adidas watch Abby Milliet looks back to form as No
Bouncing back from a season ending injury is usually a difficult thing to do.
After competing in the first three meets of 2017 for Auburn Gymnastics, Abby Milliet suffered a leg injury that derailed her junior year. Milliet set a season best 9.85 on bars against Georgia and recorded a 9.875 on beam at Kentucky before the injury.
“Definitely getting there; it takes a couple (of meets),” Milliet said on Tuesday. “I was out for a long time and I kind of forgot that at first, but at this point it’s just building.”
As No. 17 Auburn prepares to take on No. CST in Auburn Arena on Friday, Milliet appears to be the most consistent scorer for the Tigers. She’s earned four event titles through the first four meets of 2018, which includes setting a career best 9.925 on the beam against Missouri on Jan. 12.
Before the season kicked off for Auburn, head coach Jeff Graba mentioned that having Milliet back meant his team could rely on consistency on the bars and beam events.
“If you look on paper, getting Abby back means we didn’t really lose a lot on bars and beam,” he said. “So, I think on paper we should be fine on bars and beam; those will be the ones we have to lean on early.”
Last week against Kentucky, Milliet earned two first place finishes after earning a 9.9 on the beam and tying with Kentucky’s Sidney Dukes on floor with a 9.9. Milliet also recorded a season best 9.875 on the bars.
“Physically, I feel all the way. It’s just the mental side of it,” said Milliet. “I just have to keep working on it, definitely.”
Auburn lost 196.700 196.250 to Kentucky.
Things won’t get any easier for Milliet and the Tigers this week. Florida will enter Friday’s competition a week removed from beating No. 1 Oklahoma 198.150 198.125.
The Gators were led by senior Alex McMurty with a pair of 10.0s in the meet, while freshman Alyssa Baumann scored a 9.925 on floor to seal the victory for Florida.
McMurty earned SEC Gymnast of the Week honors for her performance. She is also tied first nationally on vault with a 9.925. Florida’s Rachel Gowey is third nationally on beam (9.919) while Kennedy Baker is third on floor (9.933).
“Honestly, we’re just going to prepare the same way we always have,” Milliet said of Auburn’s preparation for Florida. “Like we say, it doesn’t matter who’s on the other side of the floor, it matters what we do.