Junior Laura Kappler's 9.800 on bars and 9.850 on vault were new career-highs
Feb. 28, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. - In the team's first SEC meet in over a month, the Missouri Tigers competed at No. 1 LSU Friday evening inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The host LSU Tigers proved to be too much in Baton Rouge, as Missouri fell 198.050 to 194.825 in the final team score. Despite the road loss, freshman Alyson Heimsath and junior Laura Kappler enjoyed standout nights for the visiting Tigers from Missouri.
As the road team, Missouri began their evening on the uneven bars. Sophomore Blair Elmore led off the rotation with a solid 9.725 score, and was followed by a 9.800 from junior Briana Conkle. Freshman Sasha Sander continued her recent success on the event, as she tallied a 9.775 score in the third spot. After missing last meet on bars, Kappler returned in a big way after recording a new career-high score of 9.800. Junior Rebecca Johnson closed out the first rotation with a team high score of 9.850. For the rotation, the visiting Tigers finished with a 48.950 score.
Up next in Baton Rouge, the Tigers headed to vault for their second rotation. Heimsath posted a new career-high score of 9.775 in the middle of the lineup, and was followed by another personal best score of 9.850 from Kappler. Missouri would use the scores of their first five gymnasts, and closed out their turn on vault with a 48.500.
With their third rotation coming up at the Maravich Center, the Tigers moved their way to floor. The Tigers' floor leadoff gymnast in every meet this season, Heimsath started the team's rotation well with a 9.750 score. Freshman Angie Kern was in the fourth spot of Missouri's lineup and produced a 9.775 score. Missouri's freshmen class continued their solid contributions, as Anna Bowers rounded out the rotation with a 9.750 score. The Tigers closed out their turn on floor with an event total of 48.575.
The night concluded on beam for Missouri, as senior Mackenzie McGill posted a solid 9.725 score in the lead-off spot. Heimsath was up next for the Tigers and matched her teammates' score of 9.725. Kappler concluded her impressive night in Baton Rouge, after matching her personal best score of 9.825. Sander approached the beam next, and executed a 9.750 for the Tigers. After making appearances on the event in exhibition form up to this point, Elmore made her 2014 beam debut and tallied a 9.775 score. The mark by the Houston, Texas native was a new career-high. Missouri's event score of 48.800 matched their 2014 season high on beam.
The Tigers wrapped up the evening with a team total of 194.825, which was good enough for the third highest team total of the 2014 campaign. Kappler's 38.550 all-around score would be the second highest all-around effort of her season.
Mizzou makes their last road trip of the season next Friday, Mar. 7 at Auburn. The two SEC opponents square off at 7:00 p.m. CT in Auburn, Al. and be can be followed along live at www.AuburnTigers.com.
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