#MIZ #USA Update (June 16)

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USA Softball was in action last Friday (June 13) in Lynchburg, Va., with its group of selection camp invitees sweeping the Central Virginia All-Stars in a doubleheader (10-2, 6-0).

Former Mizzou standouts Nicole Hudson and Rhea Taylor figured into the action, as they both look to make the 2014 roster (announced June 22). More about the Selection Camp can be read here.

We'll keep track of their progress here on the MUTigers.com blog. Photos from the action in Lynchburg can be found on USA Softball's Facebook page here.

Game One (USA 10, CVA 2)
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Hudson doubled in the bottom of the sixth inning to drive in Team USA's final run of the 10-2 win.

Game Two (USA 6, CVA 0)
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Hudson pinch hit and recorded a sacrifice fly. Taylor singled and stole a base for Team USA's efforts. She also led the Red, White & Blue with two runs scored.

TGIF: Thank Genovese It's Friday (June 13)

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Mizzou Softball's First Team All-SEC infielder Corrin Genovese has a knack for making "GIF-worthy" plays. What is a "GIF"? GIF (graphics interchange format) is a common way to share images on the Internet, often times coming in the form of animation. Why would we need an animation? Highlights! And Genovese creates plenty of them.

SETTING THE STAGE: It was March 28, and No. 16 Mizzou (23-8) was hosting No. 13 Georgia (29-3) at University Field. The opening game of the Tigers' series vs. the Bulldogs was an important one to have, as Mizzou needed to start adding wins to its 2-4 start in SEC play.

THE PLAY: Usually known for her glove, Genovese became the first Mizzou player since 2007 to hit two home runs in the same inning. The Tiger infielder led off the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run to left center, setting the score at 2-1 in favor of Georgia. By the time Genovese came back up for the second time in the frame, Mizzou led 7-2. Her second trip to #BombCity (as it is often called on Twitter) was also of the solo shot variety. The Tigers totaled four home runs in the inning and scored eight runs total. Sami Fagan and Kelsea Roth also launched long balls.

THE OUTCOME: Mizzou went on to win, 8-6, in what would be the first victory of a crucial series win. The victory was the first of 13 SEC wins that the Tigers claimed after their 2-4 league start.

THE GIF(s): Enjoy...



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Hello Mizzou Nation, and welcome to the very first edition of the Burg Blog: a first-hand look into the world of Missouri Basketball. I hope to provide you weekly insights, behind the scenes coverage, and a few personal opinions which should be adopted by you immediately.

First let me introduce myself. My names Ryan Rosburg, but most of you probably know me as the tall white kid with the receding hairline. I'm heading into my junior year at Missouri, and currently a Marketing major. It's crazy to think that I have been at Mizzou longer than anyone on the current roster. It seems like just yesterday Phil Pressey was throwing me ridiculous behind the back passes and having them bounce off my head.

TGIF: Thank Genovese It's Friday (June 6)

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Mizzou Softball's First Team All-SEC infielder Corrin Genovese has a knack for making "GIF-worthy" plays. What is a "GIF"? GIF (graphics interchange format) is a common way to share images on the Internet, often times coming in the form of animation. Why would we need an animation? Highlights! And Genovese creates plenty of them.

SETTING THE STAGE: It was April 9, and No. 16 Mizzou (27-10) was hosting Western Illinois at University Field. The Leathernecks (18-14-1) featured one of the hottest hitters in the country in Sammy Marshall, who entered the day batting an incredible .522 at the plate.

THE PLAY: Playing at third base, Genovese had crept up the line to prepare for Marshall's at-bat. A lefty slapper, Marshall's trustworthy attribute was her speed, certainly comparable to the likes of Mizzou's Taylor Gadbois. Marshall sat down a bunt attempt on a pitch from Tori Finucane and sped off towards first base. Genovese perfectly anticipated the play, scooped and fired the ball towards first in one fluid motion for the third out of the inning.

THE OUTCOME: Mizzou went on to win, 4-2, in what would be the first victory of a doubleheader sweep. The Tigers downed WIU, 5-0, in the nightcap.

