Gymnastics place second at Arkansas meet

Missouri gymnastics placed second to Arkansas in the team’s quad meet March 1. The other two competitors, Lindenwood University from St. Charles, Mo., and Centenary College, placed third and fourth, respectively.

The Razorbacks led the meet right from the beginning, and would finish with a score of 196.650. Missouri followed with a 194.300, Lindenwood with a 191.125 and Centenary with 190.525.

Mizzou began the meet on bars posting a team score of 48.875, which would be its best of the night. Sophomore Laura Kappler started off the rotation with a career-high 9.775. Junior Mackenzie McGill and freshman Miranda Eubank followed, scoring 9.750 and 9.800, respectively. Sophomore Rachel Updike competed a solid routine to earn a 9.825 and junior Taylor Medrea finished off the rotation with a 9.725.

The Tigers traveled to the balance beam next. Kappler once again was the first gymnast to compete for Mizzou, earning a 9.775. Freshman Rachel Henderson posted a career-high 9.750 and Updike scored a solid 9.825. Senior Tori Howard and McGill ended the rotation with marks of 9.725 and 9.750, respectively. The team ended up with a 48.825 score on this event.

The third rotation found Missouri on the floor exercise, where they earned a team total of 47.750. Junior Taylor Medrea brought the Tigers their first score of 9.375. Junior Cathryn Aliceaacosta posted a 9.650 and Eubank followed with a career-high 9.750. Howard earned a 9.800 and Freshman Blair Elmore competed on the event for the first time, posting a 9.175.

Mizzou ended the meet on the vault, where. Kappler was the first gymnast to compete, bringing in a 9.650. Eubank and Howard followed with 9.700 and 9.800, respectively. Updike then earned the Tigers’ highest score on this event with a 9.875. Ostad finished off the rotation, scoring a season-high 9.800 and bringing the team’s total to 48.850.

The Tigers return to the Hearnes Center to compete against Illinois in their last home meet of the season at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The team will honor the seniors at this meet.

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