Mizzou Travels to No. 4 Oklahoma

Missouri hosted Illinois last weekend for the annual Pink Out meet.

Missouri hosted Illinois last weekend for the annual Pink Out meet.

Feb. 16, 2011

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Pink Out Highlights

COLUMBIA, MO.--After two weekends at home, the Tigers get back on the road, this time to Norman, Okla. The Tigers and the Sooners match up on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Live stats will be available, with a link to be posted before the meet. Fans can also follow @TigerGymnastics on Twitter for live updates during the meet.

Last Time Out... The Tigers welcomed No. 17 Illinois to Columbia for the seventh annual Pink Out last weekend. Missouri put up a tough competition, taking the lead early on. Sandra Ostad started the meet off on the right foot for the Tigers with a 9.875 career-high on vault. The Tigers scored a 48.975 on the event to put them above the Fighting Illini who scored 48.925 on bars. The Tigers scored 48.925 on bars in the second rotation to keep the lead. Their 48.425 on beam in the third rotation, however, was not enough to stay on top. The Illini put up a 48.800 on floor to take the lead. The Tigers finished with a score of 195.000 just under Illinois' 195.400.

Scouting the Sooners... The fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners are on a seven-meet undefeated streak this season. The Sooners opened their season against No. 12 Arkansas, topping the team 195.475 to 195.075. This past weekend, Oklahoma traveled to Ames, Iowa to face the Cyclones. Oklahoma scored a season high score for the second consecutive week (197.225) to win the meet. Eleven Oklahoma gymnasts set career-high scores, and the team won all four event titles. Oklahoma is the second team in the NCAA to score above a 197.000 this season.

Tigers Perform against Nebraska... Missouri hosted Big 12 foe Nebraska at the season's first home dual meet. The Tigers put up most of their best scores this season, earning a team total 195.400. It wasn't enough to come out above Nebraska who scored a 196.075, but Missouri junior Mary Burke took the all-around title with a career-high 39.450. She also took the bars title with a 9.875, and she earned a 9.850 on beam to take second. Burke tied for the floor title with sophomore teammate Lauren Swankoski. The two earned season-high scores of 9.900. The Tigers earned season high team scores on vault (49.050), beam (48.925) and floor (49.250) to finish with one of their best totals yet.

Mary Burke Earns Fourth career Big 12 Weekly Award... Junior Mary Burke has been named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week three times this season. The most recent nomination was on Feb. 7 after Burke took first in the all-around at Missouri's home dual against Nebraska. She put up a 39.450 career-high score and helped contribute to the teams's highest score of the season (195.400). Burke was also named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 25 and Jan. 18 by the Big 12 Conference. On Jan. 25, the award comes after Burke earned her second, all-around title this season. Burke scored a 39.200 to top Iowa State's Michelle Shealy who put up a 39.125. The award marks Burke's third of her career as she previously earned the award in January of 2010 as well. Burke led the Tigers to a 194.925-192.825 victory over SEMO on January 15 with a 39.225 all-around score. Burke took the all-around title at the event, and was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 18. "It's an honor to be recognized because there are so many good gymnasts in this conference," Burke said. "The Big 12 is a tough conference and to be recognized in the second week of the season is an awesome achievement."

Career Achievements... The Tigers may have had a hard-to-beat season in 2010, but the 2011 Missouri Gymnastics team is on its way to greatness this season. Each of the thirteen gymnasts on the squad have set new and improved career-high marks this season. Sophomore Sandra Ostad has improved her personal-bests on all four events, and junior Mary Burke has topped an already superb career-high all-around score.

Mizzou in the National Polls... The Tigers are sitting at No. 21 in the nation on vault this week with an average of 48.760 after scoring a season high 49.050 on vault against Nebraska. The Tigers also sit at No. 24 in the uneven bar rankings. Missouri boasts a season high score of 48.875 on bars with a season average 48.620. Junior Mary Burke is ranked No. 16 in the nation on balance beam. She holds a season high 9.875 and a season average of 9.820.

