Junior Rachel Updike added five event wins to her 2014 season total
Feb. 23, 2014
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - For the second consecutive meet, the Missouri gymnastics bars lineup proved to be up for the challenge, and finished with a 49.200 event score. Behind the impressive showing on bars and an outstanding all-around performance by junior Rachel Updike, the Missouri Tigers team total of 195.125 took home first place at the Lindenwood tri-meet Sunday afternoon in St. Charles, Mo.
The Tigers opened the tri-meet on beam and after an early fall by a teammate, freshman Alyson Heimsath got the Tigers on track with a 9.700 score. Junior Laura Kappler was up third, and posted a new career-high of 9.825 for Missouri. A consistent force on the beam as of late, freshman Sasha Sander finished with a 9.750 score. In the anchor position, Updike closed out the event with a team-high 9.875 score. Missouri finished with a 48.300 total on the event.
For the second rotation, the Tigers then moved their way to floor. Third in the floor lineup, junior Briana Conkle finished with a solid 9.700 score. Up next for Missouri was a pair of freshmen, as Angie Kern and Anna Bowers posted scores of 9.750 and 9.775 respectively. Updike once again served as the team's event anchor, and came away with a team-high score of 9.850. The Tigers finished with a 48.750 floor total, and halfway through the meet held a 97.050 team total.
Next up at the Robert F. Hyland Arena for the Tigers was a trip to vault. Kern led off the Missouri vault lineup, and posted a 9.725 score. Heimsath followed her freshmen teammate with a slightly better score of 9.750, which matched her career-high on the event. A recent addition to the vault lineup, sophomore Miranda Eubank continued the solid turn with a 9.700 score. In back-to-back meets, Kappler matched her personal best score of 9.800 on the event. Updike continued her impressive afternoon in St. Charles, Mo. with a team leading 9.900 score to close out the rotation. The Tigers vault lineup ended with a 48.875 team total, and marked the new 2014 season-high on the event.
Missouri would end the tri-meet with Lindenwood and the Air Force Academy on the uneven bars. Conkle kicked things off for the Tigers, and recorded a 9.775 score. Following her bars debut two nights ago in Columbia, Mo., Sander once again set a new career-high with her 9.850 score. Eubank kept the positive rotation going for Missouri next, and tallied a 9.775 score. Junior Rebecca Johnson, one of the rising bars gymnasts in the country, nailed a 9.900 score which matched her career-high set this past Friday versus George Washington. The afternoon concluded with Updike establishing a new personal best score of 9.900 for the Tigers, and the team finished with an event total of 49.200. The outstanding rotation marked the second consecutive meet with a bars score above 49.000.
The Tigers 195.125 team total was the second-highest score of the 2014 season, and marked the second consecutive meet that Missouri had eclipsed the 195.000 total. Updike added to her impressive 2014 event titles total, after claiming first on vault, beam, floor, and all-around. The Olathe, Kan. native's all-around score of 39.525 set a new career-high. Updike also shared top honors on bars with Tigers teammate Rebecca Johnson.
Missouri returns to SEC play next Friday, Feb. 28 with a roadtrip to LSU. The Tigers competition in Baton Rouge, La. begins at 7:00 p.m. CT and can be followed online via Twitter (@TigerGymnastics) and www.LSUSports.net.
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