MIssouri gymnastics earns season-high team score

Missouri gymnastics earned its highest team score of the year Saturday in the Tigers’ last regular season meet, but lost to the Arizona Wildcats, 196.625 – 195.450.

Mizzou started the meet on the Uneven Bars, where they posted a team score of 48.625. Senior Sandra Ostad began the rotation with a score of 9.700. Sophomore Laura Kappler and junior Mackenzie McGill followed earning 9.675 and 9.700, respectively. Sophomore Rachel Updike and junior Taylor Medrea finished off the rotation, posting scores of 9.775 each. Arizona answered with a team score of 49.150.

Missouri went next to the Vault, where Junior Cathryn Aliceaacosta posted a 9.550 and Kappler followed, earning a career-high score of 9.750. Freshman Miranda Eubank performed a solid routine to put up a score of 9.850, Senior Tori Howard posted a 9.800, and Updike earned a 9.900 to earn the event title. Missouri posted a team score of 48.850, just shy of Arizona’s 49.100.

The Tigers moved on to the Floor Exercise for the meet’s third rotation. Medrea began the event with a solid routine, earning a 9.775. Aliceaacosta and Ostad followed, both scoring a 9.800. Eubank posted a career-high score of 9.775 and Howard finished the rotation with a score of 9.875, for a team score of 49.025. But Arizona edged past Missouri with a team total of 49.475.

Missouri’s final event was the Balance Beam. Kappler was the first Tiger to compete, posting a 9.700. Freshman Rachel Henderson followed with a career-high 9.775 and Updike posted a solid 9.825. Howard competed next to earn a 9.875, winning the beam title. McGill ended the rotation with a solid 9.775. Missouri edged out Arizona on this event 48.950-48.900 for its only team victory of the meet.

The Tigers will move next to the Southeastern Conference Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas, starting at 2pm on Saturday, March 23.

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