Kern's 9.875 on floor earned her the event title Friday night
Feb. 21, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Behind the sixth highest bars total in Missouri gymnastics history, the Tigers claimed a 195.725 to 193.700 meet victory Friday evening over the visiting George Washington Colonials. Along with their historic 49.300 effort on bars, the Tigers posted new season-highs on beam, floor and overall team score.
The Tigers began Friday evening on vault, and finished with a team total of 48.525. Freshman Alyson Heimsath posted a 9.700 score in the second slot, and was followed by a solid 9.800 score from junior Laura Kappler. The score for Kappler matched her previous personal best on the event, which she established at NC State earlier this year. Junior Rachel Updike rounded out Missouri's first rotation with an outstanding 9.925 score.
At the second rotation, Missouri moved to bars and it proved to be the Tigers most successful single event score of the season. Behind three new Tigers career-highs, the team finished with a 2014 bars best of 49.300. Sophomore Blair Elmore led off the lineup with a new personal best of 9.750. Up next, junior Briana Conkle posted a new career-high of her own with a 9.850 score. After only previous exhibitions on the event this season, freshman Sasha Sander made her lineup debut and posted an impressive 9.825. Sophomore Miranda Eubank finished with an excellent 9.875 score, and was then followed by a new career-high of 9.900 for junior Rebecca Johnson. Updike anchored the outstanding night on bars for Missouri, and recorded a 9.850.
Missouri headed to beam for their third rotation, and saw their first five gymnasts post scores of 9.725 or above. Senior Mackenzie McGill led off the Tigers lineup with a 9.775, and was followed by a solid 9.725 from Heimsath. Up third for the Tigers was Kappler, and the junior finished with a 9.750 score. Fresh off a new personal best on bars, Sander continued her standout night at the Hearnes with a new career-high of 9.825. Conkle rounded out the event for Missouri and posted a career-high of her own with a 9.725 score. The Tigers ended the event with a team total of 48.800, marking the 2014 season high score on the event.
The Tigers concluded the night on floor, and Heimsath led off for Missouri with a 9.750 score. Kappler was up next for Missouri and posted a new career-high of 9.800 for the home team. Conkle continued the upward trend for the Tigers, and finished with a 9.825 score. Columbia, Mo. native Angie Kern once again delivered on floor for Missouri and posted a new career-high of 9.875. Freshman Anna Bowers ended the night for the Tigers and produced a 9.850 score. As a team, the Tigers lineup produced a 49.100 team total, marking the highest floor total of the 2014 campaign.
The post meet awards section was full of Tigers gymnasts, as Updike won the vault title (9.925), Johnson claimed the bars title (9.900), Sander claimed a win on beam (9.825), and Kern picked up the victory on floor (9.875). It was the 14th event win on the season for Updike, the second for Johnson, and the first career wins for the freshmen duo.
Missouri travels to St. Charles, Mo. this Sunday, Feb. 23 for a tri-meet with Lindenwood University and the Air Force Academy. The competition at the Robert F. Hyland Arena begins at 2:00 p.m. CT and can be followed online at www.lindenwoodlions.com.
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