No. 12 Auburn is set to face off in the SEC Championship after a strong finish to the regular season. The Tigers will face off against Arkansas, Georgia and Missouri in Session I this Saturday in Duluth, Georgia.
"Saturday is a great opportunity to get started on the right foot in the postseason," Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. The SEC is the premier conference in the country and we get to match up against the top teams in our sport. All league teams are ranked in the top 20 so we need to be on our game, stay in the bubble and stay focused."
The Tigers are coming off one of the best performances this season against Penn State. Auburn will try to build off the performance and focus on routines as the scores will come to follow.
"This is the final road meet and final opportunity to change our NQS," Graba said. "Good performances bring good score so we're just looking for good performances on Saturday. Scores will take care of themselves."
The biggest news of the meet is the absence of Suni Lee. The gold medalist will miss her third straight meet after suffering a non-gymnastics health issue.
Due to this, Auburn will need to rely on others in the meet, most notably the presence of Cassie Stevens and Derrian Gobourne.
Gobourne will be crucial to any success the Tigers have when it comes to the floor and the vault, as she is known for her flawless floor routine and holds a title on vault.
Cassie Stevens has been able to shine this year. Arguably an athlete that has been overshadowed because of the presence if Lee and Gobourne, Stevens has put together many crucial performances in the all-around this season.
Auburn will attempt to boost its NQS throughout the session, while also attempting to claim an SEC Championship. The meet is set to kick off at 2:30 CT with broadcasting on the SEC Network.