The first national champion in Auburn gymnastics history is not done yet. Derrian Gobourne is getting one more chance on floor as the fifth-year senior advanced to NCAA national championship as an individual qualifier.
Gobourne was able to advance following her team's loss on Thursday due to UCLA and Utah advancing, making her the gymnast with the highest score on a non-advancing team and eligible for an appearance in Fort Worth, Texas.
Gobourne secured her spot with a score of 9.925 in the event on Thursday, her highest since the meet with Georgia in late February.
A national champion on vault during her freshman season, Gobourne was a runner-up on floor and bars last season and is looking to cap off a prolific career with one more championship. She is already the most decorated competitor in Auburn gymnastics history.
"I think it was a little bit more special this year, just because of me and my teammates. Just, it just wasn't the year that we wanted. I feel like we've been beaten down a lot," Gobourne said on Monday after winning SEC Specialist of the Year for a third time. "Just to have you know, other people believe in me. It's just, it's amazing."
Gobourne will compete in the event on April 13, representing the university she has called home for five years for one final time.
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