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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. 

Mizzou Gymnastics: Q and A

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Gymnastics team is over halfway through their 2014 season, and have shown consistency and improvement from week one. Currently, the Tigers are riding a three-meet winning streak, and will look to get back to .500 (4-4) with a win this Friday, Feb. 21 against George Washington. Missouri and the Colonials square off at the Hearnes Center Friday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT. 

In this edition of "Missouri Q and A" freshman Anna Bowers, freshman Lark Pokladnik and sophomore Miranda Eubank share their early thoughts and observations from the 2014 season up to this point.

Missouri Gymnastics: What are your general thoughts on the 2014 gymnastics season so far here in Columbia?

Lark Pokladnik: This season has been full of many successes so far. We have put up great line-ups and produced great event scores. Now we are just needing to bring it all together so we can show everyone what this team truly has to offer. Once we do that, we will be a force to be reckoned with!

Anna Bowers: So far this season, we have come a long way but still have room for improvement. Which is a very exciting thought!

Miranda Eubank: We are currently about halfway through our season, and our team has produced some great things so far. I can confidently say that we have much more to show still for the rest of the 2014 season.

MG: What is the main difference you have experienced so far with head coach Shannon Welker and his coaching staff (assistant coaches John Carney and Casey Jo Magee)?

LP: I know Shannon is new to the whole team, but coming from my previous club coaches to now coach Welker has made my transition easy.

AB: Shannon is very factual and straight to the point, which is really helpful in terms of knowing what you need to fix in order to be a great gymnast.

ME: Our coaches have really lifted Missouri gymnastics to a new level of focus and determination towards success. We see it working for us every day in the gym, and I'm confident it will shine through in our performances for the rest of the season and beyond!

MG: Anna and Lark, describe how your first season in collegiate gymnastics is going, and what has stood out the most while being at Mizzou

LP: My first collegiate season has been very different than I ever imagined it to be. Coming off a major injury from last season in Junior Olympics has definitely changed the way this year has gone for me as a gymnast. However, learning how to rely on a team, and knowing that they have my back has been a very positive experience for myself and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this season holds. The thing that stands out the most at Mizzou is without a doubt the academic support system for the student-athletes. They have helped me choose the right classes to take for my major (Psychology), and have provided tutors that have helped me excel thus far in my academic career.

AB: My first NCAA season has been very different from club, but I think in a good way. It has been a very long but fun journey, and I am looking forward to the rest of the season with my teammates!

Tigers Beat: Trio Of Juniors Make Their Triumphant Return

By: Missouri Gymnastics Student Beat Writer, Amanda Nusbaum

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Minor injuries are not uncommon for athletes, especially at the collegiate level. A few weeks on the sideline is usually the extent of the recovery time for the athlete, but the team as a whole is still able to go on with their season. For the larger injuries however, the impact is far more apparent, especially for smaller athletics programs like gymnastics.

In one such case, the 2012-2013 season for Mizzou Gymnastics saw season-ending injuries to three key competitors within a two-and-a-half week span. At each of the Tigers' first three meets, the team saw another girl go down and the journey back would be long and hard for all three involved.

The first to get hit with the injury bug was junior Rebecca Johnson, two days before the first conference meet against Alabama. A hyperextended knee after a vault landing in practice would fracture her tibia and tear her PCL, which put her on crutches for the foreseeable future. Nine days later at the meet against Florida, junior Brianna Conkle dislocated her ankle during floor warm-ups, landing her in a cast in addition to a night at a local hospital.

With two girls out for the season already, the third meet of the season a week later (Air Force Quad Meet) started off equally as grim. In the first rotation warm-ups of the evening, redshirt junior Katelyn Trevino would rupture her Achilles tendon, resulting in the need for surgery. The injury-riddled month of January came to a close for Mizzou, and the three injured gymnasts bound together to push through their own recoveries and to also support the team for the remainder of the year.

For Trevino, the injury was particularly mentally devastating. Gymnastics had been an integral part of her life since she was three years old, and the injury seemed like a setback she may not be able to come back from. The inability to help her team caused a sense of grief and frustration.

