March 13, 2008
Auburn, Ala. - The No. 12 Auburn gymnastics team (6-7, 0-6 SEC) will bid farewell to its seniors at its last home meet of this season. The Tigers will host the Michigan State Spartans on Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m., in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Auburn will honor seniors Julie Dwyer, Kayla Gies, Aimee Goheen and Karmen Pinckney.
"I feel like the dad sending his kids off to first grad, I never thought this day would come," said Auburn head coach Jeff Thompson. "It's been a great run. Tons of awards and team records for this class. They have rewritten the record book while they have been here. We want them to go out with a bang."
The Tigers are 7-2 when facing off with the Spartans. The last time the two teams met was in 2005 at a quad meet hosted by West Virginia. Auburn took first in the competition scoring 194.900. The Spartans placed third scoring 193.675.
The Spartans are 9-4 this season with wins over Pittsburgh, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Maryland, Illinois, New Hampshire and Ball State. Michigan State is in the top 25 nationally in each event. The Spartans are No. 12 on the beam and No. 14 on vault. They are also No. 18 on the bars and No. 23 on the floor.
Auburn is ranked in the top 20 of all four events and has three gymnasts ranked in the top 20 of the individual all-around. Auburn's highest ranking is on beam, where they are No. 4. Julie Dwyer is ranked as the No. 2 gymnast on beam, followed by Lindsey Puckett who is tied at No. 6, and A.J. Mills who is tied at No. 13.
Auburn is ranked at No. 10 on vault, and No. 11 on floor exercise. The Tigers are ranked at No. 16 on bars.
Puckett holds Auburn's highest individual all-around ranking at No. 9. Puckett is also ranked at No. 13 on vault. Dwyer follows close behind in the all-around at No. 12. Mills is tied for No. 19.
Admission to the match is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Auburn students with a valid ID will gain free admission. The first 600 fans through the door will receive a Julie Dwyer bobble head figurine.
Live stats for the match will be available at www.auburtigers.com.