March 1, 2012
-- Mizzou Gymnastics will travel to Denver, Colo. for a quad-meet on Saturday, Mar. 3. The Tigers will face Denver for the second time this season, and the team will also meet up with West Virginia and Western Michigan. The meet is set for 7 p.m. CT, and fans can follow the team on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics) for live video updates during the meet.
Last Time Out
Mizzou Gymnastics improved to 7-3 on the season with Friday's victory over Bowling Green State. The Tigers recorded a 196.250 to the Falcons' 193.825. Senior Mary Burke took the all-around title, setting a personal record with her 39.475 score. Burke also took the vault and bars titles, tying with teammate Katelyn Trevino on vault and Allie Heizelman on bars. Rachel Updike won both the beam and floor titles.
Next up, the Tigers are heading to Tuscaloosa on March 9. 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.
Peeping the Pioneers
The Denver Pioneers moved up one spot in the nation this week to No. 19 after setting a season high team score against Sacramento State. The team also set a season-high 49.175 on vault at the meet. Moriah Martin and Louise Mercer were named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week and Specialist of the Week on Feb. 28 after Denver set a season-high score against Sacramento State. Martin is ranked 5th in the nation on vault, and Mercer is tied at No. 29 on the uneven bars. Jorie Hall comes in at No. 20 on the floor, while Melodie Pulgarin Linero is tied for 29th in the all-around. Simon Castro sits in a tie for 32nd in the all-around.
Scouting the Mountaineers
Ranked at No. 24 in the nation, the Mountaineers are 10-4 on the season. Sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer ranked 21st in the all-around according to GymInfo, and she ranked fifth in the Southeast region. The Tigers will face the Mountaineers after the team suffered its first EAGL conference loss to New Hampshire. The team fell 195.750-194.225 on Feb. 25.
Looking at the Broncos
Western Michigan is 7-1 on the season after earning a victory over Ball State on Feb. 26. The Broncos also set a school record 49.175 on vault at the meet. Lauren Bledsoe was named Mid-American Conference Gymnast of the Week after competing in three events at the Bronco's meet against Ball State. The team boasts a season-high score of 195.300, which it earned in a victory over Bowling Green on Jan. 29.
The Tigers recorded one of their best vault scores ever against Oklahoma on Feb. 17. Earning a team vault score of 49.350, Mizzou matched the second-highest team vault score in program history. The Tigers also put up a season-high 49.300 on floor, the 12th highest in school history.
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 seven times this season. 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 tied with Oklahoma's Kiera Redmond-Sturns for the most weekly awards 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 9 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.