Jan. 8, 2012
Columbia, Mo.--The Mizzou Gymnastics team earned its first win of the season Sunday in its season opener against Iowa State. It was a close meet as the Tigers finished just ahead of the Cyclones, 192.675-192.600. Mary Burke finished second in the All-Around, scoring 38.675. Katelyn Trevino also competed in the all-around for Missouri, scoring a 37.925.
The Tigers started out strong on the vault, recording a 48.500 team score. The Cyclones finished the first rotation with a 47.950 on bars. In her regular season debut, freshman Rachel Updike led the Tigers with her 9.900 score on vault to take the event title. Mary Burke recorded a 9.725 and Brittany Bendoff earned a 9.675. Tori Howard earned a 9.625, Trevino scored 9.575 and Rebecca Johnson earned a 9.525.
The Tigers were led on bars by Burke, who scored 9.825 to take the bars title. Allie Heizelman was also a top performer for the Tigers, recording a 9.800. Trevino scored 9.700 and Taylor Medrea put up a 9.600. Bendoff (9.125) and Briana Conkle (8.875) competed for the Tigers on bars as well. After the second rotation, Missouri held its lead over Iowa State, 96.550-95.775. The Tigers finished bars with a team score of 48.050 while the Cyclones scored 47.825 on vault.
The Cyclones closed in on the Tigers in the third rotation, Missouri posted a 48.125 on beam to Iowa State's 48.525 on floor. The Tigers only led by 0.375 going into the fourth rotation. Updike was strong on beam again for the Tigers, putting up a 9.850 for the beam title. Medrea was also a major contributor as she recorded a 9.750. Cathryn Aliceeacosta scored 9.725 while Trevino posted a 9.550. Howard (9.075) and Burke (9.250) also competed on beam for Mizzou.
Updike also took the floor title at the meet, posting a 9.875 on her routine. Burke and Howard had strong routines for the Tigers as well, scoring 9.825 and 9.800. Medrea scored 9.400 on her floor routine and Trevino put up a 9.100. The Tigers posted a 48.000 team score on floor, which was just enough to keep the lead over Iowa State. The Cyclones scored 48.300 on beam in the fourth rotation, which brought the final tallies to 192.675-192.600.
"We came in and got the first meet under our belt, head coach Rob Drass said. "I thought we made some unusual mistakes that we will probably not make again. We will just get back in the gym and prepare for the next meet."
The Tigers will head out to their first road meet next weekend in Cedar City, Utah. Missouri faces Southern Utah on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. Keep following MUTigers.com for more information. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter.com (TigerGymnastics).
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