Seniors Cathryn Aliceaacosta and Mackenzie McGill
March 12, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - In the final home meet of the year, Missouri gymnastics welcomes No. 3 and defending national champion Florida Gators to Columbia this Friday, Mar. 14. The SEC finale will be Senior Night at the Hearnes Center, as seniors Cathryn Aliceaacosta and Mackenzie McGill will be honored immediately following the dual meet.
Competition 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 full Tigers gymnastics team.
Friday evening will mark the second annual "Light Up The Night" promotion at the Hearnes Center. Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to receive one of 2,000 glow in the dark necklaces, and one of 250 light-up headbands.
Due to the 2014 MSHSAA Basketball Championships being held at Mizzou Arena this weekend in Columbia, fans are encouraged to arrive to the gymnastics meet 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. Gators Quick Facts
Missouri and Florida each close out their 2014 regular season schedule Friday, Mar. 14 at the Hearnes Center. Friday will mark one final tune-up before next Friday's SEC Championships in Birmingham, Al.
The Tigers' return to the Hearnes Center Friday marks their first home meet since Feb. 21 against George Washington. Missouri looks to repeat their performance from that night, as they posted their 2014 season-high score of 195.725 against the Colonials.
Last Friday (Mar. 7) night at Auburn, the visiting Tigers from Missouri competed in their final regular season road meet of the year. Behind the team's top beam score of the season (48.825), Missouri finished with a 194.600 team total against the host Tigers.
Sophomore Miranda Eubank had perhaps her best individual performance of the season for Missouri, as she finished with a 9.775 on vault and 9.800 score on bars. The Louisville, Ky. native's score on vault was a new 2014 season high.
Freshmen Alyson Heimsath, Angie Kern and Sasha Sander also delivered strong nights for the Tigers, contributing solid scores in their respective events. Heimsath posted a new career-high on beam with a 9.775, Kern finished with a 9.750 or higher on both vault and floor, and Sander once again came through on beam with a strong 9.800 score.
Florida comes to Columbia, Mo. as the No. 3 ranked team in the country, and are fresh off the country's season-high score for a team with their 198.325 total against West Virginia. Seniors Alaina Johnson (39.825) and Mackenzie Caquatto (39.625) each finished with incredible all-around scores for the Gators last Friday in Gainesville, Fla.
Missouri vs. Florida History
In 12 all-time meetings with the Gators, the Tigers are still in search of their first ever victory. Breaking down the team's all-time matchups, Missouri holds a 0-10 (.000) record in regular season meetings, while having a 0-2 (.000) record in postseason play.
The two programs first met on Jan. 9, 1981 at Florida, as the Gators took home the meet with a 140.340 to 134.900 victory. Missouri and Florida maintained a strong rivalry through the 1980's, as they met five more times in the decade.
Florida made their first ever trip to mid-Missouri on Jan. 28, 1984. The Gators claimed a 182.050 to 177.650 dual victory at the Hearnes.
Until their first ever matchup as SEC opponents last year, the Tigers and Gators had gone 14 years in between their last meet together (Mar. 19, 1999 and then Jan. 18, 2013).
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