Media Advisory... For any members of the media attending a gymnastics meet at the Hearnes Center, please contact Jenny Dewar for credential information. Seating is located in section A16, above the stage used for march-in. Photographers are permitted on the floor, and there will be a map provided as a guideline for permitted areas. Rosters and team information will be provided in the media seating area, and interviews will be conducted after the meet in the media room on the ground floor of the Hearnes Center. Please inform Jenny Dewar of any interview requests at the end of the meet.

Metroplex Challenge... The Tigers escaped the cold at the end of January to travel to Dallas, Texas where the team competed in the Metroplex Challenge. Held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the meet put Missouri up against some of the nation's top teams, No. 24 LSU, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 6 Alabama. Missouri put up a final team score of 193.400 to take fourth in the meet. Mary Burke matched her career high 9.875 on beam, and freshman Katelyn Trevino posted a 9.750 on her first career bars routine. Alabama took first at the meet, posting a 196.825. Big 12 foe Nebraska came in at No. 2 with a 195.600.

Tigers from Texas... Just under half of Missouri's gymnasts headed home this season when the Tigers traveled to Dallas, Texas for the Metroplex Challenge. Freshmen Cathryn Aliceaacosta, Alex Ski nner and Katelyn Trevino all come from the Lone Star State as well as junior Allie Heizelman and senior Alex Gold. Gold was the closest to home as she hails from Plano, Texas where she trained at the Metroplex in the early days of her career. Gold qualified for the Junior Olympics in 2001, 2002 and 2006 and was the Texas State Level 10 Champion on vault in 2005.

Competing for a Cause... The Tigers will be competing for a good cause this weekend at the annual Pink Out meet. For the past six years Missouri has teamed up with the University of Missouri Health Care Ellis Fischel Cancer Center to support breast cancer awareness and research. One dollar from each ticket sold went to benefit the cancer center, and the first 500 fans who arrived received a free Pink Out t-shirts. The team also honored several breast cancer survivors at the start of the meet to show their support for the cause. The survivors also served as celebrity judges for the event.

Tigers Take Beauty and the Beast... Missouri rebounded from its season opener with a victory over SEMO at Beauty and the Beast. In their home arena the Tigers scored a 194.925 to top SEMO's 192.825. Junior Mary Burke took the all-around title scoring a 39.225, just over Alex Gold's 38.875. The Tigers took the lead in the meet after the first rotation, holding it the entire meet. Tori Howard and Taylor Medrea earned career high scores on floor, and Gold set hers on bars.

A Look at Beauty and the Beast... The Tigers are 5-0 in Beauty and the Beast history. The event draws in an average of over 5, 000 people each year. Last year's Beauty and the Beast meet saw the Tigers hosting New Hampshire, while wrestling matched up against Oklahoma. The Tigers came out on top with a 195.125-192.975 victory. Shire earned her third all-around title of the season, the 16th of her career, and Mary Burke took the bars title while finishing second in the all-around. Lauren Swankoski took the third place spot.

	Date 	Opponent 	Score	                Attendance
	2/9/07 	SEMO 	        W: 194.775-192.700	6,197
	2/8/08 	Centenary 	W: 195.800-192.325	6,308
	2/13/09 Illinois 	W: 196.625-195.000	4,147
	2/6/10 	New Hampshire 	W: 195.125-192.975	4,041
	1/15/11	SEMO	        W: 194.925-192.825	2,553 

Tigers look to come back from Cancun Classic... The first meet of 2011 found Missouri across the border in Cancun, Mexico for the Cancun Classic. After taking an early lead after the first rotation, the Tigers struggled to keep up with the Mountaineers. Missouri held off West Virginia until the third rotation when the Mountaineers took the lead by one point. Alex Gold placed third in the all-around with a score of 38.150. Sophomore Sandra Ostad topped her career high on bars with a score of 9.775. The score earned her a first place spot in the meet.

