Mizzou gymnast Morgan Porter named SEC Freshman of the Week

7 months 2 weeks 1 day ago March 08, 2016 Mar 8, 2016 Tuesday, March 08 2016 Tuesday, March 08, 2016 9:37:00 PM CST in Sports
By: Stephanie Lorenc, KOMU 8 sports digital producer

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Freshman Morgan Porter (Overland, Mo.) of the No. 15 Mizzou gymnastics team was awarded SEC Freshman of the Week on Tuesday, March 8. Porter is the third Tiger ever to receive the award, joining sophomore Shauna Miller (Jan. 13, 2015) and freshman Britney Ward (Jan. 26, 2016)


Porter performed one of the best indiviual routines in program history against No. 9 Arkansas on March 4. The freshman won four titles and tied the second-highest all-around total in Mizzou history with a career-best 39.675 in the meet against the Razorbacks. Porter's score is also tied as the sixth-highest all-around total in the nation this season and second-best among SEC gymnasts.


Aside from Porter's all-around win, she claimed top honors on floor (9.950), beam (9.950) and bars (9.925), all of which set or tied her personal-highs. Her beam score of 9.950 ranks tied for fourth all-time at Mizzou, while her bars and floor scores were good enough to tie her for fifth in program history. Porter, who has now recorded a 9.950 on floor three times in her freshman, also scored a 9.850 on vault in the meet.


Over the last three meets, Porter has recorded all-around scores of 39.675, 39.450 and 39.425, which rank first, third and fourth on Missouri's freshman list. Porter now leads the Tigers with 11 total titles this season, including four on vault, three in the all-around, two on both bars and floor and one on beam.


Mizzou will finish out the regular season on Friday, March 11 when the team travels to Kalamazoo, Mich., to take on Western Michigan at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT).

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