THE GIF: Enjoy...

Blog: Eubank Makes Smooth Transition To Sophomore Year

COLUMBIA, Mo. - With the 2014 Mizzou gymnastics season in the books, the Tigers gymnasts have begun their off-season conditioning and practice. Each week, Mizzou Athletics will check-in with current members of the gymnastics roster, and look into their personal workouts and reflections of the past season.

In the third edition, we sat down with sophomore Miranda Eubank. In 2013, the Louisville, Kentucky native made an immediate impact in her first year with Mizzou gymnastics. Beginning with the team's road trip to Air Force, Eubank would make the Tigers vault, bars and floor lineups in every meet.

On Feb. 15, 2013 against Kentucky, she would take home her first career event win after tallying a 9.900 score on bars. Eubank's strong season on bars would culminate with All-SEC Freshmen Team honors after hitting a 9.800 score on Mar. 23, 2013 at the SEC Championships.

Over the course of the past 2014 campaign, Eubank once again showed her prowess on bars. The sophomore led the Tigers on the event on three different occasions, and surpassed a score of 9.800 or higher seven times. With the help of her outstanding season, the Mizzou bars lineup produced a 48.995 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), which ranked 26th best in the NCAA.

This past season, the Tigers bars lineup also surpassed the event mark of 49.000 or higher three times. Eubank and her fellow bars lineup members (Rebecca Johnson, Rachel Updike, Briana Conkle, Sasha Sander, and Blair Elmore) time and time again proved to be the team's most successful event.

With a strong foundation, excellent leadership from assistant coach John Carney and incredible team chemistry; Eubank knew this year's bars lineup was destined for great things.

"Bars has always been one of my favorite events," said Eubank. "When you pair that with all the awesome and hardworking bar swingers we had on the team this year, it was easy to find the motivation to keep pushing for improvement and consistency."

From her freshmen to sophomore season at Mizzou, Eubank not only saw improvement on the competition floor but also became more comfortable in her every day student life. The ability to learn from her first-year experiences enabled the sophomore to make the next jump in her academic and athletic career.

"My classes have definitely gotten more challenging as I progress through my biological sciences coursework, but I can officially say I survived sophomore year!" said Eubank. "It was great living in an apartment this past school year, but I do miss the dorms and being so close to campus. As far as competition, it was nice knowing what to expect this time around. I remember being terrified for my first meet as a freshman, but this year I was even more excited to be back out on the competition floor!"

Next winter, Eubank will begin her junior season for Mizzou gymnastics. While she worked through a couple injuries this past year, the ability to enter 2015 at full-strength will prove detrimental for a successful season.

"In 2015, I would love to be back out on the floor," said Eubank. "An ankle injury right before the season kept me off of that event this year, but it is such a fun event to train and compete for. I am excited that my transition from underclassman to upperclassman will bring about more opportunities to have a leadership-type role on this team!"

For the latest information on all things Mizzou gymnastics, check-in to MUTigers.com. You can also follow the Tigers on social media, by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics) and Instagram (@Mizzou_Gymnastics).

Blog: Kern Enjoys A Standout First-Year Campaign At Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. - With the 2014 Mizzou gymnastics season in the books, the Tigers gymnasts have begun their off-season conditioning and practice. Each week, Mizzou Athletics will check-in with current members of the gymnastics roster, and look into their personal workouts and reflections of the past season.

In the second edition, we sat down with freshman Angie Kern. The Columbia, Missouri native was one of five freshmen to join the Mizzou gymnastics program last season. Kern evolved into one of the top contributors among the freshmen class of 2014, and culminated in an individual NCAA Regional bid for her performance on floor.

For any freshmen student-athlete, the transition from high school to collegiate athletics can be challenging. With the help of her upperclassmen teammates, Kern quickly transitioned into her new surroundings at the University of Columbia.

On the competition floor, Kern and her fellow freshmen gymnasts joined an already young Mizzou program. The ability to immediately step in and compete as a freshman allowed for invaluable learning experiences.

