March 7, 2010
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The No. 18 Missouri Tigers (10-2) scored a new road-meet high 196.200 to take the win over the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (12-3) 194.575 and the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves (2-13) 189.850. Senior All-American Sarah Shire (Columbia, Mo.) won her seventh all-around title of the season with a 39.675.
Missouri started the afternoon on bars with a 9.700 from freshman Lauren Swankoski (Chadds Ford, Pa.) that was followed by a 9.800 from senior Danielle Guider (Nutley, N.J.). Sophomore Allie Heizelman (Cypress, Texas) went next and matched the career high she set last week with a 9.850. Senior Becky Scholle (Chesterfield, Mo.) held down the middle of the lineup with a 9.725, which set up a 9.850 from sophomore Mary Burke (Inverness, Ill.). Shire went last and posted a 9.875. The Tigers finished the first rotation with a 49.100 that gave them the early lead over the Redhawks (48.300) and the Seawolves (47.125).
The Tigers moved to beam where Swankoski led the team off again with a 9.700. Senior Brooke Boehmer (Overland Park, Kan.) then earned a 9.750, while Guider received a 9.650. Burke and Shire closed out the rotation posting a 9.850 and 9.925, respectively. Missouri totaled a 48.875 on beam to retain in the lead with 97.975 at the halfway point. Southeast Missouri remained in second (97.050) and Alaska in third (95.725).
On floor, junior Alex Gold
(Plano, Texas) started the rotation with a 9.825. Guider and Swankoski followed with a strong 9.850 and a 9.875 in the middle of the lineup for Missouri. Burke then posted a 9.625 to keep it going for the Tigers on floor Shire closed out the rotation with an afternoon-high 9.950 to earn the event title. Overall, Missouri earned a 49.125 on the event to bring the afternoon total to a 147.100 after three rotations. Going into the last rotation, SEMO was still in second with 145.400 and Alaska in third with 143.625.
Vault started with Scholle earning a 9.750, which was followed by a 9.775 from Swankoski. Gold and Guider both landed huge vaults to receive a 9.825 and a 9.800, respectively. Burke and Shire closed out the afternoon with a 9.775 from Burke and a season-high tying 9.925 from Shire.
The Tigers totaled a 196.200 at the end of the meet to earn a new road high for the season. The Redhawks finished in second with 194.575 and third went to Alaska with 189.850. Shire won all four of the events on her way to the 20th all-around title of her career. Burke and Guider tied for second in the all-around competition with a 39.100.
Missouri remains on the road next week as they travel to Illinois for a meet on March 13 that is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. The Tigers will return home to the Hearnes Center on March 21 at 2 p.m. for senior day.