Missouri Gymnastics Tied For Second In Big 12 Championships

Saturday, March 24 –

The Missouri gymnastics team competed in the Big 12 Championships for the final time on Saturday.

Coach Bob Drass, in his 13th season as Missouri’s head coach, has been in the Big 12 since its inception. The last time Missouri won a conference title, Drass earned second place as a graduate assistant with Nebraska. As he leaves the conference he started his coaching career with, he finished tied for second in the tournament.

Missouri and Iowa State scored 196.025 points, just behind Oklahoma’s 197.475. All three programs were neck and neck throughout the competition. However, the Sooners seized an early narrow lead and never let it go.

MU’s Katelyn Trevino won the floor exercise by matching her career high of 9.900, her first title this season. Freshman Rachel Updike, the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, placed second with a 9.875.

Mary Burke, the Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, recorded the Tigers’ best score with a 9.875 on the bars. Burke and Updike each posted a 9.850 on the balance beam.

On the vault, Updike edged Burke’s 9.850 with a 9.875. The team had a 49.000 total score.

Updike was second all-around with a 39.400 and Burke was fourth with a 39.235.

The team will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas to participate in the NCAA Regional Championship on April 7.

– Mihir Bhagat
23 Sports
Staff Writer