However, with the aid from her fellow injured teammates, Trevino would rebound mentally as the 2013 season progressed.

"Bri (Conkle) and Becca (Johnson) not only understood how I felt and how much it hurt not to be able to contribute to the team, but they also inspired me through their own mental strength," said Trevino. "It gave me hope for the future, which caused me to never give up, even when I may have wanted to."

Trevino would be on crutches for seven weeks after her surgery, which marks almost exactly a year ago to this day. Johnson, who was fortunate to never have had an injury prior to her 2013 incident, was on crutches for eight weeks before she was cleared to begin rehab. Even after almost a year, Conkle notes that the pain of landings has not gone away, and may not ever for that matter.

Throughout the rest of the season, especially in the height of their recoveries, the girls focused their energies on being the biggest cheerleaders for their team. Unable to go out and compete, they knew the most important thing they could do for their teammates was to show them that they were still with there to support them to the fullest.

The first thing Trevino, Johnson and Conkle would all be cleared for gymnastics-wise, starting around the beginning of the 2013 summer months, would be the uneven bars as long as they did not conduct any hard landings.

Johnson noted that bars had never been her favorite, but when it was the only thing she could do, she would spend hours upon hours practicing on them. All that time working on the event paid off early-on in the 2014 season, which culminated in an all-time gymnastics memory for the Tigers junior.

"At the Pink Out meet against Arkansas a couple weeks back, I hit a strong bar routine and stuck my dismount," said Johnson. "Katelyn (Trevino) then ran over and picked me up in a moment of sheer joy, and I felt the biggest rush of emotion. There was electricity running through my veins, and in my head it was like we are officially back."

All three girls have slowly come back into competition, and each have high hopes for the rest of the 2014 Tigers season. This past offseason, a big effort was made by first year head coach Shannon Welker and his coaching staff to bond the whole team together, which included creating smaller "families" and a big / little sister program.

Conkle in particular was incredibly enthusiastic of the special dynamic the team formed over the course of offseason workouts and team bonding activities.

"I feel really good about our team this year and the potential we have shown," proclaimed Conkle. "We have really worked on bonding as a team, and it truly feels like we are sisters."

"I think this year is going to be really special for us, and I am really excited to show our fans what each of us have been working towards!"

As the Tigers head to North Carolina State this weekend for their second road-trip of the season, the three junior gymnasts will continue their outstanding comeback from last year's injuries. While there will certainly be some setbacks and mentally difficult moments the rest of the season, all three now know they won't have to look far for support. 

Tigers Beat: Hometown Kern Begins Her Mizzou Career

By: Missouri Gymnastics Student Beat Writer, Amanda Nusbaum
COLUMBIA, Mo. - When most athletes come to college, they are leaving the places they have been competing in for a majority of their lives. The fan-bases are different (usually broader) and it makes the atmosphere change-over even larger. A small handful of athletes, however, choose to stay in their hometowns. They will recall coming to competitions when they were younger and dreaming of being the ones to compete on the floor. For one such Missouri Tigers gymnast, freshman Angie Kern, Columbia has always been her home. 
The Rock Bridge graduate competed for Mizzou for the first time in her collegiate career at the exhibition meet on Dec. 8 against Lindenwood University. Kern noted how surreal it was to look up in the Hearnes Center crowd and see young girls watching her compete and remembering when it was the other way around. For the first time in over 13 years, she was no longer the on-looker, but would be able to call herself part of the group that inspires those young girls who dream of one day becoming a collegiate gymnast as well.
One large factor for Kern staying in Columbia is the fact that all of her family and friends are close enough that they can come out and support her and the rest of the team. The audience as a whole that Sunday afternoon against Lindenwood was very different for Kern. 
"In club, it was always a few family members, teammates and coaches watching you, but here, it is an entire arena," said Kern. 
For collegiate gymnastics, the primary focus is on the success of the team as a whole, rather than just the individual performances in club competitions. At Mizzou and NCAA meets across the country, the team scores are most important and thus can be completely dependent on how well an individual performs and it is important for the team to stand behind each girl as she competes. During floor routines, for example, the team will line up on one side of the floor and add in their own flair during certain points in the music.
Despite the jump up in competition level, Kern, who scored a 9.700 on floor and 9.750 on vault during the exhibition, thought the judging was about the same as she saw in club.
"In college, it is all about fine tuning details and cleaning up your form to make the routines more precise," Kern stated. "In gymnastics, and especially in college now, you are always hoping that your routines score well and get even better throughout the season."
As all gymnasts do, Kern will strive to score even higher each meet, starting with her team's season opener against Alabama this Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Tigers will look to avenge their loss to the Crimson Tide from last season and begin their second season in the SEC with full force.

