Feb. 19, 2008
Auburn, Ala. - -
Auburn Gymnastics team (4-5, 0-4 SEC) is ranked as the No. 14 team in the nation according to the Feb. 18, GymInfo National Rankings.
Additionally, three Tigers are ranked in the top 25 individuals, with two of those ranked in the top 10. Lindsey Puckett is ranked at No. 6, followed by Julie Dwyer at No. 10 and A.J. Mills, who makes her debut at No. 23.
Auburn is also ranked in all four team events. Auburn's season high floor exercise score versus Georgia catapulted the Tigers seven spots to No. 16. Auburn moved up one spot to 15 on beam and remained steady at No. 12 on vault. The Tigers are ranked at No. 25 on bars.
Puckett jumped 14 spots from No. 20 to her current ranking at No. 6 after winning her third all-around title versus No. 1 Georgia. Puckett is also tied at 14 on vault, moving up five spots from last week's ranking. Puckett has won the vault title in three meets this season, with 9.900 being her highest score, a mark she has reached twice (versus Florida and at N.C. State).
Dwyer enters the all-around rankings at No. 10, after falling out of the all-around Jan. 28. Dwyer is ranked as the No. 21 gymnast on beam. She gave a 9.950, season-high beam performance at LSU on Feb. 8, and won the title for that meet.
Mills, who is a top all-arounder for the Tigers, debuts in the rankings at No. 23, with an average score of 38.745. Mills placed first on bars versus Florida with a season high 9.850. She scored a 9.900 on bars and beam in AU's second meet of the season versus Alabama.
Auburn will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., this week to take on the No. 10 Arkansas Gym'Backs Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., in Barnhill Arena. The Tigers will return to the Plains on Feb. 29, to host No. 21 Illinois. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Admission is free for Auburn students with a valid student ID. Live stats for all home meets are available at www.auburntigers.com.