Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:27 AM
GAINESVILLE, FL -- Mizzou Gymnastics competed in its first-ever SEC road competition on Friday, falling to the Florida Gators, 197.300-194.625. Several Tigers competed their first-ever collegiate meet; Freshman Miranda Eubank appeared in the vault and bar lineups, and Freshman Rachel Henderson earned a spot in the beam lineup as well.
The Tigers started the meet on the uneven bars, finishing with a team total of 48.800. Mackenzie McGill, Rachel Updike and Katelyn Trevino all earned scores of 9.775, and the mark stands as a career high for McGill. Sophomore Laura Kappler also earned a career-high 9.724 on the event. Freshman Miranda Eubank was a part of the lineup for the first time in her career, earning a season and career best 9.750 for her routine. She completed an exhibition routine on the uneven bars for the Tigers in their first meet against Alabama.
Missouri followed bars with a great showing on vault, scoring a 48.925 on the event. Updike anchored the lineup with a 9.950 to match her career-high score. Eubank also competed in the vault lineup for the first time in her career, earning a career high 9.675. Katelyn Trevino and Tori Howard contributed to the team total with scores of 9.775 and 9.800, respectively. Ostad also contributed with a 9.725 score.
Howard shone for the Tigers on floor, putting up a 9.800 score on her high-energy routine. Both Cathryn Aliceaacosta and Taylor Medrea scored 9.700 on their routines for Mizzou, and Trevino's upbeat performance scored 9.750 on the night. After the third rotation, Missouri trailed Florida, 148.100-146.250.
Finishing up the meet on the balance beam, Mizzou earned a 48.375 team score to finish the meet with a 194.625 team total. Freshman Rachel Henderson made the lineup for the first time in her career, recording a 9.700 score. Howard again led the team on the event with a 9.775 on her routine, Aliceaacosta posted a 9.650 on beam, and Medrea scored 9.675.
Missouri will head out for another road competition on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Tigers will see Air Force, UC Davis and Texas Women's at the meet. On February 1, the much anticipated Beauty and the Beast event will take place at 6:30 p.m.