Blog: 2014 Preseason Rankings Released

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Last Thursday, the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches released their preseason poll. The initial set of rankings once again shows the prowess of the SEC Women's Gymnastics programs, as seven schools cracked the Top-25. In fact, three of the top five teams lie within the SEC (No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Alabama and No. 5 LSU).

Under the direction of new head coach Shannon Welker, the Missouri Tigers also received some recognition in the first coaches' poll. The Tigers fell in the "other teams receiving votes" category, falling just out of the initial Top-25 list.

The preseason No. 1 Florida Gators, received 21-of-31 first place votes possible and will look to repeat as National Champions this upcoming season. Missouri will host Florida at the Hearnes Center this year, with the Gators traveling to Columbia, Mo. on Mar. 14. The meet is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. CT start. 

This year's regular season opener will provide an instant challenge for the Tigers. On Jan. 10, Missouri hits the road to take on No. 2 Alabama with the meet beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Tigers' and Crimson Tide's meet in Tuscaloosa, Al. will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

Missouri's non-conference schedule will also bring some quality opponents to the table. Similar to the Tigers, North Carolina State and George Washington also received votes in the 2014 preseason poll. Missouri will compete against North Carolina State at Raleigh, N.C. on Feb. 1, while they will host George Washington at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 21.

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: Coaches' Update on Tigers' Off-season Preparation

The 2013-14 Mizzou Gymnastics exhibition contest against Lindenwood University is only weeks away, as Tigers fans will soon have their first glimpse of this season's squad.

 

Over the past few months, head coach Shannon Welker and his staff have heightened the intensity at practices inside the Tiger Performance Complex (TPC). A handful of inter-squad meets between the Mizzou gymnasts has helped simulate the game day atmosphere that they will see this year at the Hearnes Center.

 

The continued hard work at the TPC has the Tigers primed for a successful season, as they prepare for their second year in the competitive Southeastern Conference (SEC).

 

Since the team began their off-season practices and conditioning this fall, Welker has been pleased with the progression he has seen from the Mizzou gymnasts.


"Every week we see significant progress in skill development, execution and mental toughness," said Welker. "The strides this team has made, and will continue to make have been impressive."

 

Assistant Coach Casey Jo Magee, has also noticed the hard work and dedication from the Tigers student-athletes so far this off-season.

 

"The girls have been pushing themselves on a daily basis to improve, and it has really shown so far," said Magee. "They are making big strides in preparing for the upcoming season, and although we still have some work to do before our exhibition meet against Lindenwood, I know we will get there. They have good attitudes and are committed to reaching the goals we set before the year began, so it is a fun atmosphere to be around."

 

This season marks the first year in Columbia for each member of the Mizzou Gymnastics coaching staff. As a group, the staff has laid out expectations and goals for their student-athletes for the upcoming season.

 

Welker in particular, has stressed the idea of creating a "championship culture" around the Mizzou Gymnastics program.

 

"We look for and expect our team to transfer the confidence and energy with which they train into competition settings," said Welker. "These ladies are very prepared, and we know they can 110-percent when the spotlights are on them!"

 

On Sunday, Dec. 8 against Lindenwood, Tigers gymnastics fans will finally get to see first-hand this year's collection of gymnasts. Magee notes that this group of girls will bring a new sense of excitement and energy to the Hearnes Center each meet.

 

"We want to show the fans a motivated and energetic group of Tigers!" said Magee. "We want to give the crowd a reason to get involved, and to get them on their feet and be loud!"

