SEC Freshman of the Week Caitlin Atkinson
Feb. 7, 2013
AUBURN – No. 15 Auburn gymnastics competes in Auburn Arena for the first time in nearly a month on Friday when No. 19 Arkansas visits at 7 p.m.
Tickets are still available at www.AUBTIX.com or by calling 855-AUB-2010. Reserved individual meet tickets may be purchased, depending on availability, for $7. Adult General Admission tickets are available for $5 and Youth General Admission tickets are available for $2. The first 1,200 fans will receive a light up baton courtesy Auburn Bank.
The meet is an All Auburn, All Orange event and all fans are encouraged to wear orange.
Kids 12 and under are invited to a pre-meet VIP experience to watch warm ups from the floor. Parents can stop by the Kids Zone behind section 114 by 6 p.m. to receive a VIP wrist band. A limited number of VIP wrist bands are available.
With high attendance expected, special parking shuttles will be available from parking lots on West Thach Avenue and the Facilities Division beginning at 6 p.m. and running continuously until 10 p.m.
“We are all very excited to be back in front of our own fans,” Auburn gymnastics head coach Jeff Graba said. “It is never hard to get pumped up to compete in Auburn Arena. Our fans create such a tremendous environment for us. I hope they pack the place this Friday to give our team that extra edge.”
The Tigers started the season on the road for four of the first five meets of the season and welcome in a talented team for their return.
“Arkansas made the Super Six last year,” Graba said. “This means that they made the finals at NCAA Championships for our sport. They return nearly all of the routines from last year, so we fully expect them to be ready to compete. They pose a significant challenge to us, but we are approaching it as yet another opportunity to go out and show what we are made of as a team. We simply need to build on our last few outings and we will be happy with the night.”
With a tough meet on tap, Auburn has gone through a solid week of practice and took advantage of the added time at home.
“Practice has gone well this week,” Graba said. “It has been nice to get back to a schedule where we don't have to travel. The team has been able to catch up on some schoolwork as well as use this time to heal up a bit. We were able to break down the routines a little bit more this week, because we had an extra day of practice. This will help us as we approach the second half of the season by allowing us to focus a bit more on the little things that can increase our scoring potential.”
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