Jan. 16, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. – No. 24 Auburn Gymnastics is set to travel to Athens, Ga., to take on the No. 8 Georgia Gym Dogs Friday night at 6:30 p.m. CT at Stegeman Coliseum. The Tigers enter Friday’s meet at 0-4 (0-1 SEC), while the Gym Dogs sit at 1-1 (1-0 SEC).
“I think the team is very excited for the Georgia meet,” Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. “First of all, it is a tremendous program to gauge ourselves against. I truly believe that to grow into the program that we intend to grow into we will need to test ourselves against the very best and Georgia is one of those programs.
“Secondly, I think the team is excited because of the crowd that we will be in front of. The energy that a big crowd brings is tremendous and in order for us to be successful we will need to be able to compete in front of such crowds.”
After a tough 0-4 start, Auburn is eager to improve in all areas of the gym against a quality SEC rival. Auburn is 1-68 all-time against Georgia with the lone win coming in 2010 when the Tigers defeated the Gym Dogs 195.225-194.900.
“With this young team, Friday is another opportunity for us to grow and develop,” Graba said. “This team needs to continue to build on what we have been doing in practice and test themselves. We are approaching this Friday night like any other, another opportunity for us to grow and gel as a team. The fact that it is on the road and against such a storied program only adds to the experience.”
The Tigers dropped a tough meet to No. 14 Kentucky last Friday at home after being forced to count a fall in two of the four events. The Wildcats defeated Auburn 195.525-194.250. The previous weekend, Auburn placed fourth at a quad meet at Cal with an overall score of 194.625.
Georgia is coming off an impressive win over No. 9 Arkansas on the road last Friday, defeating the Razorbacks 196.200-195.775.
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