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Sunisa Lee during the gymnastics meet between the Auburn Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Friday, Jan 20, 2023. Alabama News
Suni Lee refocuses on 2024 Olympics after Auburn gymnastics career was cut short

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.

Jeff Graba and Team during Auburn Gymnastics meet vs. Arkansas Alabama News
Auburn gymnastics prepares for showdown out West; Suni Lee still day-to-day

The Auburn Tigers have been here before, even if the circumstances are a little different.

Team photo. Credit: Auburn Athletics Alabama News
Auburn enters SEC Championship without Suni Lee; Senior class leads the way

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. 

Mar 4, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; between Auburn and Florida at Neville Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Shannon/AU Athletics Alabama News
Auburn gymnastics soars on senior night, scores 197.600

It was already going to be a big night for the No. 9 Auburn Tigers.

Cassie Stevens before her beam routine in meet between Auburn gymnastics and NC State. | credit Elaina Eichorn / Auburn Athletics Alabama News
No. 9 Auburn gymnastics rests Suni Lee and falls in Lexington to No. 12 Kentucky

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 on floor (Zach Bland / Auburn Athletics) Alabama News
Derrian Gobourne earns another accolade as Auburn gymnastics looks for solid score on the road

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. 

Derrian Gobourne on floor during meet between the Auburn Tigers and NC State Wolfpack at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Friday, Jan 27, 2023. Taylor Sondgeroth/Auburn Tigers Alabama News
Auburn Gymnastics back on track, scores 197.550 at home

“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.”

Derrian Gobourne on floor Alabama News
No. 5 Auburn gymnastics rests stars Suni Lee and Derrian Gobourne, falls to No. 16 Missouri

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.

Cassie Stevens before her beam routine in meet between Auburn gymnastics and NC State. | credit Elaina Eichorn / Auburn Athletics Alabama News
Cassie Stevens continues to star in senior season on the Plains

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. 

Auburn Gymnastics vs. NC State on Friday, Jan 27, 2023. Taylor Sondgeroth/Auburn Tigers Alabama News
Auburn sets high scores on bars and floor, takes down No. 9 LSU

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. 

Sunisa Lee in meet between Auburn Gymnastics and Alabama Gymnastics. Alabama News
Suni Lee wins another SEC Gymnast of the Week award; Auburn gymnastics now back in top 5

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. 

Sunisa Lee during her floor routine against Arkansas January 20 2023 Alabama News
Suni Lee scores two 10s, but Auburn still falls in Iron Bowl of gymnastics

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. 

Jan 28, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn gymnastics celebrates win over Alabama at Auburn Arena. Alabama News
With history on the line, Auburn Gymnastics remains focused on what comes next

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.

Sunisa Lee during her floor routine against Arkansas January 20 2023 Alabama News
Auburn Gymnastics not overlooking non-conference meet

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. 

Apr 16, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sophia Groth Floor during NCAA Women's Gymnastics Final Four at Dickies Arena. Photographer: Elaina Eichorn/AU Athletics Alabama News
Business as usual for Tigers in gymnastics home opener

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.

Auburn gymnast warms up at the meet vs. No. 2 Florida | Matthew Shannon/Auburn Athletics Alabama News
Auburn gymnastics scores 197.200 in tough road loss to No. 2 Gators

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. 

Apr 16, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sophia Groth Floor during NCAA Women's Gymnastics Final Four at Dickies Arena. Photographer: Elaina Eichorn/AU Athletics Alabama News
Auburn Gymnastics scores program record in season opener

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).