"I think we definitely took away a lot of experience, because we were in lineups and competing," said Kern. "I think we will have a better understanding of what competition is all about in college, and what the team aspect is all about. Also, we now understand what a freshman year is all about, and we can help out the freshmen class of 2015 coming in!"

Not only did Kern compete in every 2014 meet (12 appearances on vault and 11 appearances on floor), but the hometown product continued to show incredible improvement on her two events. On Feb. 21, 2014 against George Washington, Kern earned her first career event title with a score of 9.875 on floor.

The event win against the Colonials was a sign of things to come, as the Tiger gymnast would later earn an individual alternate nomination to the 2014 Fayetteville NCAA Regional. Kern's 9.795 regional qualifying score (RQS) on floor was one of the top marks inside the South Central Region.

To be honored by her peers with an NCAA individual nomination was something Kern would never forget.

"It meant the world to me, because it showed that hard work and loving what you do really pays off," said Kern. "As much as I would have loved to get it (NCAA bid) along with my team, it is still a big honor for any freshman to be nominated like this."

The 2014 Mizzou gymnastics campaign brought an array of exciting accolades and challenging adversity for not only Kern, but the entire Tigers roster. At the end of the day however, Kern would not trade her first year in Columbia, Missouri for anything.

"I would summarize my first season as something very memorable," said Kern. "Every moment spent with my team and competing was everything I hoped for. I cannot wait for next year already, because it will be just as amazing!"

For the latest information on all things Mizzou gymnastics, check-in to MUTigers.com. You can also follow the Tigers on social media, by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics) and Instagram (@Mizzou_Gymnastics).

Blog: Henderson Continues Rehab After 2014 Injury

COLUMBIA, Mo. - With the 2014 Mizzou gymnastics season in the books, the Tigers gymnasts have begun their off-season conditioning and practice. Each week, Mizzou Athletics will check-in with current members of the gymnastics roster and look into their personal workouts.

In the inaugural edition, we sat down with sophomore Rachel Henderson. The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma native sat out this past year, after suffering a season-ending injury at the Black and Gold preseason meet on Dec. 8.

Throughout virtually the entire 2014 competition season, Henderson was limited to cheering on her teammates on the sidelines. The slow and long recovery from her knee surgery involved a lot of time spent on crutches and limited gymnastics activities.

Following the 2014 SEC Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, Henderson began conducting physical rehabilitation. In time, she has even got back into the groove of normal gymnastics activities.

"I am running and sprinting now, and I just started small lateral movements such as side lunges," said Henderson. "I also started practicing again on bars, as that is the most stress free gymnastics activity on my knee at this point."

Last season in her Tigers freshmen campaign, Henderson competed in all but one meet. As the 2013 season moved along, she became a mainstay on the Mizzou beam lineup which included a career-high score of 9.775 at Arizona.

The 2013 season saw an array of devastating injuries for many Tigers gymnasts. While Henderson enjoyed a healthy freshmen year, she was able to observe how injured teammates such as Katelyn Trevino, Rebecca Johnson and Briana Conkle handled their tough circumstances.

Little did Henderson know, the following year she would be thrown into the same situation that so many of her teammates had to deal with in the past. The ability to see how her teammates handled an injury riddled season helped her contribute on the sidelines for the Tigers in 2014.

"I played more of an energy and support role this past year," said Henderson. "I tried to bring as much energy as I could at both meets and practices. Being there every day for my teammates when they needed my support was big as well."

Henderson and her teammates are all just weeks away from completing their 2013-14 school year at the University of Missouri. While the academics side of being a student-athlete will conclude shortly, the Tigers gymnasts will continue their athletics preparation for the 2015 campaign.

"We are doing a lot of new things, as far as conditioning and 'Challenge Fridays' at the Tiger Performance Complex," said Henderson. "For me personally, getting back into the shape I was in before my injury is key. Proper nutrition and fitness is at the front of my mind right now, along with putting together new and clean gymnastics routines for next season!"

Stay tuned to MUTigers.com for more Mizzou Gymnastics off-season updates. You can also follow the Tigers on social media, by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics) and Instagram (@Mizzou_Gymnastics). 

