Feb. 22, 2012
Missouri Meet Notes
Columbia, Mo.-- Mizzou Gymnastics hosts the Bowling Green State Falcons to the Hearnes Center on Friday, Feb. 24. The meet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and admission is free to students with a Mizzou student ID.
Last Time Out
The No. 16 Mizzou Gymnastics team recorded a season-high 196.375 against the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners on Friday (Feb. 17). Despite the score, Missouri fell to OU who put up a 197.400. The Tigers also recorded a season-high score of 49.350 on the vault, which ties for the second-highest team vault score in Mizzou history. The Tigers' also recorded a season-high 49.300 team score on floor exercise, which ties for the 12th highest score in school history. Several Tigers put up personal bests at the meet, and senior Allie Heizelman took home the bars title.
Missouri travels to Denver for another quad meet on March 3 as well. Mizzou will compete against Denver, Western Michigan and West Virginia at the meet before heading to Tuscaloosa on March 16. The Tigers will hold Senior Night on March. 16 against Arkansas. The meet will take place during Alumni Weekend, when all Mizzou Gymnastics Alum are welcome to come back for the meet and other fun activities.
Scouting the Falcons
Ranked at No. 50 in the nation, the Bowling Green Falcons will come to Mizzou on a seven-meet losing streak. Most recently, BGSU fell to Pittsburgh 194.050-192.325. The Falcons earned a victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh early in the season, posting a 188.925. Bowling Green boasts a season-high team score of 193.975. The team ranks first in the Mid-American Conference on the floor exercise with a team average of 48.750; the number puts them 25th in the nation as well. Gina Locigno leads the team in the all-around competition as she is ranked sixth in the conference and 121st in the nation with a season average of 38.350.
Missouri is now 5-3 against ranked opponents as the Tigers knocked off No. 24 Iowa State on Jan. 8, No. 16 Denver on Jan. 20, No. 4 Nebraska, No. 23 NC State, and No. 18 Illinois. Two of the wins have been upsets.
Rachel Updike has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week six out of the last seven weeks. Her awards mark the first time that Missouri has earned this award in consecutive weeks, and the first time any gymnast has earned a weekly award five weeks in a row. She is one of three gymnasts in the Big 12 to win a weekly award six times in one season.
The Tigers are on their way to one of the best starts in program history as the team is now 6-3. The Tigers started off 5-0 before taking 3rd place in the Chicago Style Invite. It is the first time in program history that Missouri has won five consecutive dual meets to start the season.
Head Coach Rob Drass is just 10 wins away from his 150th career victory. It will also be his 150th victory at Mizzou.
Freshman Rachel Updike has been named to CollegeSports360's Primetime Performers Honor Roll twice this season. Senior Mary Burke earned the honor most recently on Jan. 31 also.
Mizzou Gymnastics plans to host a golf tournament in April. Anyone interested in participating can contact Jennifer Green.