Each gymnast pick up their first career All-SEC honors
March 24, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Rebecca Johnson, Sasha Sander and Rachel Updike were honored as members of the 2014 All-SEC gymnastics team today, as announced by the Southeastern Conference. Johnson and Updike each landed on the All-SEC team, while Sander picked up SEC All-Freshmen team honors.
The All-SEC team is comprised of the student-athletes with the top-two scores, including ties, on each event and in the all-around competition in the first session and the second session of the SEC Championship.
Members of the SEC All-Freshmen team are comprised of the freshmen student-athletes with the top score, including ties, on each event in the first session of this past weekend's SEC Championship and the student-athlete with the top score, including ties, on each event in the second session of the SEC Championship.
Johnson, a Pewaukee, Wis. native, tallied an impressive 9.850 score on bars last Saturday afternoon at the SEC 2014 Championship. In the first session of the competition against Arkansas, Auburn and Kentucky, Johnson's score tied for second place.
After missing all of the 2013 season due to injury, Johnson rebounded in a big way this year, as she evolved into one of the top bars specialists in the country. The junior's 9.860 RQS score on the event ranked T-59th nationally, and 12th inside the South Central Region. Johnson enjoyed her greatest success during a three meet stretch in mid-February, after winning three consecutive bars event titles.
Updike enjoyed an outstanding meet at the BJCC Arena last Saturday, after missing the previous three meets due to injury. The Olathe, Kan. native's 9.900 score on vault tied for first place in the first session, along with Arkansas's Katherine Grable. Updike's strongest even all season has been on vault, as she has taken home six event titles on the apparatus. The junior's 9.905 RQS score in 2014 ranks T-23rd in the country, and T-5th within the South Central Region.
Sander is only one-of-seven SEC freshmen to be named to the 2014 All-SEC freshmen squad. The Louisville, Ky. native's score of 9.825 at the conference tournament was her second best bars performance of the season, and T-5th among the first session competitors. Sander became one of the more consistent Missouri gymnasts on bars this year, despite not competing on the event until the seventh meet of the year.
Along with Johnson, Updike and fellow freshman Angie Kern, Sander was only one-of-four Tigers gymnasts to earn an event title during the 2014 season. Sander's 9.825 score on beam against George Washington took home top honors, and it marked the first career event win for the freshman.
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