Updike has won three event titles in two meets this season.
Jan. 20, 2012
Columbia, Mo--The No. 22-ranked Missouri Gymnastics team topped No. 16 Denver on Friday (Jan. 20). The Tigers pulled out a 194.725-194.625 victory over the Pioneers to improve to 3-0 on the season. The Tigers won all four event titles at the meet, with freshman Rachel Updike taking the vault, beam and floor titles. Allie Heizelman won the bars title, and Denver's Melodie Pulgarin Linero took first in the all-around. Updike has won three event titles in two meets this season, against Southern Utah she took home the vault title.
Mizzou started the meet off in the lead after the first rotation. The Tigers put up a 48.825 on vault while Denver recorded a 48.550 on bars. For the Tigers, Kelsy Landreth, Tori Howard and Mary Burke recorded 9.725 scores and Katelyn Trevino posted a 9.775. Rebecca Johnson scored 9.600 on her vault, and Updike scored a 9.875 on her vault for the second consecutive week. This meet marks Landreth's first competitive appearance as a Tiger; she previously appeared in an exhibition on vault against Iowa State.
Denver started to close in on the Tigers in the second rotation, posting a 48.675 on vault to the Tigers' 48.550 on bars. After the second rotation the Tigers held the lead, 97.375-97.225. Heizelman led the Tigers on the bars, recording a 9.800 on her routine. Burke put up a 9.750 on bars and Brittany Bendoff scored 9.700. Trevino posted a 9.675 score followed by a 9.625 from Taylor Medrea. Mackenzie McGill made her first appearance for the Tigers this season with a 9.600 on her bar routine.
Updike continued to put up strong scores for Missouri on beam as she recorded a 9.800; Howard also hit her routine to earn a 9.775 score. Cathryn Aliceaacosta recorded a 9.700 and Medrea posted a 9.575 to help the Tigers earn a team total 48.350 on beam. Denver took the lead after the third rotation, earning a 49.000 on floor. The Tigers were down 146.225-145.725 going into the final rotation.
The Tigers pulled out a win, earning a season-high 49.000 on floor. Denver scored 48.400 on beam to drop to the Tiger by a tenth of a point. Updike's 9.925 on floor set a new personal best and earned her the event title. Howard tied her career-high score of 9.875 and Mary Burke put up a 9.900. A 9.700 and 9.600 from Medrea and Aliceaacosta also contributed to the Tigers' team total.
Mizzou Gymnastics will head to Lincoln, Neb. on Jan. 28 for a meet with the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 6 p.m. Fans can follow the team on Twitter(@TigerGymnastics) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/MizzouGymnastics) for more information on the gymnastics program. Also, keep checking in to MUTigers.com for all the latest updates on the Missouri Gymnastics team.
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