Nov. 24, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -The Auburn gymnastics team had the second of three intra-squad meets Tuesday afternoon in the team's training center, the McWhorter Center. The meet served as the second time this season that the Auburn gymnasts scored by a judge.
"Today went well because the girls took it more seriously than the first intra-squad," said head coach Jeff Thompson. "The girls that are true competitors and performers really stepped up today, and the ones that put pressure on themselves made it more difficult for them."
Seven competitors on each event participated for the Tigers, down from eight from the first intra-squad as the Tigers search for a steady lineup for the 2010 season.
"We're still trying to figure out who can be a gamer, who can have a bad warm up and still rise to the top and get a 9.9 routine," said Thompson, who will continue his search for a solid lineup prior to the Jan. 8 season-opener.
Overall, Auburn's top six competitors hit 23-of-24 routines, a positive sign with the season less than two month away.
"If we can hit our routines now, there is no reason that we can't do that at the beginning of the season against Alabama. Thompson said. "We still have a long way to go before we start scoring 9.85's and 9.9's, but the fact that we're still in November and the girls are able to hit their routines is a good sign."
Auburn will hold its final intra-squad meet on Fri., Dec. 18, which will also serve as the final team workout prior to Christmas break. The Tigers open up the 2010 campaign on Fri., Jan. 8 as they host the Alabama Crimson Tide at Beard-Eaves-Memorial-Coliseum.