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Olivia Gerling, 23 Sports

Friday, February 5 –

After a disappointing fifth place finish last Saturday at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, the Lady Tigers returned home to take on Lindenwood and Southeast Missouri in the State of Missouri Meet Friday night.

Mizzou came off a meet in which the team tied its season highs on both vaults (49.025) and floor (49.075), while also tallying its second highest bar scores of the year (49.150). This would prove impactful on the night’s events, as the Tigers would go on to win the meet with their eighth highest team tally in program history (196.625).

The night started off on the right foot with a team score of 48.850 on vault followed by a career high of 9.875 by freshman Madeleine Huber on bars. The St. Louis native had previously placed fourth on vault (9.775) at the 2014 Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals, along with claiming the Region IV Level 10 vault, bars and all-around titles.

Freshman Allison Bower followed up with a career best 9.875, while Sophomore Becca Schugel gained a big score of 9.900 for the Lady Tigers. Her previous bars high had been 9.850 against North Carolina State. With a finish of 9.875 courtesy of freshman Megan Porter, Mizzou gymnastics went on to gain their highest score in the event since November 21 of the previous year (49.250). Schugel went on to take the bars title.

The third rotation began with a Tiger success once more, as sophomore Tia Allbritton started the beam with a 9.75. Bower also flourished with a career high of 9.825. Freshman Britney Ward went on to win her fourth beam title of the year (9.900) as Mizzou continued to gain an upper hand on the competition with a team score of 49.050.

The girls finished off the night with five scores of 9.850 or higher on the floor. Porter took the win on the floor, claiming her first career floor title with a high of 9.950.

The Tigers travel to Lexington, Kentucky, next week to take on No. 25 Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12.

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