Feb. 1, 2011
AUBURN - The No. 22 Auburn gymnastics team (1-3, 1-2 SEC) will host Kentucky (1-3, 0-3 SEC) on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Auburn Arena. The Tigers are looking to come out strong against another SEC opponent and build on the accomplishments from last Friday's meet against Arkansas.
"We took a step forward last Friday and we were doing a little better on a couple of the events," Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. "Going into Kentucky we are hoping to clean up some of the little mistakes and get some other people in the lineup that are now coming back from being injured. Hopefully we can get all of that moving in the right direction and get some people experience."
Last Friday against No. 12 Arkansas, Auburn posted its second consecutive season-high score, but fell to the Razorbacks, 195.325-195.150. The Tigers also scored team season highs on both vault (48.900) and balance beam (49.250).
"We feel like we have come a long way on vault," Graba said. "Vault started out as our weakest event in practice this year, and we think we have made a lot of improvements. We also still have the most improvement left to make on vault."
Senior Rachel Inniss led Auburn on both beam and floor exercise, posting 9.900 on both events. Inniss tied for first with junior Allyson Sandusky on beam, and took the individual title on floor. The two top finishes marked her third and fourth individual titles of the season.
In addition to being ranked 22nd overall as a team, the Tigers are also ranked sixth nationally on beam. Inniss is tied for 11th individually on beam and 14th on floor.
"Rachel is doing a great job and, rightfully so, she is ranked well for us," Graba said. "The nice thing is that the beam is a high ranking event for us. We feel like we are a good beam team so it is nice to see we are hitting our stride."
Friday's meet against Kentucky has been designated "All Auburn, All Orange" and fans are encouraged to wear orange to the meet. The first 500 fans will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Verizon Wireless, and Auburn faculty and staff can receive free admission with a valid ID. There will also be an autograph session with the gymnasts immediately following the meet.