Derrian Gobourne's career as an Auburn Tiger has come to an end. With her brother Derric watching, Gobourne showcased her skills one last time, beginning with a wave to the crowd before hitting three straight high-flying passes. The fifth-year senior and Auburn legend finished with a 9.9125 in the event, not enough to qualify for the medal stand.
The first national champion in program history has one more chance to make history and become a two-time national champ when the nationals begin in Fort Worth Texas on Thursday.
Suni Lee revealed on Monday in a Twitter post that an issue with her kidneys was the "non-gymnastics related health issue" that kept her out for the final four meets of Auburn's season.
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.
The Tigers were the No. 12 team in the nation heading into the quad meet and kept pace with Utah after two events, but three falls on bars led to Auburn finishing fourth in the meet, scoring 195.9 and unseeded Washington advancing to Saturday’s Regional Final.
The Auburn Tigers have been here before, even if the circumstances are a little different.
Derrian Gobourne is the SEC Specialist of the Year for the third straight season.
No. 12 Auburn’s journey back to the Final Four will run through Los Angeles. The Tigers will be the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Gymnastics Los Angeles Regional, which will be hosted by UCLA and held from March 29 to April 1.
Fresh off of being named the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year, senior Cassie Stevens did not skip a beat during Session I of Saturday’s SEC Championship meet. Stevens took home the all-around title for Session I with 9.9 or above in all four events, earning her seventh all-around score of 39.500 or above with a 39.650.
Auburn has already made the trip to Duluth for the SEC Championships, and as the Tigers prepare for their afternoon class with three of the top eight SEC teams, they will be without Suni Lee.
It was already going to be a big night for the No. 9 Auburn Tigers.
What was already going to be a difficult meet became even stranger as severe weather forced what would have been another Top-15 Friday night heights matchup for the Auburn Tigers to be postponed to Saturday at 11 a.m. CST. Auburn head coach Jeff Graba had already planned on resting Sunisa Lee on some floor, but with the added delay, senior day coming up and the postseason right around the corner, Graba decided to rest Lee for the entire meet.
Derrian Gobourne has done it again. The fifth-year senior has earned another weekly accolade, being named SEC Specialist of the Week after scoring a 9.9 on vault and a pair of 9.95s on floor and bars during the Tigers' win over Georgia last week.
“This year’s team has a lot of scoring potential, as much as we did last year,” said Auburn head coach Jeff Graba. “It’s just a matter of settling down and believing in ourselves and getting to the point where we expect it to happen a certain way.”
Even on a short week and following the lowest score of the season, the No. 7 Tigers are ready to turn the page at the right time, with three meets to go before the SEC Tournament in Duluth.
With Derrian Gobourne not competing on floor, and Suni Lee competing in just two of four events, it was a rest night for the Auburn Tigers as they took on Missouri.
On a team with an Olympian and the Queen of Auburn gymnastics and a season built around returning to the Final Four for the second appearance in program history, Cassie Stevens has become a star in her own right.
Jungle Village was already populated with hundreds of people in tents set up yesterday, but there was still a packed house on hand to witness another Top-10 matchup for Auburn gymnastics. The No. 15 Tigers set a season-high on the floor and bars on the way to a 197.750 team score, defeating No. 9 LSU.
After another historic night in the career of Suni Lee, the sophomore gymnast was named SEC Gymnast of the Week for the third time this season. It was a great night for Lee and her team, with the Auburn legend scoring two more perfect 10s and Auburn securing a season-high score. The Tigers could not get the win over their rivals, but it was a good step for Lee and the team.
Suni Lee was brilliant again, scoring two more 10s and adding another chapter to her legacy with the No. 11 Tigers scoring a season-high 197.700, but it was not enough as the No. 11 Crimson Tide wrapped the night up with season-high team scores on beam and floor, ultimately taking the win in Tuscaloosa.
When Jeff Graba arrived on the Plains, he wanted to rebuild the program in two ways: bring the crowds into the newly built Auburn Arena and take down Alabama. The Tigers have won three times at home but never on the road in Tuscaloosa.
With two major SEC meets looming, and Sunisa Lee not competing on the floor, No. 5 Auburn took care of business against No. 20 NC State. The Tigers surpassed 197 for the fourth time this year, defeating the Wolfpack 197.175-196.125.
Even with a non-conference week coming, and the Alabama and LSU meets on the horizon, No. 5 Auburn gymnastics is remaining focused on the task in front of it, as No. 20 NC State comes to town on Friday.
A Final Four banner was hung, Suni Lee won the all-around and Derrian Gobourne(along with her equally as exciting family) stole the show once again.
On the road once again, No. 5 Auburn gymnastics traveled to one of the toughest environments in all of college gymnastics, the Swamp. At the home of the No. 2 Gators, the Tigers led after the first rotation, but Florida pulled away behind three perfect 10s, winning the meet with a score of 197.825 to Auburn’s 197.200.
The No. 5 Auburn gymnastics team picked up right where they left off during the inaugural Super 16 in Vegas. Scoring a 197.350 at a quad meet that featured No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Michigan and No. 10 UCLA, the Tigers finished in third place behind Oklahoma(197.925) and Michigan(197.400).