Mary Burke set a new career-high all-around score.
Feb. 4, 2011
Columbia, Mo.--The Missouri Tigers faced a familiar foe this Friday at the Hearnes Center. After facing Nebraska at last weekend's Metroplex Challenge, Missouri hosted the Huskers in the first home dual meet of the season. Nebraska topped Missouri 196.075-195.400 to win the meet, but Junior Mary Burke took the all-around title with a career-high 39.450.
"We are on track and we have grown up a lot, but we do have some growing to do," Head Coach Rob Drass said. "I was most pleased that we came back to have our best meet of the year after experiencing some adversity on bars. I think that is the sign of a team that is maturing. The teams that are mature and strong can shrug off adversity like it is nothing, and that is what we did tonight. We came back to have one of our best meets this season."
The Tigers started off on vault, where they scored a season-high 49.050. The Huskers finished the first rotation just above Missouri with a 49.125 on bars. Sophomore Tori Howard started off the meet for Missouri posting a 9.725 on vault. She was followed by Alex Skinner, who set a career-high 9.700 on vault and Sandra Ostad who also topped her career high with a 9.750. Lauren Swankoski continued the record breaking with a career-high 9.875. Mary Burke put up a 9.825 and Alex Gold rounded out the rotation with a 9.875.
Mizzou moved on to bars in the second rotation, Gold recorded a 9.075 in the lead-off spot followed by Katelyn Trevino who matched last week's 9.750. Ostad posted a 9.625 and Medrea earned a 9.100. Burke hit her season-high 9.875, and Allie Heizelman finished the second rotation with a 9.825.
The Tigers pumped it into high gear on beam to earn a season high 48.925. Howard put up a 9.725 and Swankoski recorded a second career-high score of 9.800 on her routine. Skinner matched her career record 9.750 and Gold topped her career-high with a 9.800. Heizelman posted a 9.600 on beam followed by Burke who scored 9.850.
Medrea started off the final rotation, scoring 9.575 on her floor routine followed by Gold who posted a season-high 9.825. Howard put up a 9.850 to match the career-high score she set against SEMO at the Beauty and the Beast meet. Swankoski also matched her career record of 9.900. She was followed by Burke who scored the same. Heizelman was the final perfomer, scoring a career-high 9.775. Missouri put up a 49.250 on floor, which marks another season high score for the team.
The Tigers return to the Hearnes Center next weekend when the team hosts the Fighting Illini. The meet will be Missouri's annual Pink Out, and one dollar from every ticket sold will go to benefit cancer research. The first 500 fans to arrive at the Hearnes Center for the meet will receive a free t-shirt. Keep following MUTigers.com for more information. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter.com (TigerGymnastics).
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