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GymJournal: Karmen Pinckney and A.J. Mills

March 24, 2008

Auburn, Ala. - As the season draws to a close, it's hard to believe how far we've come. The month of March has been a whirlwind of travels and exciting competition. From the snowy mountains of Denver, Colo., to our in-state rival, Alabama, we have been up against the top teams in the nation.

Starting off the month against No. 13 Denver, we felt confident and ready to compete. After a great dinner at a team favorite, Cheesecake Factory in downtown Denver, we went back to the hotel and prepared for the meet the next day. Much to our surprise, we woke up to snow falling the day of the meet. It was a big adjustment from the warm weather we were used to in Auburn. Our hard work in practice paid off as we hit all seven routines on bars. We moved to vault next and continued the momentum by setting a new school record highlighted by an individual record by Julie. We knew the scores were close going into floor, and we stayed focused and tried to do what we do in practice. Going into beam we had to make a line-up change and freshman Lauren Brozostowski went in to compete. She stepped up after an uncharacteristic fall early in the lineup and hit an amazing routine when it counted. The final three hit to close out the meet where we won by .025. The team celebrated the win at Dave and Busters before taking the red eye flight home that night. We were all excited about our big win and ready to get back in the gym to prepare for the next meet. This experience helped solidify what we've known all along, that we are one of the best beam teams in the nation, and we finally believed that we can compete with the top teams in the nation.

Three days later we returned to the airport to get on a flight to Oklahoma. When we arrived we went shopping at the mall in Oklahoma City and ate at The Cheesecake Factory once again. We faced No. 10 Oklahoma on their senior night. We had another great performance on bars and we were solid on the next three events. Highlights include, Rachel scoring a 9.875 on floor to place third, and Lindsey scoring a 9.9 on vault and floor for a pair of second places. We returned to Auburn and prepared for our final home meet and senior night.



Our last home meet for the 2008 season was against Michigan State. We honored our seniors with a video commemorating their gymnastics career at Auburn and with plaques that had pictures of them performing through the years. All of the seniors went out in style with great performances on every event. Aimee scored a season high of 9.8 on bars and Kayla did a great vault. Julie also had a great night and captured the bars, beam, and all-around titles. It was great to see Julie win the all-around in her final meet in the Coliseum. We will miss the seniors and all the fun times we had with them. They will never be forgotten as great teammates and great friends. War Eagle!
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