Mizzou Among 2014 Top-20 Gymnastics National Attendance

COLUMBIA, Mo - According to GymInfo.com, Missouri gymnastics finished among the top-20 in average home meet attendance this past season. This marks the second consecutive year that the Tigers have placed in the top-20 attendance rankings. 

In 2014, Missouri fans averaged 2,114 fans at the home Hearnes Center meets which ranked 17th in the country. This year's season high attendance of 3,053 fans came on Feb. 7 against Southeast Missouri State for the annual "Beauty and the Beast" meet. Missouri's max attendance figure this season also finished in the respective top-20 rankings, as the 3,053 mark placed 18th best in the nation. 

Under first year head coach Shannon Welker, the Missouri gymnastics program enjoyed a bounce-back year in many facets. Highlighted by an outstanding 6-2 record in the month of February, Tigers fans made their way to the Hearnes Center consistently throughout the year. The 2,114 average home attendance was the second highest figure in Missouri gymnastics since 2010.

"Mizzou gymnastics is so grateful for all of the support we receive from our fans," said Welker. "Our fan support has such a positive impact on our performance and the overall excitement of the event. The SEC has such a high caliber of gymnastics and Mizzou provides an entertaining and fact paced family atmosphere at our competitions."

"We are excited about building on the momentum and fielding a very competitive team for next season. Thank you again to all our loyal fans and make sure to get your season tickets for the 2015 campaign!"

Along with Missouri, the Tigers fellow SEC gymnastics opponents made their presence known in this year's national attendance numbers. Alabama (2nd), Georgia (3rd), Florida (4th), LSU (5th), Auburn (6th), Kentucky (8th), and Arkansas (9th) all ranked among the nation's best average home attendance figures. 

Next season, Missouri gymnastics will once again have one of the premier schedules in the country. Featuring top-tier out of conference opponents and familiar SEC foes, Tigers fans will be treated to some of the best collegiate gymnastics competition in the nation. 

For the latest information on all things Mizzou gymnastics, check-in to MUTigers.com. You can also follow the Tigers on social media, by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics). 

2014 Women's Gymnastics Average Home Attendance Leaders

1 - Utah - 14,375
2 - Alabama - 12,825
3 - Georgia - 9,504
4 - Florida - 7,366
5 - LSU - 5,586
6 - Auburn - 5,577
7 - UCLA - 5,107
8 - Kentucky - 3,265
9 - Arkansas - 3,235
10 - Oregon State - 2,973
11 - Michigan - 2,574
12 - North Carolina - 2,386
13 - North Carolina State - 2,361
T-14 - Iowa State - 2,254
T-14 - Nebraska - 2,254
16 - Oklahoma - 2,148
17 - MIZZOU - 2,114
18 - Kent State - 2,113
19 - Penn State - 2,017
20 - Southern Utah - 1,962

Gymnastics Participates In Local Mizzou Moves Event

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Throughout the day on Tuesday at Fairview Elementary School, countless student-athletes from Mizzou Athletics worked with kids to promote proper everyday health and fitness. Beginning in the morning and ending in the late afternoon, Mizzou student-athletes took part in hour long "Mizzou Moves" sessions with each individual grade at the school.

 

Members of Mizzou gymnastics made their presence felt all day long, as they conducted a variety of fun-filled activities with the Fairview students. Among the array of interactive activities included health education, physical challenges and team-building exercises.

 

Freshman Alyson Heimsath and junior Katelyn Trevino were two of many Mizzou gymnasts that made their way to the local Columbia, Mo. elementary school. Each Tigers gymnast, along with other student-athletes from various Mizzou athletics programs, jumped all over the opportunity to give back to the local community.

 

During each hour long session, a pair of student-athletes were charged with the task of promoting specific health and fitness lessons. Trevino and her fellow teammates know first-hand the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

 

"I think it is so cool to be able to help these kids understand the importance of nutrition," said Trevino. "Doing it in a fun and exciting way encourages them to take care of their bodies at a young age. It is definitely something I wish I could have learned more about when I was a kid myself."