Blog: Tigers Freshman Make The Transition To Columbia

Throughout the University of Missouri-Columbia campus this weekend, many will be celebrating the first quarter of the school year with homecoming festivities. With the first two months of the 2013-14 school year in the books, the freshman class at Mizzou will soon be concluding their first semester in Columbia.

For the five freshman student-athletes within the Mizzou Gymnastics team, the transition from high school to college has needless to say been a whirlwind of emotions.

Anna Bowers (Matthews, N.C.), Alyson Heimsath (Houston, Texas), Angie Kern (Columbia, Mo.), Lark Pokladnik (Dallas, Texas), and Sasha Sander (Cincinnati, Ohio) all make up the current Tigers gymnastics freshman class. For each student-athlete, the experiences they've faced so far in the new collegiate atmosphere have varied.

"The first couple of months here have definitely been an adventure," said Kern. "Getting into the groove of everything from gymnastics practice, to academics, has been tough but I wouldn't change it for anything else."

Similar to her teammate, Sander notes the challenges of managing the athletics lifestyle and the academics expectations for collegiate student-athletes.

"These first months are truly ones to remember," said Sander. "There have been a lot of transition with learning how to work through a busy schedule, and finding ways to balance school and athletics."

"It has only been a couple months, but I already feel right at home and I know I'm part of something very special here at Mizzou."

Up to this point in their gymnastics career, the five freshman have experienced practices and competitions primarily within their club teams back home. As they enter the collegiate world of gymnastics and will compete against perennial power teams inside the Southeastern Conference (SEC), they know what challenges lie ahead of them.

During these first months of practices and inter-squads at the Tiger Performance Complex, the freshman class have immediately noticed the differences between the club and college atmosphere.

"It's way different," said Heimsath. "Doing gymnastics in high school is more for yourself, and getting better. College is all about the team. You work hard every day to better the team, and continue to push your teammates."

Bowers has also quickly taken in the "team" aspect of collegiate gymnastics here at Mizzou.

"The biggest transition from club to college is putting your teammates before yourself, and realizing that everything you do has an effect on the team," said Bowers. "Once you understand this you will then be ready to successfully make that transition."

As the freshman on the Mizzou roster continue their preparation for the exhibition opener on Dec. 8, 2013 against Lindenwood, they all are looking forward to the challenges ahead of them.

"I'm looking forward to competing, and being within a team atmosphere," said Pokladnik. "The SEC is no joke, so we will need all the support we can get from each other and the Mizzou fans. I believe this will be a great season, and that we will make a name for ourselves within Mizzou athletics!"

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 and Instagram.

Captain's Practice Report

The Mizzou Gymnastics squad is in full swing with weekly practices, as they prepare for the upcoming 2013-14 season in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers will host Lindenwood University with a December 8th exhibition at the Hearnes Center, before kicking off the regular season at Alabama on January 10th.

With two inter-squad practices in the books for Mizzou, team captains Rebecca Johnson (Pewaukee, Wis.) and Katelyn Trevino (Ovilla, Texas) look to lead the team's off-season preparation.

As a senior, Trevino reflected on her time within the gymnastics program up to this point and what it personally means to her.

"To be named a captain was a huge honor, and a surprise to be honest," said Trevino. "My collegiate career in Columbia as a Mizzou gymnast has been an adventure so far, to say the least. I don't think anyone would have predicted that I would have become a team captain, including myself."

"It's such a rewarding feeling knowing that my coaches and teammates support me, and have confidence in me to help accomplish all the goals we set for this season."

While she's only a junior, Johnson also recognizes the meaning of being named a team captain by her teammates and coaching staff.

"Plain and simple, it's an absolute honor to help lead this amazing group of girls this season," said Johnson. "Being a captain is never really something I could have ever imagined, but I've learned a lot in the last two years both as a gymnast and in becoming a team leader."

While being named a team captain for any sports team may appear as all glitz and glamour, the day-to-day responsibilities for these individuals often go un-noticed. For both Trevino and Johnson, long hours at practice and in the classroom will lead to many challenges for the upcoming season.

Arguably above anything else, the captains will both be looked upon for their leadership and positive attitude every day at the Tiger Performance Complex.

