Jan. 22, 2013
AUBURN – No. 18 Auburn gymnastics posted a season high score of 195.700 on Friday against Georgia and made some positive steps along the way.
“I think there are some things the team needed show and they needed to show each other,” Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. “They needed to trust each other and show that they were tough and willing to do what is necessary, fight, that type of thing. We showed potential in the first two meets, but didn’t show fight. I thought we showed fight on Friday night. I think the team can draw a lot of confidence from that. We weren’t stellar by any means, but we obviously were fighting more.”
For Graba, that positivity started with the middle of the lineup producing consistently, something that he is hoping for more improvement from at No. 3 Florida.
“It comes down to the people in the middle of the lineup,” Graba said. “That’s why we were able to do such a good job on bars. We started out strong, the middle of the lineup built on it and we ended up getting a good score. We actually did that on vault too. We went to floor and beam and the middle of the lineup struggled a good bit. You can’t get a good score when the middle is doing that.”
Graba was pleased with the production he received from his pair of all-arounders and he thinks a talented sophomore is almost back to her level from a season ago.
“I think Bri [Guy] is almost there,” the third-year coach said. “I think this week can be her week. We saw Caitlin [Atkinson] do it last week and perform up to her ability level and how we think she is capable of performing. I think Bri was almost there and I’m expecting that she is going to break out pretty soon. Hopefully it will be this week.”
Atkinson posted her top all-around score of the young season with a total of 39.250. Guy scored 38.800, but scored her first 9.9 of the season on floor.
Atkinson, Guy and the rest of the Tigers are in action next on Friday at No. 3 Florida. The meet is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT in the O’Connell Center.
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