No. 17 GymKats Narrowly Defeated by No. 22 Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. - Despite a career-high on beam by sophomore Mindy Smith, the University of Kentucky gymnastics team fell to Auburn 193.675-193.600 on Friday, Jan. 19, at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Auburn University.
It is a tough way to lose a meet, on inquiries, Coach Leah Little said. I am not sure that has happened to us before. We need to go back, practice and get ready for next week. The GymKats began competition on the uneven bars where they were led by junior Katie Toups' 9.800. Junior Jessie Lemp gave UK its second-highest score with a 9.675, followed by a 9.650 by junior Jennifer Simmons. Freshman Julie Joy rebounded from a fall in the season opener by notching a 9.625. However, the Tigers took the lead after the first rotation.
In the second rotation, the GymKats moved on to the vault, their strongest event, and they showed it. Junior Katie Toups stepped up first and scored a strong 9.675, but that score would not be needed as the remaining five gymnasts scored great than a 9.700, led by sophomore Julia Gore's 9.800, which gave her first place in the event. Junior Jennifer Simmons' 9.775 was second on the team, while freshman Julie Joy scored a career high with a 9.750 to give UK a 48.725.
Auburn and Kentucky finished even in the third rotation as each squad tallied a 48.675, AU on beam and UK on floor. Smith scored a season-high 9.800 to lead the team and the event, while Gore and Joy each tallied 9.750.
For the second consecutive meet, the final results depended on Kentucky's beam routines, and again it was close as two GymKats recorded falls. However, this time around, UK only had to count one fall in scoring a 47.950, led by Smith's career-high 9.900, her 12th consecutive meet without a fall.
UK appeared headed to victory before inquiries on the bar routines for both teams resulted in the Tigers taking the narrow victory.
In the all-around competition, Gore finished the night with a 38.375, coming in just behind Auburn's Gettle, who tallied a 38.625.
UK returns to Lexington for its next competition as it plays host to Michigan and former United States National Team member Elise Ray on Friday, Jan. 26. Action gets underway in Memorial Coliseum at 7:30 p.m.
UK Scores Vault 48.725 Uneven Bars 48.250 Katie Toups 9.675 Nicole Allen 9.500 Julia Gore 9.800 Jessie Lemp 9.675 Aronda Primault 9.700 Julie Joy 9.625 Jennifer Simmons 9.775 Jennifer Simmons 9.650 Julie Joy 9.750 Katie Toups 9.800 Beth Coleman 9.700 Julia Gore 9.100