March 14, 2012
Missouri Meet Notes
Arkansas Meet Notes
COLUMBIA, Mo. -
Mizzou Gymnastics hosts No. 9 Arkansas on Friday for Senior Night. Fans are encouraged to wear black to the meet, and be loud in the Hearnes Center at 6:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
In front of a crowd of 12,936 gymnastics fans, the Mizzou Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide paid tribute to those affected by tornadoes in both Missouri and Alabama at a tornado relief meet. The teams were joined by representatives from both Joplin, Mo. and Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa Toyota was also on hand to present a check for $12,400 to ReadBAMARead, an organization founded by Alabama assistant coach Dana Duckworth, to help the three schools that were destroyed last spring rebuild their libraries. The Tigers fell to Crimson Tide 197.175-195.375, however freshman Rachel Updike tied for first on the floor exercise with a score of 9.900.
This will be the last home meet for the Tigers, Mizzou will head to the Big 12 Championship on March 24 in Norman, Okla., before NCAA Regional seeding takes place.
A look at Arkansas
Ranked ninth in the nation, the Razorbacks are coming off an upset loss last Saturday to the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown. The Razorbacks posted a 195.125 at the meet which is the team's lowest overall score on the season. The Razorbacks come into this meet with an RQS of 196.545 and a season average of 196.341. Individually, Arkansas boasts two of the top three all-around gymnasts in the country. Senior Jamie Pisani is first in the all-around with a RQS 39.545, while checking in at second on floor and fifth on uneven bars. Sophomore Katherine Grable is ranked third in the all-around with a RQS 39.500, while sitting at No. 5 on floor and vault and No. 8 on beam. Senior Mariah Howdeshell is ranked seventh on the uneven bars.
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 5-6 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 nine 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 nine 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.