J.J. Angelo-23Sports

The 20th ranked Missouri Tigers gymnastics team finished atop the podium in their home finale, topping Lindenwood University, Ohio State University, and narrowly upsetting No. 11 Minnesota.

Narrow might not do the victory justice, as it was a razor-thin 196.775 to 196.675 upset of the Golden Gophers.
It was senior night at the Hearnes Center and, fittingly, Mizzou had redshirt senior Morgan Porter to thank for the overall victory and takedown of 11th ranked Minnesota.

Porter clinched the meet for the Tigers in the final event, floor. She needed to score a 9.775 to secure a Tiger win. Porter hit the mark and then some, scoring a 9.85 in the team’s anchor position.

Freshman phenom Helen Hu was, well, phenomenal once again. Hu took first outright in both the beam (9.975) and all-around (39.475) events, she tied for first in the bars event (9.875).

Fellow freshman Sienna Schreiber helped the winning effort on the vault, posting a team-high 9.875 in the night’s opening event. Sophomore Hannah McCrary posted a near-perfect 9.925 on the floor event, taking first place with ease.

Mizzou Head Coach Shannon Welker spoke on the well-rounded performance saying, “We had one of our best meets start to finish this season, overall I’m very pleased.”

The Tigers have two more chances to their ducks in a row and build momentum before the SEC Championship meet on March 21th. They travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, next for a matchup with the Cornhuskers on March 7th.