March 8, 2012
Missouri Meet Notes
Mizzou Gymnastics travels to Alabama this weekend for a dual meet against the Crimson Tide. The meet is set for 7:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum. A video stream is available on the Alabama Athletics Website and fans can follow (@TigerGymnastics) on Twitter.com for live video updates.
Last Time Out
The Tigers traveled to Denver, Colo., for a quad-meet with Denver, West Virginia and Western Michigan. Mizzou put up a 194.025 to take third at the meet, and senior Mary Burke took the all-around title wtih a 39.325. Burke also took first on bars, and Rachel Updike took first on vault and floor. West Virginia took first at the meet, scoring 194.175. Denver came in second with a 194.100 and Western Michigan placed fourth with a 193.825.
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.
A look at Alabama
Ranked fourth in the nation, the Crimson Tide are coming off of a loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. The Crimson Tide posted a 197.150 at the meet which is the team's highest road score of the season. The loss is their first of the season as the team went 9-0 prior to the meeting. Alabama boasts an RQS 196.925 and a season average of 196.816. Individually, Alabama has four gymnasts ranked at no. 17 on the vault, including Geralen Stack-Eaton, Ashley Sledge, Diandra Miller and Marissa Gutierrez. Senior Ashley Priess ranks ninth on the balance beam and 12th on bars, and Stack-Eaton comes in 20th on the bars as well. Kim Jacobs sits at No. 22 on the balance beam.
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 5-5 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 eight 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. Her eight individual weekly honors are the most in one season for any Big 12 Gymnast.
The Tigers had of the best starts in program history this season as the team is now 7-5. 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 8 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.