Maddie Boccardi, 23 Sports
Friday, February 10—
The No. 13 Missouri Tigers gymnastics team bounced back after losing three meets in a row to ranked opponents. The Tigers won a quad meet against No. 14 George Washington, No. 25 Iowa State and Lindenwood. Missouri had a total of 195.725 points followed by George Washington with 194.350 then Iowa State with 195.350 and finally Lindenwood with 194.100 points.
The Tigers were led by Britney Ward on the vault with a score of 9.925 and her beam performance with another outstanding score of 9.875.
The first rotation brought the the Tigers to the vault, which so far this season has been the strongest event for Missouri. It was a successful first event for the Tigers as Kennedi Harris, Ward and Aspen Tucker all scored above 9.800 followed by Madeleine Huber, Angie Kern and Shauna Miller, who all had scores of 9.725. After the first rotation the Tigers were in the lead.
In the second rotation the Tigers moved onto the uneven bars, which was not the best event of the night for Missouri. The Tigers pulled out a score of 48.575, with Miller, Tucker and Ward scoring the highest points for the Tigers at 9.725. After the second rotation the Tigers dropped to second place behind George Washington.
Missouri moved on to the beam where Ward shined yet again for the Tigers, scoring a 9.875. The Tigers had the highest score on beam with a combined score of 48.950. Missouri took over first place after a poor performance from George Washington on vault and a strong performance from the Tigers.
The Tigers closed out the meet on the floor with dominant performances all around. Sophomore Harris had a fierce performance, scoring an 8.875 to add to the Tigers’ combined score of 49.150 on the floor. This strong performance from Missouri would seal the deal over the Colonials.
Missouri will travel to St. Charles, Missouri, to compete in the Gymquarters Invitational where they’ll take on LSU, Georgia and Oklahoma on Feb. 17.