Jan. 24, 2008
Auburn, Ala. - Jeff Thompson and the No. 17 Auburn Gymnastics team will host the No. 1 Florida Gators on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
"We just had No. 3 Alabama in here and now we have No. 1 Florida coming here, so it doesn't get any easier for us," said Auburn head coach Jeff Thompson. "Friday we have to get off to a good start and stay on a roll and make it close enough so that in the last event they put pressure on themselves."
The Tigers meet the Gators after a tough loss to the Crimson Tide of Alabama. Auburn battled to a 196.425-195.900 loss to Alabama. The Gators also come to Beard-Eaves off of a tough loss. The Georgia Gym Dogs topped Florida by a mere .025 of a point.
"We have traditionally done well against Florida here," Thompson said. "I don't know if it's because this is not a rivalry so we let it all hang out and score well, or what."
The Tigers will count on senior Julie Dwyer and junior Lindsey Puckett to lead the team in Friday's meet. Puckett, who has led Auburn in the all-around in both meets this season, is ranked as the No. 17 all-arounder in the nation. Dwyer, who took the first place title on beam last week versus Alabama, is ranked as the No. 24 all-arounder.
The doors will open for the meet at 5 p.m. Regular admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Friday is "Elementary Night" and "Daddy Date Night" at the Coliseum. Any elementary school student presenting the Auburn Athletics coloring flyer will gain free admission. Admission for "Daddy Date Night" is free for one child with the purchase of one adult ticket. Admission is free for Auburn students presenting a valid student ID.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.auburntigers.com. Live stats will also be available via the Web.