March 11, 2013
AUBURN – Although they dropped one spot in the rankings this week to 12th, Auburn gymnastics is focused on a big road opportunity this Saturday at Pittsburgh.
“This road meet at Pitt is very important to the team momentum that we have created lately,” Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. “We are treating the Pitt trip as an opportunity not only to improve our ranking with a good road score, but also to continue preparing for the postseason. We are on the road now for the rest of the season and we need to treat this meet as an important kick-off to what we hope is a deep run into the postseason.”
Graba was pleased with his team’s performance on Friday in the win over Lindenwood and was happy to see the team bring the same intensity it had in previous SEC meets.
“I think the team handled the emotions of senior night pretty well,” Graba said. “Toi and Petrina both had good nights and the team handled the last night in Auburn Arena really well. I don’t think we were overly sharp with our execution and this hampered us from getting a more respectable score. However, we hit 23-for-24 and I think the team was much more focused and energized than we were the previous meet against Maryland. This is important to be able to control going into the postseason, so I am happy that we seem to be settling down as a team in those areas.”
The team total score of 196.400 was Auburn's seventh consecutive score of 196 or higher, extending its school-record streak.
For Graba and his team the meet in Pittsburgh and the upcoming SEC championships are just more opportunities to compete and improve.
“I am not sure at all which regional our final ranking will put us into, and on top of that I don’t think it matters too much at this point,” Graba said. “It is apparent that there are a number of teams out there that can beat each other on any given night. We need to handle our own business and let the chips fall where they may.”
Saturday’s meet is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT. For the latest on Auburn gymnastics, follow @AUGymnastics on Twitter.