"I would say that our main role as captains is to lead by example," said Johnson. "There is nothing more powerful than living in a way that other want to model after."

This year, Head Coach Shannon Welker welcomes five freshman to the Tigers roster. With a brand new coaching staff, Trevino knows the importance of helping them in transitioning the new girls from their old high school atmosphere to the new expectations surrounding a gymnastics college program.

"I always want to try to help the freshman out, since I know what it's like to feel lost and a little overwhelmed with a whole new world in collegiate gymnastics," said Trevino. "I want each of them to feel comfortable in asking me for help whenever they're struggling or if they need any kind of guidance."

"All in all, I'm here to help them have a freshman year at Mizzou that is unforgettable in a positive way."

The 2013-14 season will mark the second year in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for the Tigers, and the girls look to improve on their performance from last season. For Johnson, the excitement and anticipation of redeeming themselves as a team serves as motivation this year.

"We did not, by any means, have the year we wanted last year," said Johnson. "For me personally, since I was injured all of last season, I'm looking forward to contributing to this incredible program and getting out on the competition floor again."

"We are all hungry to show the SEC that we can compete every time out, and succeed in this incredibly talented conference."

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 and Instagram.

Blogging with Becca: The Final Edition

 

So it's the last week of summer training and therefore, my last edition of Blogging with Becca! I want to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who read my posts and kept up with the team this summer. I've had an absolute blast being your little Mizzou gymnastics messenger for the last eight weeks!

 

Speaking of, I'm sitting here wondering where the last 8 weeks went... the summer just flew by! But not too fast for us to be apart of some awesome events. Jordyn Wieber came into towIMG_0571.JPGn last weekend for the opening ceremonies of the Show Me State Games. She did a clinic at the TPC with a couple local gyms and signed autographs at a luncheon for aspiring gymnasts at the MATC. She shared her inspiring 'never give up, never give in' story from her Olympic experience and we felt honored to get to meet her.

 

Throughout the summer, the team has made some amazing progress in all aspects of our training. Our morning conditioning has included some of the hardest workouts this team has ever done, and we can say that in turn, we are stronger than we've ever been. We had weight lifting Tuesday morning and had several girls reach personal records. We finished out our summer training with our very favorite team competition called Bamboozle, and loved every second of it! Overall, Jackson has greatly improved our fitness level and prepared us incredibly well for what is to come in the fall.

 

The gym is the place where we've seen the most change this summer, and we've truly adjusted well! With three new coaches and a new training plan, the team is feeling so motivated to continue our progress into pre-season and take some huge steps forward. We know that we will be prepared to compete with confidence in the SEC and that is a great place to end the summer.

 

So after lots of time spent flipping in the gym, running on the football field, shivering in the cold tubs, drinking chocolate milk, studying by the pool, and bonding as a Tiger fam, we are headed home for a couple weeks to rest and enjoy time with family and friends.

 

Sending love and flips from the Mizzou gymnastics team. Have a wonderful rest of the summer and see y'all in the fall!

 

Johnson out.

Blogging with Becca: The Final Edition

 

So it's the last week of summer training and therefore, my last edition of Blogging with Becca! I want to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who read my posts and kept up with the team this summer. I've had an absolute blast being your little Mizzou gymnastics messenger for the last eight weeks!

 

Speaking of, I'm sitting here wondering where the last 8 weeks went... the summer just flew by! But not too fast for us to be apart of some awesome events. Jordyn Wieber came into towIMG_0571.JPGn last weekend for the opening ceremonies of the Show Me State Games. She did a clinic at the TPC with a couple local gyms and signed autographs at a luncheon for aspiring gymnasts at the MATC. She shared her inspiring 'never give up, never give in' story from her Olympic experience and we felt honored to get to meet her.

 

Throughout the summer, the team has made some amazing progress in all aspects of our training. Our morning conditioning has included some of the hardest workouts this team has ever done, and we can say that in turn, we are stronger than we've ever been. We had weight lifting Tuesday morning and had several girls reach personal records. We finished out our summer training with our very favorite team competition called Bamboozle, and loved every second of it! Overall, Jackson has greatly improved our fitness level and prepared us incredibly well for what is to come in the fall.

