Auburn freshman wins event at NCAA Gymnastics Championships
Fort Worth, Tex.--Freshman Derrian Gobourne made Auburn gymnastics history on Friday night by finishing in first place in the vault at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships.
Posting a score of 9.95, which matched her career-high set in the regional qualifying meet at Baton Rouge, La., Gobourne became the first Auburn athlete to win an individual gymnastics national championship.
“We are so proud of Derrian,” Coach Jeff Graba said. “This meet is extremely tough to be your best at with the intense pressure and not having a team here to vocally support you.
“To perform at her highest in this meet says volumes about Derrian’s competitive spirit,” Graba added. “She deserves this national recognition and we are so happy for her.”
Gobourne, who is from Sarasota, Fla., advanced to the nationals as an individual after her team came up short of qualifying for the national championship meet. She finished in a tie for first place in the event held at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” she said. “I can’t wait to bring this championship back to my team and can’t wait to be here next year with all of them.”
The freshman joins Julie Dwyer (2005, 2008) and Caitlin Atkinson (2013) as Auburn gymnasts to earn All-American honors in the vaul