Feb. 14, 2014
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Missouri gymnastics traveled to The Family Arena Friday evening for a tri-meet against Lindenwood and Illinois State, and came away with a 194.050 team total. The mark proved to be good enough to place first at the GymQuarters Invitational against the Lady Lions and RedBirds.
Competition began on beam for the visiting Tigers, and freshman Alyson Heimsath delivered a 9.750 score in the second slot of the lineup. Fellow freshman Sasha Sander was up next and posted a strong score of 9.700. Junior Rachel Updike anchored the rotation, and tallied an event best 9.850 score.
The second rotation saw Missouri head to floor, as all five Tigers scores were above 9.700. Heimsath, junior Laura Kappler and junior Briana Conkle all tallied the score 9.700 in the first three spots of the lineup. Freshman Angie Kern one-upped her teammates next with a 9.725, but Updike would trump them all in the final spot with an event best 9.900 score.
Up next at The Family Arena for the Tigers was vault, and the Tigers concluded the event with a team total of 48.700. Heimsath continued her solid start to the evening with a 9.750 score, and was followed by a 9.725 from Kappler and a 9.700 from Kern. Updike once again served as the event anchor, and produced an outstanding score of 9.900. The Olathe, Kan. native's score earned her top floor honors amongst the evening's competitors.
Missouri ended the evening on bars, and the rotation was highlighted by two new career-highs from Tigers gymnasts. Sophomore Blair Elmore led off with a solid 9.700 score, and was then followed by a new personal best 9.800 from Conkle. Sophomore Miranda Eubank responded well after a teammate fell before her and finished with a 9.800. Last but not least, junior Rebecca Johnson set a new career-high with her 9.850 score and it would also earn her the event title.
Updike's four event titles Friday evening improved her 2014 season total to an impressive 13 wins. The bars championship for Johnson marked the first event win for the Pewaukee, Wis. native.
The Tigers are back at it next Friday, Feb. 21 at the Hearnes Center, as George Washington travels to Columbia, Mo. The meet is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. CT start.
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