Junior Danielle Guider set a new career high on the floor exercise with a score of 9.850.
Feb. 27, 2009
Columbia, Mo. - Despite a few stumbles in the middle of the night, the Tigers secured another Cat Classic Championship with a score of 195.275 behind strong showings on vault and floor.
Junior Sarah Shire (Columbia, Mo.) won an incredible seventh all-around title behind yet another career high performance - 39.575 to take the title. This is also the fourth meet this year where she has turned in two performances of at least 9.900. She also won the vault and floor titles.
No. 23 Michigan State finished second with 194.750; Cal State Fullerton was third with a 193.275; and Western Michigan rounded out the order, going 192.875.
Missouri looked to start fast on vault, and didn't disappoint on their strongest event of the season, posting a 49.225 for the second week in a row. Freshman Mary Burke (Inverness, Ill.) started the night in a big way and with a big vault that scored a 9.850 to tie her season high. Junior Becky Scholle (Chesterfield, Mo.) followed with another season-high-tying performance, scoring a 9.775 for the second week in a row. Sophomore Alex Gold (Plano, Texas) and senior Adrianne Perry were strong as ever, both scoring a 9.825. But Shire nearly brought the house down with an almost perfect vault that landed a 9.950 to tie her career and season high. Shire also hit that mark against SEMO three weeks ago.
The Tigers looked to keep that momentum going into the second rotation, but were hampered by a couple of falls. Scholle turned in another season-high-tying show on the bars with another 9.775 to start the event. Next was freshman Allie Heizelman (Cypress, Texas), who easily topped her season high for the fourth week this year with a 9.825. Shire turned in her second big performance of the night, with a 9.850. Finally, Burke turned in another solid showing to post a 9.800 to close out the event.
Despite the miscues, the Tigers were still in the lead with 97.675. Just behind them was Michigan State at 97.300. Cal State Fullerton stayed in third, while Western Michigan rounded out the competition.
Missouri sought a recovery on the beam, and got it to keep up with Michigan State's 49.025 on the bars. The Tigers faced another shaky start to the rotation, but junior beam specialist Brooke Boehmer (Overland Park, Kan.) got Missouri on the right track with a 9.775. Senior Alicia Hatcher (Blue Springs, Mo.) answered the challenge, posting a 9.800. Perry upped the game with her strong 9.850, while Shire shut the door with a dominating 9.900.
The falls cost the Tigers, as the squad found themselves trailing Michigan State by two-tenths of a point going into the final rotation.
So the Tigers needed a big night on floor. Gold started strong again with a 9.800 to match her season high and Hatcher followed by scoring a 9.750. Guider got the show going with her 9.850, a new career and season high for the junior. Burke kept it up with a 9.825. Shire revved it up with a 9.875, while Perry closed out a strong rotation for the Tigers by scoring a 9.750.
The Tigers have now taken the Cat Classic title 10 times in the invitational's 29-year history. Missouri will be on the road to Michigan next weekend to face Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Kent State in their third quad meet in a row. That meet will start at 7 p.m. CT from Ypsilanti, Mich.
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