Feb. 6, 2007
The Auburn gymnastics team is ranked 10th in the country (195.305) for the third straight week in the latest poll, announced on Monday. The squad also holds rankings of fourth on beam (48.900), ninth on vault (48.995), 14th on bars (48.725) and 18th on floor (48.685).
On Jan. 19, Auburn collected 10 individual career records, including one new school record, en route to its score of 196.475, which tied for ninth highest in school history. Junior Julie Dwyer set a new school record in the all-around with a score of 39.625, which led to her being named SEC Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 22.
Individually, AU is led by Dwyer, who has eight titles to her credit this season-- three in the all around, three on beam, one on bars and one on vault. The Bloomington, Ind., native, is ranked second nationally on beam with a 9.890 average and fifth in the all around with an average score of 39.390 this season.
Sophomore Lindsey Puckett has been solid on vault, with one title and a ranking of 19 (9.855). Fellow sophomore A.J. Mills has come alive as of late, winning back-to-back beam titles with a score of 9.900 against Alabama, ranked fifth at the time, and No. 1 Florida.
"We have really high expectations for this team," head coach Jeff Thompson said. "I think having this week off came at a really good time because it is going to allow us to get some girls healthy and back in the lineup. We should come out of this refreshed and ready to take on the rest of our schedule."
Auburn has this week off before hosting No. 12 LSU on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. It will be "Girls Night Out", celebrating girls and women in sports. All girls in 8th grade and younger receive free admission for wearing a sports shirt or jersey. The first 500 people will receive an Auburn gymnastics autograph pennant courtesy of Auburn Bank, and fans are welcome to stay for a post-meet autograph session to get their pennants signed.