Feb. 10, 2012
Chicago, Ill. -- The Missouri Gymnastics Team took third among the nation's best on Friday (Feb. 10). The Tigers posted a 195.525 team score to finish just behind No. 7 UCLA (196.850) and No. 15 Boise State. Mizzou finished ahead of No. 19 Illinois, who posted a 195.100. Senior Mary Burke took the all-around title at the meet with a score of 39.375. She finished ahead of UCLA's Samantha Peszek who came into the meet undefeated in the all-around.
The Tigers started the meet on beam this time, putting up a team score of 48.700. Junior Tori Howard has an excellent performance, putting up a 9.775 score. Freshman Laura Kappler recorded a 9.725 in the lead-off position. Taylor Medrea, Cathryn Aliceaacosta and Rachel Updike also recorded 9.725 scores on the event. Mary Burke posted a 9.750. After the first rotation, UCLA led with a 49.275 on vault. Boise State posted a 48.900 on floor and Illinois scored 48.850 on bars.
Next up for the Tigers was floor. Energetic as always, Missouri put up a strong team score of 48.900. Burke posted a 9.850 to lead Mizzou, and Updike put up a 9.825. Both Briana Conkle and Katelyn Trevino recorded 9.775 scores, and Medrea posted a 9.725. Howard also contributed to the lineup with a 9.700. After the second rotation, UCLA led the meet with a 98.450 followed by Boise State who scored 98.100. Illinois scored 97.725 and Missouri totaled 97.600.
The Tigers moved on to vault for the third rotation. Putting up a team score of 48.900 on the event, Missouri improved its team total to 146.575. Burke scored a 9.875 on her vault followed by freshman Kelsy Landreth who scored 9.825. Howard posted a 9.800 and Updike scored a 9.750. Brittani Price recorded a 9.725 on her vault and Rebecca Johnson scored 9.650.
Missouri finished the meet on bars, earning a bars score of 48.950 to finish with a final tally of 195.525. Both Price and Sandra Ostad
earned 9.750 scores on their routines, and Mackenzie McGill
put up a 9.725. Seniors Burke and Allie Heizelman
stepped up on bars earning scores of 9.900 and 9.825, respectively, as well. Burke's score put her in a tie for the bars title with Olivia Courtney of UCLA.
The Tigers host Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The meet will be aired on Mediacom, and admission for children eighth grade and younger will be free if wearing athletic team apparel. Tickets for those who are in ninth grade and above are available for just $1. Keep checking in to MUTigers.com for more information on Mizzou Gymnastics.