Blair Elmore and Missouri are 3-1 in the month of February
Feb. 20, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Currently riding a three-meet winning streak, the Missouri Tigers return to the Hearnes Center this Friday, Feb. 21 as they welcome the George Washington Colonials to town. The dual meet begins at 6:30 p.m. CT, and doors will open to the public beginning at 5:00 p.m. CT.
Adult tickets for Friday's meet are available for $5 each, while youth and seniors tickets can be purchased for $3 apiece. For additional ticket information on the meet, contact the Mizzou Athletics ticket office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS. Following the meet, fans will be able to join an autograph session with the Tigers juniors and seniors gymnasts.
Due to the 2014 MSHSAA Wrestling Championships and a Missouri high school track and field meet taking place at the same time this weekend, fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow for extra time for potential traffic and parking issues.
Gymnastics fans will be able to park in Truman's Landing off Providence Road, and take a free shuttle to the Hearnes Center. The shuttle will run this Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., allowing for easy and convenient travel for fans in attendance. For a detailed map outlining the parking options for this weekend at the University of Missouri, please click here.
Tigers vs. Colonials Quick Facts
Missouri was forced to scramble for a last-minute meet last week, after their originally planned trip to Athens, Ga. was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Tigers wound up in St. Charles, Mo. this past Friday, Feb. 14 to compete with Lindenwood University and Illinois State University.
Holding a comfortable lead virtually the whole night, the Tigers would take home first place with a team total of 194.050. For the fourth consecutive meet, Missouri posted their best event score on floor after finishing with a 48.725 score. Juniors Laura Kappler and Briana Conkle each tallied a 9.700, while freshman Angie Kern finished with a 9.725 score. Junior Rachel Updike anchored the lineup with an impressive 9.900.
The Missouri gymnasts claimed all of the event titles this past Friday, highlighted by wins on vault, beam, floor, and the all-around for Updike. Junior Rebecca Johnson earned her first career event win after her 9.850 on bars took home top honors.
George Washington arrives to Columbia this weekend, after placing second this past Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Sweetheart Invitational in Raleigh, N.C. The Colonials were led by freshman Chelsea Raineri, as she placed first on vault for the sixth consecutive meet by scoring a 9.875.
Last Time Missouri And George Washington Met
(Feb. 12, 1996) The Tigers and Colonials squared off in a quad-meet at Rhode Island University, as George Washington claimed first place with a team total of 189.700. Missouri's team total of 185.650 earned the team third place, earning a win over Bridgeport and losing to George Washington and Rhode Island.
Missouri vs. George Washington History
In three all-time meetings with the Colonials, Missouri holds a 0-3 (.000) record. All three previous meets have come in the regular season, as the two programs have never met in postseason play. Friday night's meet at the Hearnes Center marks the first time in 18 years that Missouri and George Washington have met.
The Colonials and Tigers squared off twice in 1996, in a pair of quad meets at New Hampshire University and Rhode Island University respectively. In the first all-time meeting on Mar. 14, 1993, Missouri joined George Washington at the LSU Invitational along with LSU and Rhode Island. The Tigers would drop all three head-to-head matchups, after posting a team total of 186.600.
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