Feb. 13, 2010

 

Courtesy of Auburn

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 14 Auburn gymnastics team (2-4, 2-3 SEC) used its best floor performance of the season (49.100) to pull away from Kentucky (1-4, 3-4 SEC) after the third rotation and defeated the Wildcats 196.400-195.425 Friday night in Memorial Coliseum. Junior Rachel Inniss highlighted Auburn's individual performers, scoring the highest mark of the season for Auburn with a 9.925 on beam.

"I'm really proud of the girls," said head coach Jeff Thompson.
"It was a tough week coming off the loss at Arkansas. We had a short week and a long ride up here, but the girls were just focused and we finally broke the 49 barrier on floor. We just had great routine after great routine."

Auburn began the night on bars, where senior Carmen Nelms nailed a 9.8 for the second-consecutive meet. Freshman Petrina Yokay followed with a 9.85. Auburn was lead in the event by sophomore Allyson Sandusky, who entered the meet tied for 19th in the nation and scored a 9.9.

Kentucky was paced by Jasmine Minion and Whitney Rose, who each scored 9.875's on vault. Auburn's second best bar performance of the season resulted in the Tigers carrying a 49.100-49.075 lead after the first rotation.

Auburn then moved to vault, where senior Krissy Voss scored a 9.8 in the second position while Sandusky hit a 9.825. It was sophomore Justine Foster who had the high mark for the Tigers in the anchor position, as she scored a 9.875 to give the Tigers an event tally of 49.050.

Kentucky was on bars for the second rotation where Storey Morris led the Wildcats with a 9.875.Jamie Reimann followed with a 9.825 to score a
49.075 in the event and cut Auburn's lead to a 98.150-97.975 heading into the third rotation.

Foster followed up her vault performance by leading off on floor, scoring a season-high 9.775. Junior Lauren Brzostowksi followed with a
9.775 of her own, giving Auburn its best start on the floor exercise this season. Following Hurley's 9.75, sophomore Kylie Shields hit a season-high 9.85 while Voss scored a 9.825. Junior Rachel Inniss finished things off for Auburn, scoring a season-best 9.875 to give the Tigers a season-high event mark of 49.100.

Kentucky faltered on beam, as the Wildcats were forced to count a 9.55 and 9.525 and scored a 48.300 on the apparatus. Morris led the Wildcats with a 9.825. Auburn lead by nearly a point heading into the final rotation, 147.250-146.275.

Holding a commanding .975 lead in the final rotation on beam, Brzostowski lead off with a 9.75 followed by a 9.8 by Hurley. A pair of Tigers then earned career-highs, as Sandusky a career-high 9.875, and was followed by Rachel Inniss' 9.925, securing Inniss' second beam title of the season in what was the highest individual score by any Tiger this season. Shields scored a 9.8 in the anchor position to compete her all-around night with a career-high 39.175.
"We put up six great beam routines. To go 49.150 to close out the meet is great. Another 196.400 on the road is huge for us."

Auburn will return to action on Friday, Feb. 26 following a bye week.
The Tigers will host the Florida Gators from Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, with the meet commencing at 7 p.m. CT.

Vault- 49.050
Kylie Shields- 9.775
Krissy Voss- 9.8
Maya Wickus- 9.775
Allyson Sandusky- 9.825
Toi Garcia- 9.725
Justine Foster- 9.875

Uneven Bars - 49.100
Krissy Voss - 9.725
Carmen Nelms - 9.8
Kylie Shields - 9.75
Petrina Yokay - 9.85
Kendall Swartz - 9.8
Allyson Sandusky - 9.9
*Toi Garcia - 9.75

Beam - 49.150
Lauren Brzostowski - 9.75
Katie Hurley - 9.8
Krissy Voss - 9.75
Allyson Sandusky - 9.875
Rachel Inniss - 9.925
Kylie Shields - 9.8

Floor Exercise - 49.100
Justine Foster - 9.775
Lauren Brzostowski - 9.775
Katie Hurley - 9.75
Kylie Shields - 9.85
Krissy Voss - 9.825
Rachel Inniss - 9.875
*Pam Sanasith - 9.7

All-Around
Kylie Shields - 39.175
Krissy Voss - 39.100
*Exhibition