Mizzou Gymnastics Upset #10 Arkansas

Hank Noah, 23 Sports

The No. 24 Missouri Tigers hosted the No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday in the Hearnes Center in front of a large crowd. The Tigers were coming off a tough loss against #23 Auburn. Mizzou competed well against the Tigers, but they unfortunately fell short of a win, 196.625-194.875. Mizzou was prepared to avenge their loss on Friday, and they gave the favored Razorbacks some trouble.

Going into the final rotation, Mizzou held a slight lead. Senior Kennedi Harris led the Tigers on the floor, managing to finish with a 9.925. This incredible performance would help Mizzou pick up the narrow win against Arkansas, 196.325-196.150.

Mizzou beat Arkansas in nearly every event, including outmatching the Razorbacks in the vault by just 0.050. MU also won the bars and the floor. The Tigers kept it competitive on the beams as well, but the Razorbacks were too much to handle.

MU’s head coach Shannon Welker spoke on her team’s performance: “The goal this year is a little different than in years past. We’ve come out of the gates really strong the last two years and I felt like we had a little bit of a hard time maintaining that through the season. So we’re trying to pace ourselves a little bit, a little more incremental throughout the year.” (mutigers.com)

Next up for the Tigers, they will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama on the 26th for an SEC matchup against the Crimson Tide. The next meet for Arkansas will also be on the 26th as they are set to match up against the #16 Georgia Bulldogs.