallied 9.825's to close out the night with a 49.075 for Florida.

Shields was Auburn's top all-around scorer on the all-around with a 39.175 and placed third, while Voss scored a 39.100 to come in fourth.

"It's a little frustrating that we didn't break the 196 barrier at home when we've been able to do it on the road, but all in all, I'm proud of the kids for battling back from the stomach bug we had this week and we'll look forward to next week. It's Senior Night and there should be a good crowd to wrap it up."

The Tigers return to action on Friday, March 5, hosting the Denver Pioneers at 7 p.m. The event is currently slated as the final event in the storied history of Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Final event t-shirts will be given away to the first 300 fans, as well as several other promotions throughout the night.

Vault - 48.800
Kylie Shields - 9.750
Krissy Voss - 9.750
Maya Wickus - 9.800
Allyson Sandusky - 9.750
Toi Garcia - 9.750
Petrina Yokay - 9.000

Uneven Bars - 49.150
Krissy Voss - 9.775
Carmen Nelms - 9.850
Kylie Shields - 9.850
Petrina Yokay - 9.850
Kendall Swartz - 9.700
Allyson Sandusky - 9.825
*Toi Garcia - 9.725


Beam - 48.775
Lauren Brzostowski - 9.650
Katie Hurley - 9.750
Krissy Voss - 9.825
Allyson Sandusky - 9.800
Rachel Inniss - 9.600
Kylie Shields - 9.750


Floor Exercise - 48.975
Lauren Brzostowski - 9.700
Katie Hurley - 9.725
Toi Garcia - 9.825
Kylie Shields - 9.825
Krissy Voss - 9.750
Rachel Inniss - 9.850


Kylie Shields - 39.175
Krissy Voss - 39.100