Florida Rips Mizzou Gymnastics on Senior Night

By Amanda Henderson, 23 Sports

Friday, March 14

In a close battle on senior night, the Missouri women’s gymnastics team fell to No. 3 Florida 198.200 to 194.300. This meet was the final time seniors Cathryn Aliceaacosta and Mackenzie McGill would compete for Missouri.

The Tigers began with the vault. Angie Kern led them with a new career-high of 9.850. Miranda Eubank and Alyson Heimsath followed Kern. The duo put up impressive scores of 9.700 and 9.750, respectively. The team finished the event with 48.750 points.

The next event was the uneven bars. The Tigers were led by Blair Elmore with a career-high of 9.775. Briana Conkle, who posted a 9.800, followed her. Heimsath also made an appearance in this event and match her personal best with a score of 9.775. Sander added a 9.775 to Mizzou’s 47.550 points for the event.

The Tigers hoped to finish out their senior night strong on the floor. Heimsath posted a new career-high of 9.800 to start Mizzou’s rotation. Conkle followed Heimsath with a score of 9.775. Lark Poklandnik matched her personal best of 9.800, which she had set just the week before at Auburn. Kappler was in the fourth spot in the lineup and garnered a 9.725. Kern posted a 9.825 and Anna Bowers closed out the event for Missouri, putting up a 9.825. Overall, the Tigers tallied 49.025 points in this event as well.

The gymnastics squad enters the postseason next Saturday with the 2014 SEC Gymnastics Championships taking place in Birmingham, Ala.