Black Outshines Gold... The Tigers' annual Black and Gold Intrasquad meet was held on Dec. 10 to give Mizzou a chance to get out of the gym and compete in front of judges before the regular season begins. The Black Squad took the win with a 151.750-151.225 final score. Missouri's only senior, Alex Gold, led the Black Squad with her 38.325 all-around total. Gold led the Black Squad in three out of the four rotations. She finished with a 9.875 on vault, 9.650 on bars and a 9.700 on beam. She closed out her fourth rotation with a 9.100 on floor. Sophomore Lauren Swankoski shone for the Gold Squad at the Black and Gold Meet. She came in just under Alex Gold on the vault with a 9.800. She recorded the same on beam, and she finished the evening with a 9.850 on her floor routine. Sophomore Lauren Swankoski shone for the Gold Squad at tonight's meet. She came in just under Alex Gold on the vault with a 9.800. She recorded the same on beam, and she finished the evening with a 9.850 on her floor routine.

Preseason Progress... The Tigers clocked in at No. 13 on GymInfo's 2011 Women's Preseason Coaches Poll released on Dec. 1. Missouri will face nine ranked opponents this season including No. 12 LSU, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 2 Alabama, and No. 4 Oklahoma, among others. Mizzou sits above Big 12 opponent Iowa State, who came in at No. 22 in the poll. Missouri finished the 2010 season at No. 12, their highest end-of-season ranking in program history.

Senior Solo... Senior Alex Gold is holding down the fort as Mizzou Gymnastics' only senior this season. She had a promising start to the year, leading the Black Squad to a win over the Gold at the annual Black and Gold Intrasquad meet. She pulled in a 38.325 all-around score, which was the highest at the meet. The Tigers graduated four seniors after the 2010 season to leave the leadership position to Gold. The Plano, Texas native stands as one of Missouri's top vaulters. At one point in the 2010 season Gold sat at No. 9 in the Big 12 and No. 43 in the nation on vault. She has a 9.925 career high on the event, which she tallied during her sophomore season. She earned a tie for a second place finish on vault at the Columbia Regional in 2010 where she also earned a season high 9.900 on the event.

Continuing the Success... Junior Mary Burke is looking to continue her success this year. As one of two juniors on the team this season, Burke will prove a strong competitor. She was ranked at No. 27 in the nation in the All-Around last season and held the No. 2 spot in the conference behind Sarah Shire. At NCAA Regionals Burke matched her career-high 9.850 score on vault and finished tied for third on beam. With a long list of achievements under her belt already, Burke hopes to continue her success in 2011.

Banner Season... Mizzou Gymnastics had one of the most decorated seasons in program history in 2010. The Tigers finished third at the Big 12 Championship and advanced to NCAA Regionals where they snagged a first place finish. Missouri continued on to the NCAA National Championship for the first time in program history. Sarah Shire also finished the 2010 season with a lot of hardware. The four-time All-American stands as Missouri's most decorated gymnast after taking home two straight Big 12 All-Around titles, a second place floor finish at Nationals and a fifth place finish on vault at Nationals as well. She was named NCAA South Central Region's Gymnast of the Year and Co-Big 12 Gymnast of the year for the second consecutive year. Shire holds the school record of 11 All-Around titles in a single season and is also the only gymnast to earn a spot on all five all-conference teams. Throughout her career, Shire was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week 13 times, which is the most in conference history.

Tigers Welcome Three... Missouri Gymnastics welcomes three new additions for the 2012 season. Evansville, Ind. native, Laura Kappler, will join the Tigers as a walk-on next season. Kappler trained at Revolution Gymnastics under coach Carly Cresswell-Watson. Rachel Updike and Colleen Mulcahy have signed National letters of Intent to join the Mizzou Gymnastics family. Updike is a native of Olathe, Kan. where she trained at Kansas Gymnastics, and Cheer. She competed as both a Level 10 and Elite gymnast. Mulcahy comes to Mizzou from Orland Park, Ill. where she trained at Arena Gymnastics under the direction of Dan and Beth Miller.



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