Feb. 11, 2013
AUBURN - With No. 15 Auburn gymnastics now into the second half of the 2013 season, the Tigers are beginning to see some depth develop throughout the entire lineup.
"Part of what we did last week was that we tried to rest some girls and get them back to full speed, while trying to give some other people an opportunity to compete," Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. "We were able to do that and we were successful at doing that, so that is a big positive. Not only does it show us our depth, but it gives those girls an opportunity to earn their lineup spot."
One of those athletes that have stepped up is sophomore Caryn Kadous. The San Antonio, Texas native produced her second straight season high score on balance beam with a 9.850 against Arkansas.
"Girls like [Caryn] performed well and the other girls are relatively healthy right now," Graba said. "We have no become a deeper squad over the last week and a half. I was happy with the result on Friday, but it has also set up for the second half of the season."
That second half begins on Friday at No. 3 Alabama, and Auburn fans can expect to see a couple of familiar faces back in familiar roles against the Crimson Tide.
"We are fully anticipating that Lexus [Demers] is going to do at least a couple of events for us," Graba said. "She's pretty important on three events, whether she is in the lineup or an alternate, she's important. I think we are also going to try and get Petrina [Yokay] back in the all-around. Bringing those two back means we have to shuffle our lineup, so I think we are just trying to solidify things now for the last three or four meets of the year."
Friday's meet is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum. For the latest on Auburn gymnastics, follow @AUGymnastics on Twitter.