Auburn Edged By Tide in Closest Meet In Thompson Era

Auburn's Julie Dwyer and Lindsey Puckett earn first place on beam and vault

Jan. 18, 2008

Auburn, Ala. - Auburn's Julie Dwyer tied a career high mark on beam Friday night, but it was not enough as No. 3 Alabama edged the Tigers gymnastics team 196.425-195.900 at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

"I am really proud of our gymnasts. I bet no other team in the nation improves by four points like we did," said Auburn head coach Jeff Thompson. "We gained confidence tonight."

After the vault and bar competitions, Auburn trailed Alabama by only .150, with a 9.900 bars performance by A.J. Mills and a 9.850 performance by Dwyer. However, two Alabama gymnasts tied for first on floor with 9.900, to secure the victory for the Crimson Tide.

Auburn gymnasts took first place spots on two events. Auburn junior Lindsey Puckett scored 9.875 on vault and Dwyer took first on beam scoring 9.925. Teammate A.J. Mills was not far behind Dwyer on beam, taking second place and scoring 9.900.

"Everything happened the way we said it needed to in order for us to have a chance to win," said Thompson said. "It was close enough to make them nervous, but not close enough to make them make a mistake."

The Tigers will travel to Denver Sunday, Jan. 20, to face the No. 14 Denver Pioneers at 3 p.m. CT in Hamilton Gymnasium. The Tigers will return to Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 25, to face SEC rival and No. 1-ranked Florida.

Auburn Vault-48.900
Claire Seiffert-8.900
Kayla Gies-9.675
A.J. Mills-9.725
Krissy Voss-9.850
Lindsey Puckett-9.875
Julie Dwyer-9.775

Auburn Bars-49.150
Kayla Gies-9.725
Carmen Nelms-9.800
Krissy Voss-9.775
Lindsey Puckett-9.825
A.J. Mills-9.900
Julie Dwyer-9.850

Auburn Beam-49.150
Kayla Gies-9.800
Krissy Voss-9.725
Katie Hurley-9.675
Lindsey Puckett-9.800
A.J. Mills-9.900
Julie Dwyer-9.925

Auburn Floor-48.700
Claire Seiffert-9.750
Krissy Voss-9.525
Katie Hurlery-9.700
A.J. Mills-9.700
Lindsey Puckett-9.825
Julie Dwyer-9.725

Alabama Vault-48.975
Ricki Lebegern-9.700
Kaitlin White-9.725
Kassi Price-9.800
Brittney Magee-9.725
Kayla Hoffman-9.875
Morgan Dennis-9.850

Alabama Bars-49.275
Kaitlin White-9.775
Amanda Montgomery-9.800
Jacqueline Shealy-9.725
Morgan Dennis-9.850
Kayla Hoffman-9.900
Kassi Price-9.950

Alabama Beam-49.050
Casey Overton-9.850
Amanda Montgomery-9.750
Ricki Lebegern-9.775
Kayla Hoffman-9.800
Kassi Price-9.775
Brittney Magee-9.825

Alabama Floor-49.125
Ashley O'Neal-9.775
Kaitlin white-9.675
Brittney Magee-9.550
Kayla Hoffman-9.900
Kassi Price-9.875
Morgan Dennis-9.910



Auburn junior Lindsey Puckett