The Tigers will compete in their first-ever SEC Championship.
March 21, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Gymnastics is preparing for the SEC Championships this weekend in Little Rock, Ark. The Tigers will face the seven other SEC Schools in a two-session event. The Tigers will compete in the first session of the meet along with Arkansas, Auburn and Kentucky at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Florida, Alabama, Georgia and LSU will compete in the second session, beginning at 6 p.m.
Last Time Out
Mizzou Gymnastics closed out the regular season at Arizona on Saturday with a season high 195.450 score. The Arizona Wildcats took the meet with a 196.625 team total. The Tigers earned two event titles at the meet, as sophomore Rachel Updike took the vault title with a 9.900 score. Senior Tori Howard earned the Tigers' second event title with a 9.875 score on beam. She tied for first on the event with Arizona's Molly Quirk. Updike finished third on the beam with a 9.825 score.
Scouting the SEC
Known as one of the most prestigious gymnastics conferences in the nation, seven of the league's eight gymnastics teams are ranked among the Top 25, as listed by GymInfo. Florida leads the nation with a season average of 197.435. Alabama joins the Gators in the top three, clocking in at No. 3 in the nation. The Crimson tide average a 197.048.
Conference Championship History
This will be Missouri's first SEC Gymnastics Championship. At last year's Big 12 Conference Championship, Missouri tied for second place overall with Iowa State. The Tigers put up a 196.025 at the meet, and Katelyn Trevino took home the Big 12 Championship floor title. Then-senior Mary Burke was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, and Rachel Updike received the Newcomer of the Year award. Missouri has a 33-74-1 record at the Conference Championship Meet in program history.
Sophomore All-American Rachel Updike currently checks in at No. 22 in the nation on the vault with a 9.892 average score. She also ranks 47th on the beam averaging a 9.806 score.
The Tigers earned a season high 195.450 in the regular season finale at Arizona.
Missouri's win over TWU at the Air Force Quad Meet marks Missouri Gymnastics' 360th win in the regular season.
This year's Beauty and the Beast brought in the 10th largest crowd in Missouri history, and the largest crowd for a Beauty and the Beast event ever. The Tigers hosted 6,486 fans for the event.
Sophomore Rachel Updike has never scored below a 9.750 on the vault. She has scored above a 9.825 in all but one meet over the past two seasons.
Senior Tori Howard has made an appearance in every meet of her career except one. She did not perform against Centenary in her freshman season.
Howard is averaging a 9.790 score on the vault this season, never scoring below a 9.725. In fact, she has consistently scored a 9.700 or above in her last 13 meets dating back to March 16, 2012.
The SEC Championships will air on ESPNU on Mar. 28 at 5 p.m. and again on ESPN at 7 p.m. on Mar. 30.
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