 

The gym is the place where we've seen the most change this summer, and we've truly adjusted well! With three new coaches and a new training plan, the team is feeling so motivated to continue our progress into pre-season and take some huge steps forward. We know that we will be prepared to compete with confidence in the SEC and that is a great place to end the summer.

 

So after lots of time spent flipping in the gym, running on the football field, shivering in the cold tubs, drinking chocolate milk, studying by the pool, and bonding as a Tiger fam, we are headed home for a couple weeks to rest and enjoy time with family and friends.

 

Sending love and flips from the Mizzou gymnastics team. Have a wonderful rest of the summer and see y'all in the fall!

 

Johnson out.

Blogging With Becca: More Camp!

 

Camp Week Number Two!

 

It was another successful Mizzou Gymnastics Camp Week! 124 gymnasts packed the TPC...which, by the way, officially has mirrors!!! They look incredible. Now we just have to deck out the top of the mirror wall and the other walls with painted tiger stripes and banners to make it our perfect little home. Time to start thinking of creative designs!

 

Like last camp week, this post is coming to you straight from a Lathrop Hall dorm bed. Staying in the dorms with the kiddos again! They have lots of energy and filled up an entire wipe board with achieved goals for the week. We had a great night of swimming at the Rec on Tuesday, a little water balloon fun on Wednesday night and then Thursday was skit night. And your own Tiger gymnasts did a little dance of their own. Let's just say Justin Bieber made an appearance at the TPC and it was legendary.

 

We still had 7a.m. workouts with Coach  Jackson this week and practiced in the gym during dinner breaks. It was the first full week of workouts for the freshmen and they are doing awesome. All of them are adjusting well to the college life and getting a taste of CoMo summer heat! After a great week of camp, we are looking forward to a restful weekend and then another full week coming up!

 

 

 

 

Blogging with Becca: Fourth of July edition

It's been an exciting two weeks here in Tiger Town!

 

Last week's highlight was a little team adventure to Rock Bridge State Park after practice on Monday. We explored the Devil's Ice Box and image.jpegroamed through the 150-foot-long Connor's Cave, which was incredibly cool--literally. It was so refreshing down there! We didn't see any bats, but John kept us on our toes with his sneaky antics...let's just say there were a couple girly screams echoing through the cave. Typical. But I'd say overall we were pretty brave and adventurous, and it was awesome team bonding time.

This week is the start of the second summer school session and our new freshmen have officially arrived! They are all moved into the dorms and have started working out with the team and taking two classes. It has been so fun getting to know each of them, watching them learn the ropes...and squirm during their first cold tub experience! It gets better, my friends, I promise! We can all see that the freshmen have so much passion and energy and are all so excited to be here. We are building on our talent and continuing to make progress in the gym, everyday.

The mirrors are going in this week too. And they are looking great! They will be incredibly helpful when it comes to our choreography and dance skills, as we will be able to see our body shapes and movements. Things are really coming together around here!

Wishing everyone a Happy Fourth of July with family and friends! Enjoy!

Blogging with Becca: Week 3

The excitement of this week is the commencement of an exciting TPC improvement. The process of installing mirrors in the gym has begun! On Tuesday morning, the workers started the construction of a wall next to the floor on which the mirrors will be placed. We didn't think our gym could get any better, but we are so excited for this new upgrade!

 

We are back on our normal practice schedule after camp week, which gives us more time to practice and work on new skills. John is setting up lots of drills on bars to improve our technique and create consistency. Also, we are hitting our stride on the floor music search, with help from Casey Jo, and finally narrowing down the options to find the perfect music for each of our dancing styles.

 

We're always proud of the work we put in with Coach Jackson during morning conditioning, but this week was particularly challenging and thus, particularly rewarding. We conquered some of our very "favorite" workouts, which included running on the outdoor track as well as around the stadium football field. So right now, our legs might hate us a bit, and we might be avoiding all staircases in Columbia, but that only means we will be stronger next week and ready for more. Bring it on Coach Jackson!

