Gymnastics Set for Big 12 Championship on Saturday

MUTIGERS.COM The Tigers will face Oklahoma and Iowa State at the Big 12 Championship on Saturday.
The Tigers will face Oklahoma and Iowa State at the Big 12 Championship on Saturday.

March 21, 2012

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -The Mizzou Gymnastics team will travel to Norman, Okla., this weekend for the 2012 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship. Hosted by OU, the meet will be held in the Lloyd Noble Center and is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and $5 for youth/seniors. The Big 12 Conference will offer a live video feed on its website, and the meet will air on FSN at a later date.

Last Time Out
Mizzou Gymnastics topped the Arkansas Razorbacks on Senior Night at the Hearnes Center with a score of 196.100 to Arkansas' 195.450. The Tigers posted a season-high 49.400 on floor, which ties for the fifth-best team floor score in school history. Several Tigers set career-highs at the meet, including freshmen Rachel Updike, Colleen Mulcahy, Briana Conkle and Rebecca Johnson and sophomore Mackenzie McGill. The victory improves the Tigers to 9-6 on the season.

Last Time at Big 12's
Mizzou hosted the 2011 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship in the Hearnes Center, earning a fourth place finish. Then a junior, Mary Burke took the all-around title at the meet with a score of 39.300. The Tigers placed fourth at the meet with a score of 194.975, while Nebraska took home the trophy with a 196.775 team total. Oklahoma finished in second place, while Iowa State took third.

Inside Iowa State
Ranked 25th in the nation, the Iowa State Cyclones are 5-7 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 competition. The Tigers and the Cyclones met earlier this season at the Hearnes Center, with the Tigers earning a 192.675-192.000 victory. The team is led by Michelle Browning, who ranks 23rd in the nation for her all-around performance this season. Celine Paulus is also a major contributor for the Cyclones as she is ranked 38th in the all-around and 45th on the uneven bars.

Spotting the Sooners
After entering the 2012 season with back-to-back top-three finishes in the NCAA Super Six team finals in 2010 and 2011, the Sooners added five new gymnasts to the roster and returned 18 of 24 routines from 2011, including nine All-American performances. The Tigers lost to the Sooners, 197.400-196.375, earlier this season at the Hearnes Center. OU is ranked second in the nation, and leads the nation on the floor exercise. The team boasts several high-ranked gymnasts including the No. 1-ranked gymnasts on vault (Sara Stone) and floor (Megan Ferguson). Ferguson is ranked second on the beam and third on the bars as well.

Conference Championship History
Since the start of the Big 12 Conference, Mizzou has earned nine fourth place finishes at the meet and the team has finished in third place six times. In the first year of the Mizzou Gymnastics program, the Tigers finished third at the conference championships, and have earned a total of 16 third place finishes. Mizzou finished second at the championship three times and has earned a total of 12 fourth place finishes.



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