April 29, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou Gymnastics held its post-season banquet on Sunday, April 28 to celebrate the 2013 season and recognize the achievements of some Tigers student-athletes.
Senior Tori Howard was not only presented with an award commemorating her All-SEC honors, but she was given the True Tiger award. The award is presented to the Tiger gymnast who embodies all aspects of a `True Tiger'. Howard proved to be committed to her team this season through her leadership skills in the gym, and also in the competitive arena. She competed on three events in every meet this season, consistently averaging a 9.782 on vault, 9.680 on beam and 9.750 on floor. Howard was also awarded the Tiger Performance Athlete of the Year award based on her efforts in the weight room.
Senior Sandra Ostad was recognized for her community service efforts throughout her career as she was named to the All-SEC Community Service team this season. Ostad was also recognized with National Strength and Conditioning All-American honors for her efforts in the weight room. The award is only given to six Mizzou athletes each year, and honors an entire career of improvement and leadership in the strength and conditioning arena.
Juniors Taylor Medrea and Mackenzie McGill were recognized for their All-SEC honors at the banquet, McGill was named to the All-SEC team after putting up a 9.900 on balance beam at the SEC Championships while Medrea scored a 9.825 on bars at the meet.
Freshman Miranda Eubank was also recognized for her All-SEC honors. She was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after posting a 9.800 on bars at her first-ever conference championship. Eubank and fellow freshman Blair Elmore were also honored for their efforts in the classroom as they have the highest grade point averages on the team. Both boast cumulative GPAs of 4.0.
Sophomore Laura Kappler
was honored with the Most Improved award as she became a strong competitor for the Tigers this season. Kappler stepped up as an all-around competitor for Mizzou, earning a career high 38.875 all-around score at the SEC Championship.
Sophomore Rachel Updike was given the Most Valuable Player award as she powered through a foot injury all season to continue competition at NCAA Regionals. Updike led the Tigers with an average score of 9.868 on vault, 9.780 on bars and 9.813 on beam this season.
Sophomore Becca Johnson was also recognized at the banquet as she was given the Moxie Award. The honor is presented to a Tiger who demonstrates courage, positivity and spirit despite facing hard times. Johnson suffered a season-ending knee injury just two days before Missouri's first meet of the season. Despite her injury, Johnson proved to be a team player at all practices, meets and team functions.
The Mizzou Gymnastics Banquet concludes the 2013 gymnastics season, however fans should stay tuned to MUTigers.com for more updates on Mizzou Gymnastics throughout the summer. Also, follow the team on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics) and Facebook (facebook.com/Mizzou Gymnastics).