Mary Burke Takes All-Around at Big 12 Championship
COLUMBIA - Missouri took a fourth place finish at this afternoon's Big 12 Championship meet. The Tigers posted a team score of 194.975. The Nebraska Cornhuskers took home the trophy putting up a 196.775 team total. Oklahoma scored 196.500 for a second place finish and the Cyclones of Iowa State came in third with a 195.150. Junior Mary Burke recorded an all-around total of 39.300 to win the event.
Mizzou began the Championship on the beam with Tori Howard, who put up a career-high 9.775 in the lead-off position. She was followed by Swankoski who recroded a 9.725 and Cathryn Aliceaacosta who put up a 9.700 on her beam routine. Alex Gold recorded a 9.750 score and Allie Heizelman posted a 9.000. Mary Burke closed out the rotation, earning a score of 9.800. The Tigers finished the first rotation with a team total of 48.750 above Iowa State's 48.425.
The second rotation saw the Tigers moving to the floor, a strong event for the team. Missouri put up a 48.750 in this rotation as well which allowed them to stay in the third place position. Aliceaacosta posted a 9.700 score, and both Gold and Howard put up scores of 9.775. Swankoski posted a 9.800 on her floor routine followed by Burke who recorded a 9.850 and Heizelman who scored 9.325.
Missouri moved to vault in the third rotation where the Tigers recorded a 48.750 to bring their team total to 146.250. Still holding on to the third in the standings, the Alex Gold came through with a season-high 9.900 on her vault. The score earned her the second place medal in the event standings. Howard started off the vault rotation with a 9.000 and Ostad followed in the line-up with a 9.700. Both Swankoski and Burke posted scores 9.800 and Aliceaacosta scored 9.550.
Mary Burke hit her bars set, taking second in the event standings with a score of 9.850. Gold took the lead-off position on bars, scoring a 9.650 and Swankoski followed recording a 9.750. Ostad scored a 9.625 while Medrea scored 9.775. Heizelman closed out the bars rotation with a 9.700. Missouri recorded a team total of 48.725 on bars to finish the Championship with a 194.975.
The NCAA Regional Championship meets will be held on April 2 in several locations across the country. Six teams will each compete at six different competition sites for the chance to move on to the NCAA National Championship. Mizzou will find out on Monday, March 21 where teams will be competing.