Mizzou claims seventh at SEC Championships

Mizzou claims seventh at SEC Championships

Photo courtesy of Julia Hansen/The Maneater

Jameshia Sumlin, 23 Sports Reporter

No. 14 Missouri gymnastics scored a 195.825 to place seventh at the 2017 Southeastern Conference Championship Saturday at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
LSU claimed the team title with 198.075. Florida took second at 197.825 and Alabama took third with 197.400.

Junior Becca Schugel and sophomore Britney Ward claimed spots on the All-SEC Team with their performances at the meet. Schugel earned a spot on floor and Ward on vault as top two finishers on the events in the afternoon session of the Championship.

The Tigers started the meet on bars and posted 48.750 to kick off the championship. Schugel took the lead as she recorded the top Mizzou score of the event at 9.850. Sophomore Allison Bower received a 9.750 and junior Shauna Miller and sophomore Madeleine Huber tallied the same scores of 9.725.

A 49.100 on beam in the second rotation set Mizzou’s highest event total of the meet as four Tigers earned a 9.800 or higher. Ward’s 9.875 in the anchor position was a team-best 9.875 and earned her All-SEC Team accolades on the apparatus. Schugel and sophomore Brooke Kelly hit their sets for scores of 9.825, sophomore Tia Allbritten went 9.800 and freshman Aspen Tucker and Bower both tallied 9.775s.

In the third rotation, the Tigers received a team score of 48.900 on the floor exercise. Schugel claimed a spot on the All-SEC team with her outstanding routine, scoring a 9.850.

Mizzou ended the meet with a score of 49.075 on vault in the final rotation.

The Tigers are set to perform at the NCAA Regionals.