March 24, 2012
Norman, Okla.--No. 19 Mizzou Gymnastics finished in a tie for second place in the Big 12 Championships on Saturday (March 24). Oklahoma took the Championship title with a 197.475 score, while the Tigers and the Cyclones scored 196.025 scores. This is the first second place finish at the Big 12 Championships for the Tigers in Big 12 Conference history. The last time Mizzou earned a second place finish at a conference tournament was in 1990, when Missouri was a part of the Big Eight. Also adding to the record books, Katelyn Trevino earned her first floor title this season to become the Big 12 Floor Champion.
At the conclusion of the meet, two Tigers were recognized for their efforts this season. Senior Mary Burke was named Big 12 Gymnast of the year, becoming the second gymnast in Mizzou history to receive the honor. Former Tiger Sarah Shire was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Freshman Rachel Updike was also recognized as she was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Updike earned nine Big 12 Newcomer of the Week awards throughout the season, and she becomes the fourth Tiger to receive the award.
Updike finished the meet with a 39.400 all-around score to take second at the meet, while Burke scored 39.235 to finish in fourth.
The Tigers started the meet on bars, putting up a team total of 49.000. The Sooners took an early lead in the meet, earning a 49.225 on vault in the first rotation. Mackenzie McGill was the lead-off competitor for the Tigers, and she started the rotation strong with a 9.725 score. Katelyn Trevino also put up a 9.725 on her bar routine, followed by Taylor Medrea who scored 9.775. Updike competed bars for the second time this season, posting a 9.800 score, and Burke recorded a 9.875 for her routine. Heizelman was the final competitor in the lineup and she scored a 9.825 to contribute to the team score.
Iowa State pulled ahead of the Tigers in the second rotation with a season-high 49.200 on the bars, as the Tigers posted a 48.900 on the balance beam. Burke and Updike led the Tigers through beam, recording 9.850 scores on their routines. Howard performed a solid routine to score a 9.800, while both Medrea and Laura Kappler
put up 9.700 scores.
The Tigers put up a 49.125 on floor to edge closer to second place. Trevino matched her career-high score on floor with a 9.900 to lead the Tigers through the rotation and become the Big 12 Floor Champion. Updike also put on a good routine, earning a 9.875, while Howard's energetic performance received a 9.825 score. Updike's score earned her a tie for second on the event. Medrea was in the lead-off spot and scored a 9.775 while Burke posted a 9.750 score. After the third rotation, Oklahoma led the meet with a 148.175 followed by Iowa State who scored 147.175. The Tigers were in third with a team score of 147.025.
Mizzou closed out the Big 12 Championship on vault, earning a 49.000 team total. Updike stood out for Mizzou, posting a 9.875 score which tied her for second on the event. Burke posted a 9.850 on vault, and Kelsy Landreth contributed to the team total with a 9.825. Trevino recorded a 9.750 on the event, and Howard put up a 9.700 score as well.
The NCAA Regional Championships will be held on April 7 in several locations across the country. Six teams will each compete at six different competition sites for the chance to move on to the NCAA National Championship. Mizzou will find out on Monday, March 26 where teams will be competing.