Gymnastics falls in tight contest against Arkansas

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By Anthony Romano, 23 Sports

Friday, Feb. 27-

The No. 23 Missouri gymnastics team scored 195.000 or more points for the sixth time this season on Friday, but it was not enough to take down No. 17 Arkansas, as the Razorbacks downed the Tigers 195.825-195.275 in Fayetteville.

Mizzou started the meet off with a strong showing on bars, as the Tigers posted a 49.925 team score. Senior Bri Conkle, junior Miranda Eubank, and freshman Becca Schugel each scored 9.800 to lead the way. For Schugel, the score tied her career high which she set against Lindenwood on Feb. 8.

Senior Laura Kappler excelled on vault for Missouri with a score of 9.825, which was good enough for third in the event. It was the sixth meet in a row that Kappler accomplished a 9.800 or better, and she was joined by Schugel and sophomore Angie Kern who also earned 9.800s.

The third rotation was highlighted by a team best 9.800 from freshman Kennedi Harris on floor, her sixth consecutive meet with a 9.800 or better in the event. Mizzou earned 48.600 in the floor event overall.

In the final event, Missouri earned a team total of 48.925 on beam, which tied the Tigers’ second highest score on the event this season. Conkle led the way and tied a career high with a score of 9.825 for the second time this season to win the event. Kappler and freshman Kelli Martin tied for second with 9.800s, while Schugel and freshman Tia Allbritten tied for third with 9.750s.

Missouri has scored 195.000 points or more in six meets this season, including in five of the last six. In 2013 and 2014 combined, the Tigers were only able to surpass 195.000 four times. Despite the high scoring and being nationally ranked, Mizzou remains winless against SEC opponents. The meet marked only the second win for the Razorbacks in conference play this season.

Missouri will get a week off before returning home on March 6 to host the Alabama Crimson Tide in the annual Pink Out meet at 6:30 p.m. The event will be the first-ever gymnastics meet to take place at Mizzou Arena.