March 22, 2010
AUBURN - Heading into Saturday's SEC Championship meet, the Auburn gymnastics team is ranked No. 15 in the latest GymInfo Collegiate Gymnastics poll, the organization released early Monday morning.
“Last week was a great confidence boost for us,” said Auburn head coach Jeff Thompson. “The fact that we were coming out of that weekend and have such great focus and were able to hit our routines was great. We moved up to No. 15 in the latest poll with that solid score at Maryland.”
Auburn (6-6, 2-4) is ranked 15th, which is the Tigers' highest ranking since the January 25th edition of the poll, with a 195.975 RQS. The 196.225 road score that was achieved against Maryland on March 20 keeps Auburn in the No. 5 spot in the SEC and No. 3 in the central region, behind Alabama and LSU.
Junior Rachel Inniss is Auburn's highest-ranked gymnast as she is No. 17 in the country on beam with a 9.865 average, while sophomore Allyson Sandusky is the other Auburn gymnast ranked in the top 20 at No. 20 on bars (9.870).
Sophomore Kylie Shields and senior Krissy Voss are neck-and-neck in the all-around rankings, as Shields is 35th with a 39.120 average, while Voss is right behind her in 36th with a 39.115. Four Tiger beam competitors are ranked in the top 100, as Inniss leads the way, followed by Sandusky and Shields who are tied at 37th (9.835). Voss is 87th with a 9.790.
In event-by-event rankings, Auburn is 12th on beam (48.980), 12th on bars (49.085), 20th on vault (49.030) and 28th on floor (48.920).
With the home portion of Auburn's season now completed, the Tigers hosted five of the top eight teams in the nation, as Alabama tops the poll (197.195), followed by Oklahoma (197.100), UCLA, (196.900), Georgia (196.690), and Florida (196.690).
Auburn returns to action Saturday, March 27, at the SEC Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. Seven teams will compete at the championships, including No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Georgia, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 10 LSU, and No. 18 Kentucky. The meet is slated to begin at 3:05 p.m. CT from Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Live stats can be accessed via SECsports.com, as well as ProScorePlus on Twitter.
Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children, and can be purchased via TicketMaster.com, or can be found via phone at (904) 630-3900. A two-hour highlight show will air on a tape-delay basis on ESPN2 on April 4 at 10 a.m. CT. Follow AU_Gymnastics on Twitter for more information.