Feb. 19, 2013
AUBURN – Despite a new-look lineup and encountering adversity, No. 14 Auburn gymnastics still delivered a solid performance against No. 4 Alabama on last Friday.
“I look back on the Alabama meet and none of us were overly happy with the meet, but we didn’t hit it out of the park and we still went mid-196,” Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. “In my estimation, that’s what this team is capable of on a ‘B’ night. I’m glad to see that. Obviously, we have got to start peaking and really showing what we are capable of.”
Auburn recorded just the third score of more than 196 in program history and it’s second-highest ever on the road against the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide with a total of 196.575 in Friday’s loss.
Once again, the Tigers relied on a different lineup that the week before and also dealt with a pair of falls. This week, it was Megan Walker stepping up to produce a 9.825 on uneven bars and a 9.925 on balance beam, en route to her fourth event title of the season.
“I think dealing with adversity and lineup changes is really giving our team confidence,” Graba said. “We are seeing people come through in positions that, at this time of year, typically you are not having fill ins. It’s showing that we have a deep, talented squad. What that will do is give us a ton of confidence going into the post season.”
The Tigers are in prime position heading into the home stretch. With three-straight home meets on deck, beginning with No. 6 LSU on Friday, Auburn stands 14th with a chance to improve even more before RQS debuts next Monday.
“Another good score would put us in really good position before RQS next week,” Graba said. “This team still has room to improve and move up in the rankings as our lineup gets settled and we position ourselves for a regional berth.”
Friday’s meet with LSU is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Auburn Arena. 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 1,000 fans through the doors of Auburn Arena will receive Auburn Gymnastics trading cards courtesy of Verizon. It’s also Daddy, Daughter Date Night and daddy, daughter pairs that register at email@example.com will receive a concession special. Additionally, Friday’s meet is Auburn University Student Appreciation Night, and Auburn students are encouraged to get there early and be loud for the chance to win prizes throughout the night.
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.
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