March 22, 2013
Championship Central | Live Scoring
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – No. 12 Auburn gymnastics heads to the 2013 SEC Gymnastics Championship this Saturday at the Verizon Arena.
“I’m excited and I know the team is excited to be a part of the SEC championship,” Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. “We are also privileged to be a part of a conference championship that is so strong.”
As the fifth-ranked program in the SEC, Auburn will be the top seed in the Saturday afternoon session scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. CT. The 2013 season marks the first year of a two-session format featuring seeds 5-8 in the afternoon and 1-4 in the night cap scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.
“One of the main advantages for us is that it’s a good rotation that we’ve done before,” Graba said. “We don’t have to get used to anything new, which is great. In a lot of ways the girls are very comfortable. Scoring wise, it’s a disadvantage, but if we go out and hit. I like our chances to score well.”
As the top seed, Auburn will compete in standard Olympic order (vault, bars, beam and floor). The program is riding a streak of four-consecutive wins, including closing out the regular season with victory last Saturday at Pittsburgh.
The Tigers are currently ranked 12th nationally, a spot that would guarantee them a top-two seed in a regional, and likely a date with No. 1 Florida on April 6.
Auburn’s current RQS total of 196.510 includes a road score of 196.025 at Florida on March 25. The Tigers can drop that mark with a higher score at the SEC meet.
Auburn finished seventh at last season’s SEC Championship in Duluth, Ga. with a score of 194.100.
Live results for Saturday’s meet are available at the link above. For the latest on Auburn gymnastics, follow @AUGymnastics on Twitter.