Burke Shines but Tigers Still Fall

Saturday, March 3 –

Senior Mary Burke proved just how sensational she is again in a huge four-team match. She won her fifth all-around title of the season, this time at the Winterfest Invitational in Denver, Co.

Burke had an impressive night, finishing with a tie for the bars title. Freshman Rachel Updike also finished impressively with the vault title and a tie for first in the floor exercise.

Mizzou gymnastics put up a 194.025, only good enough for third, but it was extremely close. West Virginia took first at the meet with a 194.175, which was barely ahead of the Denver Pioneers (194.100). Western Michigan was not far behind Mizzou and finished fourth with a final tally of 193.825.

The Tigers began it all at the bars, a strong point for Mizzou, earning a team score of 48.700. Burke started for the Tigers, putting up a 9.875. After the first rotation, the Tigers sat in second place right behind a 48.825 Denver Pioneer surge on vault.

Beam became the second part of the saga for Mizzou. Burke led Mizzou , as always, on the event with a near perfect 9.800 score. Mizzou scored 47.625 on beam for a total second round score of 96.325, which put them behind eventual fourth place finisher Western Michigan. Western Michigan took the lead in the second rotation with a team tally of 97.250, just 2.750 of a perfect two round score.

After three, and a solid performance on the floor, Mizzou put up a 48.725, which put them at 45.050. Western Michigan still had a nice lead with 145.975. WVU came in at second with 145.750. Denver was in dead last at 144.925.

Mizzou finished the meet just over a point from a perfect score on the vault 48.975
to get third.

Reality slapped Western Michigan hard as the Broncos dropped from first to last in one event.

– Kevin Waida
23 Sports
Staff Writer