Freshman Angie Kern posted strong scores on vault and floor Friday at Auburn
March 7, 2014
AUBURN, Al. - In the team's final regular season road-trip of the year, Missouri gymnastics fell to No. 11 Auburn Friday evening by a total score of 197.000 to 194.600. In the dual meet loss, the visiting Tigers from Columbia, Mo. turned in event scores of 48.500 or higher in three of their four events.
As the road team, Missouri began their first rotation on the uneven bars. In the third spot of the lineup, freshman Sasha Sander recorded a solid 9.700 score for the Tigers. Two spots later, sophomore Miranda Eubank delivered a score of 9.800 and was followed by another 9.800 from junior Rebecca Johnson in the event's anchor position. For the bars rotation, Missouri finished with a 48.625 team score.
Up next, the visiting Tigers moved their way to vault. Freshman Angie Kern opened things up with a solid 9.775 score, which was her highest mark on the event since Jan. 17 against Arkansas. Eubank followed next with a 9.775 of her own, which marked a new 2014 season high. Freshman Alyson Heimsath was up third and hit a 9.750 score. Junior Laura Kappler continued the solid second rotation, and hit a 9.825 score for Missouri. The Tigers were content with their first five gymnasts on the event, and would conclude their turn on vault with a 48.725 total.
Missouri transitioned to floor for their third rotation, and finished with an event total of 48.425. After her solid turn on vault a rotation before, Kern finished her evening with a 9.750 score on floor for the Tigers. In the anchor position, freshman Lark Pokladnik delivered a new career-high score of 9.800. For the event, Missouri finished with a 48.425 team total.
For the team's fourth and final rotation of the evening, Missouri made their way to the balance beam. Heimsath finished her night with a new career-high score of 9.775 in the second slot of the lineup. Kappler followed the freshman next, and came away with a 9.750 score. Sander bested her two previous teammates in the fourth position with a nice score of 9.800. The Tigers closed out the night in style, as junior Briana Conkle posted a new career-high score of 9.825 on beam. Missouri finished the event with a meet best score of 48.825.
Missouri closed out the evening with a 194.600 team total. In the first all-around performance of her career, sophomore Blair Elmore finished with an overall score of 38.600.
The Tigers close out their 2014 regular season next Friday, Mar. 14 in Columbia, Mo. against defending national champions Florida Gators. Competition at the Hearnes Center is set for a 6:30 p.m. CT start, and can be followed online via MUTigers.com.
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