Gymnasts Honored at End of Season Awards Banquet Saturday
April 25, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn gymnastics team held its end of season banquet Saturday night at the Auburn University Club. Awards were handed out at the event honoring Tiger gymnasts and staff for their accomplishments and contributions to the 2009 squad.
Lindsey Puckett was named Athlete of the Year. During her senior campaign she added her name six times to the best all-around scores, highlighted by a 39.600 as the second-highest score in Auburn gymnastics history. She accounted for four of the all-time best vault scores, including three 9.95s to rank second, contributed her name three times on the fall-time floor scores, including a 9.95 to rank second and earned the second-highest beam score in the program's history with a 9.975. Puckett finished her final season with 24 event and all-around titles.
Puckett also earned All-SEC Second Team honors at the league championship meet in mid-March with a sixth-place finish in the all-around.
The Rock Award was given to senior A.J. Mills as the most consistent performer of the year. Mills was nearly flawless the entire season, hitting 51-of-52 routines. She captured 14 event and all-around titles and contributed high scores on vault (9.925), beam (9.925), floor (9.925) and in the all-around (39.525) that all rank among the best in the program's history.
Mills was also named to the SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team for giving back to the community in superior service efforts.
Kylie Shields was named Freshman of the Year. She was in the vault lineup in all 13 meets, competed on beam in all but one meet and broke into the bars lineup in February. Shields cracked into the beam regional rankings in March.
Junior Carmen Nelms was tabbed as the team's Most Improved Gymnast. Nelms, a two-event gymnast, was a consistent performer for the Tigers as the leadoff tumbler on floor and competed on bars in 10 meets. Her highest finish on both events came against Iowa State, tying for second on floor and third on bars. Both scores, 9.825 and 9.850, were career highs, respectively.
The Wentworth Award, named for former Auburn gymnast Sarah Wentworth (1997-2000), was awarded to sophomore Leah Vining. This award is bestowed upon the gymnast who best exemplifies the Auburn Creed.
The following gymnasts were honored for being named to the 2008-09 Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll: Lauren Brzostowski (Apparel Merchandising), Adrienne Mills (Marketing), Carmen Nelms (Psychology), Lindsey Puckett (Supply Chain Management), Claire Seiffert (Communication), Leah Vining (Chemistry) and Krissy Voss (Chemistry).
Janet Taylor, the team's athletic trainer, was awarded the Bob Ritenbaugh Award. The award is given to an individual who goes above and beyond to help the Auburn gymnastics team succeed.
Long-time team manager Rachael Alexander was also acknowledged Saturday evening for her involvement with Auburn gymnastics. After serving in the team manager role for six years, this year was her final season with the Tigers.
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