Head Coach Jeff Thompson and rising senior Carmen Nelms
July 20, 2009
AUBURN - The Auburn women's gymnastics team has released their 2010 schedule as announced by Head Coach Jeff Thompson. This season's slate shows home meets with SEC foes Alabama, Georgia and Florida, while the Tigers also play host to Oklahoma as well as Denver. The Tigers will hit the road for five meets as the team heads to SEC opponents LSU, Arkansas and Kentucky, as well as non-conference opponents Ohio State and Maryland.
Five teams on the schedule finished the 2009 season ranked in the top-10 nationally in national champion Georgia, Alabama (No. 2), Florida (No. 4),LSU (No.6), and Oklahoma (No. 10). Of the group, all opponents with the exception of LSU will head to Auburn, presenting an exciting opportunity for the Tiger program.
"This season is going to be very exciting for our fans," remarked Thompson, who is entering his 11th season at the helm of the Auburn program. "It is the toughest home schedule we have had since I have been here, but it is an excellent way to measure our team against some of the best in the country."
The 2010 season will begin much like the previous season, as Auburn opens up the home-portion of the year by hosting rival Alabama on Fri., Jan. 8 from Beard-Eaves Coliseum. On Jan. 15, the Tigers welcome the Oklahoma Sooners to the Plains, followed by a road trip to LSU on the Jan. 29 before closing out the month by hosting the national champion Georgia Bulldogs on Jan. 29.
The month of February begins with a pair of road trips as Auburn travels to Arkansas on Feb. 5 and Lexington, Ky. to take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Feb. 12. Following a week off, the squad returns to action, playing host to the Florida Gators on Feb. 26.
The Tigers welcome the Pioneers of Denver to the The Plains for the first time ever in their final home meet of the season on March 5. A week later, the Tigers wrap up their regular-season with trips to Ohio State on March 12 and Maryland on March 19.
The state of Florida will be home to a pair of postseason events, starting off with the SEC Championships on March 27 in Jacksonville, Fla. NCAA Regionals will be held on April 4 with the Tigers destination to be determined following the SEC Championships. Gainesville, Fla. will be the site of the 2010 NCAA National Championships, held at the University of Florida April 16-18.
"Our goal this year is to get back to nationals, and participating against such quality opponents will prepare us to contend for a National Championship," said Thompson.