March 5, 2010
AUBURN- The No. 16 Auburn gymnastics team (3-5, 2-4 SEC) picked up its second home victory of the season Friday night over the No. 19 Denver Pioneers (15-6), 196.225-194.350. Auburn marked its second-highest score of the season, while both Kylie Shields and Allyson Sandusky broke the 9.9 plateau on vault and beam, respectively.
"Well, it was a much better performance than last week. Even though we aren't focused on scores, our goal is to hit all of our routines, and hopefully score over a 196, which we accomplished," said head coach Jeff Thompson. "We still need to work on our landings. We only stuck one of our six vault landings and that's something we worked really hard on. I'm a little disappointed that we didn't do a better job there, but bars and beam were great and four of our six floor routines were outstanding."
Auburn began the final gymnastics event in the history of Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum on vault, where sophomore Shields led off with a 9.8. In the third spot, sophomore Sandusky scored a season and career best with a 9.925, tying Rachel Inniss for the highest score a Tiger has received this season. Freshman Toi Garcia then scored a 9.825 to give Auburn a 49.100 in the lead off event of the night. Sandusky earned her second vault title of the season after previously accomplishing the feat against Georgia.
Denver was forced to count a fall on bars, as Louise Mercer and Jaleesa Wilson scored a 9.275 and 8.825. The Pioneers were paced by Kelly Hennigan's 9.875 to give Denver an event score of 48.250 as Auburn carried a .85 lead into the second rotation.
Auburn took to the uneven bars, where seniors Krissy Voss notched a 9.8 and Carmen Nelms scored a 9.825 on Senior Night to start off the apparatus for the Tigers. Freshman Petrina Yokay then followed with a collegiate-best 9.875 for her second career event title on bars. Sandusky, who entered the meet as the No. 20 gymnast in the country on the event, continued her solid night finishing off bars for Auburn with a 9.85. Auburn scored another 49.100, tying for their second highest output in the event on the season.
Denver took to vault in rotation two, and scored a 48.675. Brianna Artemev led Denver in the event with a 9.85, while Hennigen chipped in a 9.75 for the Pioneers.
In rotation three, Auburn took to its best event, balance beam, and didn't disappoint as junior Lauren Brzostowski led off the event with season-best mark of 9.8. Following junior Katie Hurley's 9.775, Voss continued her Senior Night with a 9.8. Inniss followed with a 9.85, while Shields capped off Auburn's second best beam performance of the year with a career-high 9.9 as Auburn scored a 49.175.
Simona Castro Lazo led off on floor for Denver, scoring a 9.8. She was followed up by Artimev's 9.85 and Kristina Coccia's 9.875 to give Denver an event score of 48.825. Auburn took a commanding 147.375-145.850 lead into the final rotation.
Brzostowski led off on floor and earned her the second season-best score of the night with a 9.8 for the Tigers, where Hurley followed with another 9.8. Garcia then turned in a gem of a performance, scoring a collegiate-best of 9.875 as Auburn scored a 48.850 in the event.
Denver wrapped up the night on beam, as Castro Lazo scored a 9.8 in the lead off position. Artemev added a 9.85, while Coccia led the Pioneers with a 9.875. In total, Denver scored a 48.925 on floor.
In all-around competition, Shields scored a 39.150, while Voss tallied a 39.025 in the final home event of her career. Artemev took the all-around competition with a 39.300, while Hennigan took third behind third with a 39.100.
"Being the last regularly scheduled athletic contest and to go out with a win is very special and with it being Senior Night, who would have thought three years ago when we scheduled this meet that it would happen and it would be the last event? It wasn't the biggest crowd we've ever had, but it was a really good crowd. It's a great way to end our home season and we're looking forward to getting a few wins on the road before we head to the SEC Championships in Jacksonville in three weeks," said Thompson.
The Tigers will end the season with a three meet road swing, beginning Sat., March 13 as the Tigers will travel to meet Big Ten opponent Ohio State at 2 p.m. CT from St. John Arena in Columbus. Live stats will be available via AuburnTigers.com, as well as live updates by following AU_Gymnastics on Twitter.
Vault - 49.100
Kylie Shields - 9.800
Krissy Voss - 9.750
Maya Wickus - 9.775
Allyson Sandusky - 9.925
Toi Garcia - 9.825
Lauren Brzostowski - 9.775
Uneven Bars - 49.100
Krissy Voss - 9.800
Carmen Nelms - 9.825
Kylie Shields - 9.750
Petrina Yokay - 9.875
Kendall Swartz - 9.300
Allyson Sandusky - 9.850