 

Although she is only a freshman at Mizzou, Heimsath has already made her second appearance at a Mizzou Moves event. The ability to interact with kids and teach them important life lessons is what keeps the Houston, Texas native coming back time and time again.

 

"I love working with kids, and they look like they really enjoy spending time with the Mizzou student-athletes," said Heimsath. "It is really cool to go play games with them and promote the same concepts that we learn ourselves as student-athletes."

 

While all the Mizzou student-athletes in attendance Tuesday had their schoolwork and practice to finish still later in the day, the opportunity to reach out to the local community was too hard to pass up.

 

"Mizzou Moves was so much fun!" said Trevino. "Myself, along with my fellow gymnastics teammates, had a blast working with the kids at Fairview Elementary. A program like Mizzou Moves is really inspiring for everyone involved."

 

Fans can access more information on Mizzou Athletics' community efforts at MUTigers.com. For all things Mizzou Gymnastics, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics). 

Tigers Beat: Junior Katelyn Trevino In-Depth

One of the most common answers you will get from a student-athlete when asked the question "Why did you come to Mizzou" is the family atmosphere that the athletic department gives off. Missouri gymnastics junior, Katelyn Trevino, noted that alongside the family vibe, there was a large amount of passion coming from all of the athletes and staff, no matter which sport or department they were in. Her fellow student-athletes and athletics staff members were also very welcoming no matter where you reside from (Dallas, Texas in her case). On her visit, she recalled instantly knowing that this is where she wanted to be because there was something special about Mizzou that felt like home.

Trevino has been a part of gymnastics since she was three years old. In fact, her parents (Rich and Marilyn Trevino) own a gymnastics club back home in Dallas, and under their tutelage she became both the verbal and physical leader that she has become today at Missouri. 

After successful freshmen and sophomore campaigns in 2011 and 2012, Trevino was faced with adversity her junior season at Mizzou. In the third meet of the season, Trevino suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon rupture. While she knew the road to recovery would be challenging, she still managed to find positives from the situation at-hand.  Trevino has come back for the 2014 season with as much passion as ever, as she has continued her relentless support towards her fellow teammates even through suffering a minor injury in the beginning of the year.

On top of being able to once again compete this season, Trevino was also named co-captain along with fellow junior, Rebecca Johnson. This is the first year Missouri gymnastics have had official captains, as per head coach Shannon Welker's instruction and it happened to work out that the two girls are also best friends outside the gym.

"I am the extrovert personality and Becca (Johnson) is the introvert personality of the team." said Trevino. "I am the one that speaks out when needed and lays it out on the table, and she is the one who tidies it up. I think we have the perfect balance."

It is their job to make sure the communication between and within the team and coaches runs smoothly. Opposed to a superiority role, Trevino said their role has served as a team-strengthening device. The core values of the team are demonstrated and instructed through the pair of captains, in the hopes that the team can band together even further and continue with their love and support for each other through thick and thin.

Last December, the 22-year-old Trevino completed her undergraduate degree in communications with a minor in Spanish, in only three years at the University of Missouri. This year she began working on her Masters degree in positive coaching and is set to receive her degree in May 2015. Although Trevino is unsure of what she really wants to do as a career, she knows she wants to have an impact on people, which is what the Missouri gymnastics program facilitates and builds on.

It is not uncommon for student-athletes to continue on with their education after receiving their undergraduate degree in order to complete their four years of eligibility. Beginning work on a Masters degree is not only something that allows a student to continue to compete in their sport, but it is a sure-fire way to have a leg-up while looking for a job later on. In most cases, their program is completed shortly after their last season of competition.

"I am really passionate about my Masters program," said Trevino. "I really want to learn the material and put full effort into every piece of work I do because it is something I enjoy and will take with me into life after gymnastics."

Trevino and her fellow Missouri gymnasts travel to No. 11 Auburn on Friday, Mar. 7. The dual meet will be the last regular season road trip of the year for the Tigers. Missouri then closes out their home schedule at the Hearnes Center next Friday, Mar. 14, as they host the defending national champion Florida Gators. 

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