Mizzou gymnastics suffers upset by Kentucky

Missouri’s gymnasts battled for the lead throughout the meet, but ended up falling to the Kentucky Wildcats by a razor-thin margin of 194.250-194.125 on Feb. 15.

The meet was the closest the Tigers had competed in all season, with each rotation resulting in a switch in the lead between the two SEC teams.

Like all dual meets, the home team, Kentucky, started on the Vault while the away team, Missouri, started on the Uneven Bars.

Missouri scored their highest score on Bars all season. Senior Sandra Ostad led off with a 9.700, followed by junior Mackenzie McGill’s 9.775. Freshman Miranda Eubank scored a career-high 9.900, winning the title for the event. Sophomore Rachel Updike and junior Taylor Medrea finished off the rotation with 9.850 each, career-highs for both gymnasts. After the first rotation, MU led 49.075-48.900.

The Tigers then moved to the Vault. Sophomore Laura Kappler started the event with a 9.500. Junior Cathryn Aliceaacosta and Ostad followed with scores of 9.550 and 9.675, respectively. Senior Tori Howard posted a 9.725 and Updike took the event title with a 9.875. MU’s team score for the event was 48.325, but the Wildcats took back the led 98.050-97.400 after the second rotation.

The third rotation found Mizzou on the Floor Exercise. Medrea began with a 9.725 and Ostad followed with a 9.750. Eubank and Howard posted scores of 9.700 and 9.800, respectively. Kappler finished the rotation, contributing a 9.675 to the team’s total score of 48.525. After this rotation, the Tigers resumed the lead 145.925-145.200.

Missouri ended the meet on the Balance Beam, the only event they were outscored by Kentucky on, 48.200-47.150. Freshman Rachel Henderson competed first for the Tigers scoring a 9.550. Aliceaacosta’s routine earned a 9.650 and Updike followed with 9.775. Howard and McGill closed out the rotation with scores of 9.500 and 9.725, respectively. But Kentucky inched back into the lead with their performance on floor, ending the meet 194.250-194.125.

The Tigers come back to the Hearnes Center Feb. 22 to face No. 11 Georgia at 6:30 p.m.

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