GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Auburn junior gymnast Rachel Inniss competed Thursday night at the NCAA Championships as an individual qualifier in the floor exercise, scoring a 9.7 in rotation five. Inniss competed with the Florida Gators, and placed 34th in section two of the championship.
"It was really a long day for her," said associate head coach Rachelle Thompson. "She got here to stretch at 4:45 p.m., warmed up at 6 p.m.
following the layoff, she didn't compete until around 9 p.m., which is tough. We're super proud of how far she's come this year and she looked great. Obviously, she would've liked to perform a little bit better, but we're just really happy and proud of what she's done this season."
"We just had to stay in the crowd the whole time, and try to stay to stay loose just by stretching and heat packs, things like that," said Inniss of the layoff.
However, she was pleased with the overall experience.
"It was a great experience. It was just so amazing to be here. I just wish I finished on a better note."
Four of Auburn's opponents this season will compete Friday in the Super Six. Alabama led section two with a 196.850, while Florida scored a 196.775. Stanford also advanced to the Super Six with a 196.300. In section one, UCLA took the top mark, scoring a 196.875. Utah followed with a 196.625, while Oklahoma came in third with 196.550.
The Super Six begins Friday at 5 p.m., CT. Individual finals commence Saturday, and also begin at 5 p.m.