Kentucky Squeaks By Mizzou Gymnastics

Saturday, Feb. 16-

Missouri gymnastics lost a close match to Kentucky 194.125-194.250. The Tigers came up only .125 points short of the Wildcats. Regardless of the losing effort, the underclassmen stepped up and posted career numbers.

Despite the loss, the Tigers performed well in Lexington, Ky. Missouri started off the day with a season high score of 49.075 on the bars. The effort was led by freshman Miranda Eubank with a career high 9.900, placing her first on the bars.

Fellow underclassman sophomore Rachel Updike contributed in a big way with a strong tally of 9.850. Junior Taylor Medrea pitched in as she matched Updike’s score. Junior Mackenzie McGill and senior Sandra Ostad also put up good numbers to help the Tigers achieve a season high mark.

Next up was the vault. Kentucky took the lead after the second rotation with a score of 98.050-97.475. The Tigers were led by 9.875 score put up by Updike.

The Wildcat advantage was temporary as the Tigers fought back to take it back via a strong rotation on floor. Senior Tori Howard was the focal point of the impressive performance as she scored a 9.800.

The meet ended on the balance beam with a Missouri score of 48.200. Again, Updike led the team with 9.775 points. McGill also was efficient, posting a 9.725. However, Kentucky edged Missouri with a total team score of 49.050, giving them the meet.

The Tigers will be back in Columbia on Feb. 22 when the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs come to town. The match begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center.

-Logan McKee
23 Sports
Staff Writer