Jan. 3, 2011
There is a sense of excitement surrounding the upcoming Auburn gymnastics season. The 2011 season is all about a new fresh start for the Tigers. This fresh start began in August when Jeff Graba was named head coach. Graba comes to The Plains after spending five seasons at gymnastics powerhouse Utah, where he was 2009 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, coached two NCAA event champions and nine All-Americans that earned 20 All-America honors.
The Tigers return four seniors, six juniors and three sophomores to this year's team, and have added one freshman to the mix. Seniors Lauren Brzostowski, Katie Hurley, Rachel Inniss and Leah Vining bring a bevy of experience and leadership to the gym. Last season Brzostowki led off on floor at the SEC Championships and tied a career high 9.8 in the event, while Hurley got season high marks on beam (9.85)at Arkansas and on floor (9.825) at Florida. Inniss qualified for nationals on floor, and held a season high 9.925 in the event, and ended the 2010 season ranked in the Top 25 in beam. All four seniors are looking to close out their collegiate careers with high marks this season.
Juniors Justine Foster, Kareen Kaveh, Laura Lane, Allyson Sandusky, Kylie Sheilds and Kendall Swartz are set to compete at new heights this season. Foster, Lane and Sheilds should highlight on the floor and vault after a strong offseason, while Sandusky is expected to excel on bars and beam, and Kaveh is ready to see action after suffering an injury plagued 2010.
Sophomores Lindsay DiSalvatore, Toi Garcia and Petrina Yokay return after a notable 2010. DiSalvatore was sidelined most of the season due to injury, and Garcia and Yokay had a great first year. Garcia won her first collegiate event title against Oklahoma with a 9.875 on the vault, and Yokay won three bars titles during the season including scoring a 9.95 against Maryland.
Freshman Abbey Habicht comes to Auburn from Maitland, Fla., where she competed for Orlando Metro, and will be an all around gymnast for the Tigers this season.
The Tigers begin the season on the road at Iowa State on Jan. 7, but return to host their first home meet against SEC foe LSU Jan. 14 at the brand new Auburn Arena. They travel to Georgia on Jan. 21, and host Arkansas and Kentucky on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. They spend two weeks on the road at Alabama (Feb. 11) and at Florida (Feb. 18) before returning to host Pittsburgh Feb. 25. Their final regular season meets before traveling to Birmingham, Ala., for the SEC Championships are at BYU on March 4, at Southern Utah on March 7 and against SEMO in March 11.
Single meet tickets are on sale now starting at $5 for adults and $2 for youth, and season tickets are $30. Family packs, which include four season tickets, are available for $80.
For more information please call the Auburn Ticket Office at 1-800-AUB-1957 or go online at www.AUBTix.com.