March 20, 2008
Auburn, Ala. - The No. 12 Auburn Gymnastics team (7-7, 0-6 SEC) will conclude its regular season on the road in Tuscaloosa on Friday, March 21. The Tigers will take on the No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide for the second time this season.
The Tigers visit the Tide coming off a win over No. 14 Michigan State. The Tigers topped the Spartans 195.325-194.050 on Senior Night. Senior Julie Dwyer placed first on two events and claimed the all-around title.
Auburn has been ranked in the nation's top 15 for five consecutive weeks. Auburn is ranked as the No. 3 beam team in the nation. Auburn is ranked at No. 11 on vault, No. 12 on floor and No. 17 on bars.
Dwyer leads the Tigers ranked at No. 12, followed by Lindsey Puckett at No. 13. A.J. Mills rounds out the top 25 at No. 23. All three are ranked on beam, with Dwyer at No. 2, Puckett at No. 4 and Mills at No. 23. Puckett is also ranked No. 16 on vault.
The Tide are 9-4, 5-1 SEC, coming into Friday's meet. Alabama has wins over Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, LSU, Florida and Penn State. The Tide's single conference loss came at the hands of No. 1 Georgia. Alabama is ranked as the No. 6 team in the nation according to the latest GymInfo rankings. The Tide are ranked in the top 10 on all four events; vault (No. 5), bars (No. 8), beam (No. 8) and floor (No. 6).
Two Alabama gymnasts are ranked in the top 25 of the all-around; Kassie Price is tied at No. 9, and Morgan Dennis is ranked at No. 17. Price in ranked on two events, bars (No. 3) and floor (No. 15). Dennis is also ranked on two events, vault (T/20) and floor (No. 8). Additionally, Kayla Hoffman is ranked on three events, vault (No.5), bars (No. 25) and floor exercise (T/15).
Auburn will travel to Duluth, Ga., next week to compete in the SEC Championships on March 29, at the Gwinnett Civic Center.