BERKELEY, Calif. – Auburn posted a total score of 194.625 on Sunday afternoon as it finished fourth in a quad-meet at the University of California with Kentucky and Arizona in the season opener for all four schools.
The host Golden Bears from Cal finished in first place with a total of 195.425, while Kentucky was second (195.125) and Arizona was third with a 194.825 total score.
Auburn was forced to count a fall by Bri Guy and a step out by Kait Kluz in its first rotation. The Tigers did get big routines from Brittany Webster and Caitlin Atkinson as it posted a total score of 48.375 on floor exercise. In just her third routine of her collegiate career, Lexus Demers added a 9.8 to open the meet.
The Tigers bounced back with a big score on vault, posting a 49.075, while also making up some ground in the standings. With the total, Auburn moved from third to second in the quad meet. That score is higher than all but two meets for Auburn in 2012. Leading the charge were senior Toi Garcia with a 9.825 and the freshman Atkinson with a 9.875. Another senior, Petrina Yokay, also added a strong 9.825.
Kluz came through with a 9.775 to lead off bars and get Auburn started. Guy followed up with a career high 9.875 which was followed by Abbey Habicht’s total of 9.825. Yokay added a 9.85, but the Tigers were forced to count Atkinson’s 9.45 for a total of 48.775.
Auburn struggled through the first two routines of the final rotation – balance beam. The Tigers rebounded with a strong performance by Habicht (9.825) and a crucial 9.825 from Megan Walker. The Houston-native Atkinson posted a 9.85, and then Guy wrapped the rotation with a 9.7 as Auburn totaled 48.45 to finish the meet.
Atkinson totaled 39.050 in the all-around, while Guy posted a total score of 38.550 on all four events.