Gymnastics Excels On Beam And Floor Against Kentucky

MUTIGERS.COM Freshman Anna Bowers' score of 9.850 led Missouri's effort on floor
Freshman Anna Bowers' score of 9.850 led Missouri's effort on floor

Jan. 24, 2014

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - After a rough start early on for the Tigers, the team rebounded nicely with season-high bests on both beam and floor. The late push was not enough however for Missouri, as the visiting Kentucky Wildcats claimed the overall victory 195.150 - 193.775.

Missouri began the evening on vault, with freshman Alyson Heimsath tying her career-best score of 9.675. Junior Rachel Updike highlighted the rotation for the Tigers, as her 9.925 score led the team and also took home the event title. After the first rotation, Missouri trailed Kentucky 48.875 - 47.825.

Up next for the Tigers was bars, and junior Laura Kappler recorded a solid 9.725 to get things started. Updike once again delivered for the home team, with a score of 9.825. A pair of career-highs rounded out the second rotation for Missouri, as junior Rebecca Johnson tallied a 9.825 and freshman Sasha Sander posted a 9.700 exhibition score. Overall, the Tigers finished with an event score of 48.375 and trailed 97.775 - 96.200 after the first half of competition.

After their turn on bars, Missouri moved to beam for the third rotation. The Tigers rebounded nicely after their first two events, as they finished with a team total of 48.650. The mark also established a new season high on the event for the Tigers. Five of the six Missouri gymnasts finished with scores of 9.700 or above. Kappler and Updike each tallied a 9.725, while junior Briana Conkle recorded a 9.700 score. Heimsath and senior Mackenzie McGill both produced a 9.750 to round out the rotation. The mark set by Heimsath marked a new personal best on the event.

The final rotation of the night sent the Tigers to floor, and the team cruised to a new season high total of 48.925. An impressive five-of-six competitors earned career-highs on the event. Heimsath and sophomore Blair Elmore both notched a score of 9.775, while freshman Lark Pokladnik and Kappler each tallied a 9.700. The floor routine from Pokladnik marked her Tigers debut, as she was a late lineup addition for freshman Angie Kern. Fellow first-year Missouri gymnast Anna Bowers concluded the night with a Tigers event best score of 9.850.

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