Abby Milliet, Gracie Day, Taylor Krippner, Skyler Sheppard, and Drew Watson all returned to their home state to perform as the season winds down. Every one of them got to compete on an event.
Watson continued to post high scores in the all-around competition claiming three scores of 9.800 on bars, beam, and floor and a 9.875 on vault. She finished with an all-around score of 39.275 as Auburn won the meet with a final score of 195.500
Other notable scores from the Texas natives included a 9.875 from Krippner and Day on bars, a 9.800 from Day on vault, and a 9.850 from Milliet on floor exercise.
“I’m happy with some of the stuff,” said Auburn head coach Jeff Graba. “I really feel like we let some things go today. I think we’re better than the score reflects. I think this was a better performance than that.”
Auburn worked through several flaws in its routines after coming off of a season-high score of 197.100 in a win last week against Arkansas.
“We have to be better than this in the future, but we got some kinks worked out,” Graba said.
Two miscues on vault from Jada Glenn and Krippner resulted in scores of 9.525 and 9.224, respectively. Counting a 9.525 decreased Auburn’s overall vault score significantly. Two additional falls on floor left Auburn out of sorts after receiving scores of 9.025 and 8.675.
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Auburn struggled, but held its lead to finish the meet. The Tigers improved their record to 7-1 on the season and they will have to face No. 9, Alabama two weeks in a row, once in Tuscaloosa and one in Birmingham.
“They’ve been through everything now.” Graba said. “We don’t have any excuses for this next Friday against Alabama. We have to bring our ‘A’ game, and I think we’re ready.”
The rivalry meet will be televised on SEC Network at 6:30 p.m. CST on Friday March 1st.
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