 

Lastly, the team did an awesome bonding activity this week with our Sports Psychologist, Scotta, where we took a test and discovered each of our signature strengths. We met as a team with our support staff, shared with each other, and put our strengths up on our lockers. As we learn to recognize and affirm each other's individual gifts, we're becoming closer not only as teammates, but as a little Tiger family. And with all of this, the championship culture is surely being built.

 

Thanks for checking in! See you next week!

Blogging With Becca: Week 2

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Hey there Tiger fans!

 

This post is comin' to you straight from a good ol' Mizzou dorm room...with children surrounding...because it's CAMP WEEK! Many of the girls on the team are coaching and several of us are also counselors, so we stay overnight in the dorms with the campers. It's always fun to experience gymnastics from the other side--as the coach rather than the athlete--not only as a lesson in understanding technique but also as a lesson in patience!

 

We've learned lots of names, searched for plenty of lost room keys and walked our fair share of miles transporting the kids around campus. But there's been no shortage of energy, laughs and hanging together as a team, even if it's in the lounge of Discovery Residence Hall after bed checks!

 

We've put in some time in the gym this week as well--taking part of our lunch and dinner breaks to practice and condition. And now, we have officially welcomed all three coaches into the Tiger family! Together, Shannon, John and Casey Jo are quite the dynamic trio. They are incredibly knowledgeable in the coaching department, and they each provide their own style and humor. It's awesome to see them all so thrilled to be Tigers, and "earning their stripes" as they use their handy dandy maps to make their way around campus...yes you, John!

 

So, summer is in full swing now and we are hitting the ground running, with lots of little Tiger campers cheering us on.

Blogging with Becca

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Tiger Fans, junior Becca Johnson will be keeping you all up to date on the happenings with Mizzou Gymnastics this summer. Check in to her blog each week to stay in the know about your Tigers!

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Mizzou Gymnastics is back on campus for summer training!

We had our first practice on Monday with our new head coach, Shannon Welker. He brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and passion to the gym and the team is excited to move forward under his direction. This summer, we are focusing on developing team chemistry and a "championship culture" by training together each day and building relationships outside of the gym.

Several tigers are returning from injuries suffered during the 2013 season. With everyone able to participate on at least one event, the energy in the gym is high and we celebrate the little successes of each day. Lots of new skills are being learned and old skills are being polished with help from Shannon.  

We have workouts at 7:15am with our strength coach to do conditioning and weight lifting. Starting our days together with challenging workouts has left us with a feeling of unity and hunger for more. We bond over sore muscles, post-workout chocolate milk and the mutual dread of the cold tubs. But we know we are getting stronger, and right now it is all about progress. Together, the team is already making strides to become the SEC team we know we can be. And for us, that's a great place to start off the summer!

 

 

Follow Gymnastics at the Big 12 Championship

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Follow the Missouri gymnastics team as they compete for the Big 12 Conference title against Iowa State, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The Big 12 Gymnastics Championship will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 and mutigers.com will be there to document the action. Join in to see how the meet turns out.

Listen to Drass and Shire on KFRU

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Mizzou gymnastics fans can catch Missouri Head Coach Rob Drass and senior All-American Sarah Shire, the No. 1 ranked gymnast in the country, on KFRU - 1400 AM this afternoon in Columbia. The two will be on "The Closers" at 4:35 p.m. to talk Tiger gymnastics. Fans not in the radio broadcast area of KFRU can listen live through KFRU.com. Tune in to hear what Drass and Shire have to say!

Gymnastics Climbing Up the Rankings

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The Tiger gymnastics team (4-0) has steadily moved up the polls the past two weeks from their preseason spot at No. 16. After the first week the team moved up just one spot to No. 15, currently, they are sitting at No. 13 after two weeks of competition. The team averages in the top 20 on all four events as well - No. 13 on vault, No. 7 on bars, No. 12 on beam and No. 20 on floor.

Gymnastics Lucky in Vegas? Not Really.

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Most people need a lot of luck on their side to leave Las Vegas a big winner. However, it was not luck that gave the No. 15 gymnastics team its big win on Friday night, it was pure determination, perseverance and talent.