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!"
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