No. 14 Tigers Host No. 12 Arkansas

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Senior Shanna Somero
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Senior Shanna Somero
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

March 1, 2007

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AUBURN -

The No. 14 Auburn gymnastics team (4-5, 1-4 SEC) will return home for its second to last home meet of the season as it takes on its eighth ranked opponent of the season, No. 12 Arkansas (4-10, 1-4 SEC) at 7 p.m. CT on Friday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

The Tigers are coming off a loss to No. 2 Georgia, 197.325-195.150 last Friday in Athens. Auburn is in the midst of a four meet losing streak after starting the year with a 4-1 record. This marks the first of two meetings scheduled for this season, with the second coming at the SEC Championships. Auburn will be looking to take the series lead, with each team collecting four wins in their eight previous meetings.

It's a great rivalry," head coach Jeff Thompson said.  "The two programs really mirror each other.  It's going to be a great competition, but we just want to go out and hit our routines."

As a team, the Auburn Tigers are ranked fourth on beam, 11th on bars, 14th on vault and 22nd on floor.

Junior Julie Dwyer is tied for third nationally in the all around and on beam. She is also ranked 20th on floor after tying a career high last week with a 9.900. Last week, Dwyer recorded her first floor win of the season, giving her 11 individual titles on the season and 48 for her career.

The Gym'Backs got three event wins and 10 season or career bests in a 195.850-193.650 win at Kentucky Friday. Arkansas posted a 195.850 marking the best road score of the 2007 season. In addition, that mark is the third-best road score in the for-plus year's of gymnastics at Arkansas. As a result of the strong team and individual performances, Arkansas jumped two spots to No. 12 in this week's poll.

Friday will be "Elementary Night", and all children in kindergarten through fifth grade will receive free admission when they color the Auburn Gymnastics coloring page. It is also "Girl Scout Night", with all girl scouts in uniform receiving free admission.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for youth (ages 2-18).