At home in Auburn Arena, the Auburn Tigers scored a 197.100, winning by nearly a point over the Arkansas Razorbacks, who scored a 196.175. Drew Watson of Auburn was the top all-arounder, scoring a 39.625 and winning vault with a 9.950. Michaela Burton won the balance beam for Arkansas, also scoring a 9.950. Auburn posted their highest score of the season, which could help them break into the top ten this week. Arkansas also beat their season high by half a point and could get into the top 20 this week.

Starting off on vault, Auburn counted four scores above a 9.800 for a total of 49.325. Drew Watson posted the highest score for the Tigers with a 9.950, followed by teammate Jada Glenn, who scored a 9.925. On the uneven bars, Arkansas had two falls, scoring a total of 48.625. The Razorbacks came back strong though, counting two scores of 9.875 by Sarah Shaffer and Hailey Garner. Aside from the falls, the rest of the lineup performed well, scoring at least a 9.800 and showing how strong their lineup can be with six hit routines.

The Razorbacks fared better on vault, scoring a 49.050. Arkansas hit six vaults and Shaffer posted their highest score with a 9.875, placing third on the event. Kennedy Hambrick and Sydney McGlone tied for fourth on the event, both scoring 9.850s. The Auburn Tigers scored their highest rotation total of the night on the uneven bars, scoring a massive 49.600 with five routines scoring at least a 9.900. Gracie Day scored a near-perfect 9.975 to win the event. In second was teammate Abby Milliet, who scored a 9.925.

The Auburn Tigers celebrate after winning against the Arkansas Razorbacks in Auburn, Alabama/Auburn Athletics

The Tigers kept their momentum going on the balance beam, scoring a 49.000. Watson and Taylor Krippner tied for second on the event, both scoring a 9.875. Aside from a few wobbles, the team looked solid and performed well. On the floor exercise, the Razorbacks posted a 49.250, counting five scores of at least 9.800. Sophia Carter scored a 9.900 to place second, while McGlone and Shaffer tied for fourth place with scores of 9.875.

Ending on the balance beam, Arkansas kept their composure to score a 49.250. Burton scored a 9.950 to win the event, while the rest of the lineup performed very consistently, scoring either a 9.850 or a 9.800. The Razorbacks will want to improve their consistency as they compete against LSU next week at home. The home team Auburn posted a 49.175 on floor, having to overcome a fall. Freshman phenom Derrian Gobourne posted a 9.925 to win the event, followed by Drew Watson in second place with a 9.900. With an impressive 24 hit routines, Auburn looks to continue improving their ranking as they compete against Texas Women’s next week on the road.

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