Feb. 25, 2011
COLUMBIA, MO.--Missouri Gymnastics hosted Southern Utah at its Gold Rush meet on Friday (Feb. 25). The Tigers topped the Thunderbirds 194.925-193.750 to improve to 2-8 on the season. Mizzou took all four event titles of the night, and Southern Utah's Ariel Lamb won the all-around.
Mizzou senior Alex Gold took the vault title at the meet, scoring a 9.825 on the event. The Tigers looked solid on vault, with Tori Howard, Mary Burke and Lauren Swankoski posting scores of 9.750. Sandra Ostad put up a 9.700 and Cathryn Aliceaacosta scored a 9.625 to top the career-high she set against Oklahoma. After the first rotation, Missouri led Southern Utah with a score of 48.775. The Thunderbirds scored 48.025 on bars.
Mizzou held its lead through the rest of the meet, and the Tigers recorded a 48.475 on bars. Missouri took the top three places on the event with junior Allie Heizelman placing first. She put up a 9.850 followed by Taylor Medrea who set a career-high with a score of 9.825. Katelyn Trevino came in at number three with a 9.750 score. Gold recorded a 9.700 on the event and Burke posted a 9.350.
Heizelman and Burke came in at numbers one and two on the balance beam. Heizelman posted a 9.850 and Burke scored a 9.825. Swankoski also looked solid, putting up a 9.800. Aliceaacosta recorded a score of 9.675 while Howard scored 9.625. After the third rotation, Missouri led Southern Utah 146.025-145.175.
The Tigers secured the win with a 48.900 on floor to top the Thunderbirds' 48.575 on beam in the fourth rotation. Howard took first on the event with a career-high score of 9.875. She was followed up by Swankoski and Heizelman who placed second and third on floor, respectively. Swankoski put up a 9.825 and Heizelman scored 9.800. Gold came in fourth with a score of 9.775. Aliceaacosta recorded a 9.625 and Burke scored 9.300.
Missouri continues its home stand with a tri-meet against Centenary and Temple next Friday, Mar. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The meet will serve as Senior Night, where Missouri's lone senior, Alex Gold, will be honored. Tiger Gymnastics fans can keep up with the team on MUTigers.com or follow the team on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics). Fans can also tune in to KTGR's Tiger Talk on Monday evening to hear from Head Coach Rob Drass at 7 p.m.