Mizzou Gymnastics Falls Despite Multiple Career Nights

Blair Cooley brings you all the highlights from Missouri gymnastics’ meet against the 8th ranked Tigers of LSU.

Friday, Feb. 8-

The Missouri gymnastics team came out Friday night hoping to take down the No. 8 LSU Tigers and get its first SEC win of the season. Unfortunately the Tigers in purple and gold scored a 197.275, beating the host Tigers, who tallied a 194.575 for the second consecutive week.

The final result doesn’t tell the whole story though, as several of the Missouri gymnasts set new career highs.

Starting off the night on the vault was freshman Miranda Eubank who set a new record of 9.750 for herself. Eubank was not the only Tiger to set a new career high on vault. Senior Tori Howard earned a 9.850. Mizzou finished with a team total of 48.675 in the event.

The Tigers were sticking their landings when they hit the bars. The team finished with a 48.750, with minimal mistakes. Eubank notched another career high behind a 9.800.

Rachel Updike, a constant force for the Tigers, took control on the beam. She finished with a 9.900, and took first place in the event.

Missouri was consistent on the floor as usual, receiving a team score of 48.450. Howard led the Tigers with a season-high of 9.875, followed by Sandra Ostad’s 9.825.

Friday night was also a night of firsts for sophomore Laura Kappler, who competed for the first time in here career in the all-around competition. She finished the night with a total of 38.175.

The Tigers will continue to try to find their first conference victory as they travel to Kentucky to take on the Wildcats. The meet takes place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21.

-Avery Franklin
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Staff Writer