Jan. 23, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 18 Auburn Gymnastics visits the third-ranked Florida Gators on Friday night at 6 p.m. CT in the O’Connell Center.
Auburn is coming off a solid meet on the road at No. 9 Georgia that featured the Tigers posting their top score of the season, 195.700. Despite the quality performance, Auburn is dealing with a few injuries, but is ready for a big test against the Gators.
“Practice has gone well,” Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. “We have been battling some nagging injuries and sickness lately but the team has handled this well and I am hoping we can build on what we started last weekend. We are going into the meet trying to go 24 for 24 and clean up our landings a bit since those seemed to give us trouble last week. We are approaching this meet as another opportunity to test ourselves against one of the top teams in the country.”
Florida is currently ranked third and is one of just four programs to break the 197 threshold thus far in 2013. The Gators feature three of the top 18 all-arounders in the nation, with sophomore Kytra Hunter leading the way with an average of 39.675.
For the Tigers, freshman Caitlin Atkinson recorded a career high 39.250 in the all-around at Georgia to earn her first career title. Sophomore Bri Guy has also competed all-around in all three meets this season and posted the seventh score of 9.9 or better in her short career last week at Georgia in the floor exercise.
Friday’s meet will serve as Florida’s Seventh Annual Gators Link to Pink meet.
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