Edward Redler, 23 Sports

Friday, February 26–

No. 16 Mizzou gymnastics team had its highest road score since 2007 in a 197.200-196.625 loss at No. 8 Auburn on Friday night. It was the fourth best away score in program history.

Additionally, Missouri (5-8, 1-5) tied the fifth-highest vault (49.300) and beam (49.250) event scores in program history.

Auburn (6-5, 3-3) posted the fourth highest total in school history and was led Senior Catlin Atkinson, who won all-around honors for third time this season with a 39.625.

Morgan Porter was a clear standout. A week after going 49.425 in the all-around, Porter upped her career-best with a 49.450 on Friday. She now owns the second and third-highest freshman all-around scores in program history.

Sophomore Kennedi Harris and freshman Britney Ward also claimed event titles in the meet. Harris and Porter tied for the vault crown with career-best tallies of 9.900 each, while Ward also went a career-high 9.925 on beam to earn her team-leading ninth win of the season.

Missouri opened the meet on bars, where the squad tallied a 49.150. Sophomore Becca Schugel led the way with a 9.875, barely off her career-high of 9.900 on the event. Porter earned a 9.850. Auburn followed up with season-high 49.375 on bars led by Atkinson’s 9.90.

In the second rotation on vault, Missouri posted a season-best 49.300 to tie the fifth-highest score in program history. Missouri had five scores of 9.825 or higher on the apparatus paced by personal best 9.900s from Harris and Porter. Ward went 9.850 and Madeleine Huber earned 9.825, a new career-high for the freshman. Auburn posted 49.150 as a team.

Harris earned a team-best 9.875 on floor as Missouri went 48.925 on the event. Porter went 9.850 for her eighth straight meet with a score of 9.825 or higher.

It was on the floor where the Auburn took control setting season-high 49.500. Atkinson set a season high 9.950 to clinch top honors. Lexus Demers, MJ Rott and Kullen Hlawek followed up with a trio of 9.90s, which was a season-high for Hlawek.

Missouri closed the night with the 49.250 on beam to tie the fifth-best score ever on the event. Ward’s career-best 9.925 led all competitors, while Porter and Schugel each had personal-highs as well with tallies of 9.850. Additionally, Miller posted a season-best 9.825.

Missouri closes its regular season schedule on Friday, March 5 as the team hosts No. 9 Arkansas at 7 p.m. on Senior Night.