Feb. 11, 2011
COLUMBIA, MO.--The Missouri Tigers hosted the Fighting Illini at the seventh annual Pink Out Friday (Feb. 11). Missouri took an early lead, but Illinois came back to top the Tigers 195.400 to 195.000. Sophomore Sandra Ostad executed a beautiful vault to improve on her career high score. She earned a 9.875 to take first on the event.
"She did a nice vault," Head Coach Rob Drass said. "She landed it and stuck it. She got us started off on the right foot and I am very proud of her for that."
Ostad was second in the vault lineup, competing after sophomore Tori Howard who recorded a 9.750. Sophomore Lauren Swankoski contributed with a 9.85 followed by junior Mary Burke who earned a 9.700. Senior Alex Gold closed out the first rotation for Mizzou earning a 9.8. The Tigers finished just ahead of the Illini with a team score of 48.975. Illinois put up a 48.925 to keep the scores close.
The Tigers stayed on target during the second rotation scoring a season-high 48.925 on bars. Freshman Katelyn Trevino improved on her personal-best and recorded a 9.800. She was followed by Gold who put up a 9.650 and Ostad who recorded a 9.600. Taylor Medrea contributed by scoring a career-high 9.775. Both Burke and Allie Heizelman scored 9.850 on bars and tied for first on the event. After the second rotation Missouri held on to the lead, 97.900-97.800.
"I thought the first two events went really well," Drass said. "We were on pace with our goal of hitting 24 routines, good, solid routines. We wanted to do that and see where we stood. I think we hit 12 of them and then we hit some problems on beam. We had some start value issues, although we ended up getting points back, but an issue like that affects the momentum of the team. We always work on coming back after experiencing some adversity, and tonight on floor I think we came back a little bit better than we have in the past."
Illinois came back in the third rotation scoring a solid 48.800 on floor. The Tigers' 48.425 on beam was not enough to stay in the lead. Howard and Gold both recorded scores of 9.675 on their routines, and Swankoski put up a 9.700. Freshman Cathryn Aliceaacosta earned a career-high score of 9.625 in her first competitive routine while Heizelman recorded a 9.100. Mary Burke posted a 9.750 to close out the third rotation.
Looking to come back during the final rotation, Burke and Swankoski both earned scores of 9.875 on floor and the two tied for first on the event. Gold recorded a 9.750, which contributed to an all-around total of 38.875. The score matches her career-best. Tori Howard scored 9.575 on her routine, and Heizelman posted a 9.600. Medrea scored a 9.100 on the event. The Tigers earned a team score of 48.675, which was just under the Illini's 48.800 on beam.
Missouri will hit the practice gym this week before heading to Norman, Okla. for a conference match-up against the Sooners. The meet starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, and fans can follow @TigerGymnastics on Twitter for live updates. Stay tuned to MUTigers.com for all the latest information on the Missouri gymnastics team.