Tigers fall four points short to No. 1 Alabama

The No. 21 Missouri gymnastics team hosted No. 1 Alabama in the Hearnes Center on Friday. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers 196.450 – 192.025 in front of 6,000 fans in their season home opener.The Tigers started out solid on the Vault with a team score of 48.625. Sophomore Rachel Updike posted a 9.875, the highest score for the Tigers on the event, while seniors Sandra Ostad and Tori Howard both scored 9.750.

Missouri’s line-up began to look shaky while competing on the Uneven Bars in the team’s second rotation. Ostad started off this event with a 9.500 and sophomore Briana Conkle followed with a 9.475. Junior Katelyn Trevino received a 9.250 with a fall, while junior Mackenzie McGill posted a 9.650. The last score of 9.575 came from sophomore Rachel Updike, making the team score on this event a 47.450. Alabama answered with a 49.050.

The Tigers would then lose on the Balance Beam, where they posted a 47.250 while the Crimson Tide responded with a 49.150.

Mizzou came back strong on the Floor Exercise to end its first home meet with a team score of 48.700. Conkle scored her highest personal score of the meet with a 9.675. Trevino and Howard posted the team’s two highest scores with a 9.800 and 9.825, respectively. But the Tide was still able to win the event with a 49.075 score.

In an interview with Mizzou Network after the meet, coach Rob Drass said he was proud of his gymnasts given the situation they faced.

“It’s a really hard draw to have the number one team in the country come in in your very first meet,” he said. “But no matter what you have, you just got to go out there and get the job done.”

Drass said he thought the gymnasts needed to work on their confidence on the Uneven Bars and Balance Beam before their next meet.

The team will travel to Gainesville, Fla. to face the No. 3 Florida Gators Jan. 18.


    1. Thank you! Keep coming back for more updates if you like the comments! I’ll be traveling soon and be posting entries about that!


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