Missouri Faces Florida in First Road Competition

Senior Sandra Ostad will look to lead the Tigers in Gainesville this weekend.

Senior Sandra Ostad will look to lead the Tigers in Gainesville this weekend.

Jan. 16, 2013

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When: Friday, Jan. 18; 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stephen C. O'Connell Center; Gainesville, Fla.
Follow: Live Twitter Updates: @TigerGymnastics; Video Feed: http://www.gatorvision.tv/

Last Time Out
Mizzou Gymnastics opened the 2013 season with a home meet against two-time defending National Champion Alabama on Jan. 11. The meet was the annual Pink Out competition, which raises money for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. Tiger Fans were the team's greatest asset at the meet, as a crowd of 5,760 came out to support the team. That number marks the largest Pink Out crowd in Mizzou History. The number ranks 15th on Missouri's all-time attendance list, and is the third largest non-Cat Classic crowd in history.

A look at Florida
Ranked at No. 3 in the nation, the Florda Gators look to be another strong competitor for the Tigers. The Gators opened their season with a 196.575 against Ball State, and earned a 196.575 in a losing effort at LSU. Florida's Bridget Sloan was selected as SEC Freshman of the Week on Jan. 9 after posting a 9.925 on her first collegiate vaulting performance. Sloan and several other freshmen on the Florida gymnastics team have previously represented the US in international competition, and sophomore Kytra Hunter earned the 2012 NCAA all-around and vault titles. Hunter is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in the all-around and on the uneven bars and she is No. 2 on vault. Florida's Mackenzie Caquatto clocks in at No. 3 in the nation on the balance beam as well as she averages a 9.913 score.

Florida vs. Missouri History
The Tigers and the Gators have met 10 times in program history, nine of those in the regular season. Florida is undefeated against the Tigers, with a 9-0 record in the regular season. The two teams have not seen each other since the 1999 season, when Missouri traveled to Gainesville. The Tigers posted a 192.100 to Florida's 195.725.

Quick Hits
• Sophomore All-American Rachel Updike returns for the Tigers this season as Missouri's fifth All-American gymnast.
• Missouri welcomes three freshmen newcomers this season in Blair Elmore, Miranda Eubank and Rachel Henderson.
• The Annual GymInfo preseason poll was released on Dec. 4, and Mizzou came in at No. 21 in the nation, five spots ahead of where the team started last season. Mizzou will face nine ranked opponents this season including No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Florida, No. 8 LSU, No. 13 Auburn, No. 18 Illinois, No. 19 Arizona and No. 25 Kentucky.
• Three meets this season will be televised regionally and nationally, beginning with Mizzou's season opener against Alabama. The meet will be tape-delayed and shown on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. The Tigers' meet at Kentucky will air on ESPU on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m., and Mizzou's March 1 meet against Arkansas will appear on Fox Sports Net on March 9 at 11 p.m.

National Recognition
GymInfo released its updated National polls on Jan. 14, and the Tigers clocked in at No. 28 in the nation with a team average of 48.625 on the vault. Mizzou also checks in at No. 24 in the nation on the floor exercise with a score of 48.700 this season. Individually, sophomore Rachel Updike is ranked 18th on the vault with a 9.875 score. Updike is also ranked 25th in the nation on the balance beam after putting up a 9.850 against Alabama.



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