Gymnastics Comes out Strong at Exhibition Opener

MUTIGERS.COM RAchel Updike's 9.900 score on vault marked the highest individual score on any event at the meet.
RAchel Updike's 9.900 score on vault marked the highest individual score on any event at the meet.

Dec. 9, 2012

St. Charles, Mo. - Mizzou Gymnastics opened the season with its annual exhibition contest on Sunday at Lindenwood University. Instead of competing Black against Gold in the Hearnes Center, Mizzou competed against the Lions in Lindenwood's first-ever gymnastics meet.

The Tigers looked solid in their first outing of the 2012-13 season, and if today's meet were an actual competition the team would have scored a 194.550. Lindenwood University put up a 189.800 in the competition as well.

As is customary at an away dual meet, the Tigers started on the uneven bars, and nine gymnasts made the lineup. Katelyn Trevino led the team through the event, scoring a 9.775. Freshman Miranda Eubank also had a strong showing on the bars as she scored a 9.675. Briana Conkle put up a 9.675 as well, and sophomore Laura Kappler scored what would be a career-high 9.700. The top five scores combined to a team total of 48.600.

Anchoring the vault lineup, Rachel Updike matched her personal best with a score of 9.900. Tori Howard also scored well, recording a 9.800 on her vault. Sandra Ostad posed a 9.700 score on vault and both Eubank and Trevino put up 9.600 scores. The Tigers finished the vault with a team score of 48.600 to make the running tally 97.050 after two events.

Mizzou really picked up the pace on floor, finishing with a team score of 48.700 on the event. Tori Howard showed off yet another energetic floor routine, and she scored a 9.875. Katelyn Trevino also shone in her routine, earning a 9.800 score. In the lead-off spot, Medrea posted a 9.675 score on the event, and Rebecca Johnson and Briana Conkle earned the same.



Missouri had its best performance of the night on the balance beam as the team scored a 48.800 overall. Kappler led off the rotation with a 9.750 score, and Medrea followed that up with a 9.775. Both Mackenzie McGill and Howard scored 9.725 on the event as well. Updike again led the team on the event with her 9.825 score.

The Tigers will open the regular season on January 11 with the annual Pink Out competition. Mizzou will host two-time defending national champion Alabama at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearnes Center. Keep checking in to for more information on Mizzou Gymnastics. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics) and Facebook (

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