Mizzou shines despite loss to Gators

By Kevin Levine, 23 Sports

Friday, Feb. 13-

Though the Missorui Tigers gymnastics team fell to the No. 4 Florida Gators Friday night 198.225-195.975, it was the highest score for the Tigers since the 2012 Big 12 Championship.

On the bars, Mizzou tallied their second highest score of the season, a 48.925. The Tigers were lead by junior Miranda Eubank, who scored just off her season high with a score of 9.825. The Tigers also got a strong routine from senior Becca Johnson, who scored her fifth score of 9.800 or higher on the bars this season. Senior Briana Conkle and freshman Becca Schugel added nice scores with a 9.775, followed by senior Katelyn Trevino who scored a 9.750.

On the vault, Missouri scored a 48.900, with senior Laura Kappler leading the charge at 9.850, the fourth consecutive meet in which she scored a 9.800 or higher. Trevino and freshman Shauna Miller both scored 9.825, and Schugel and sophomore Angie Kern each scored a 9.700 for the Tigers.

When the Tigers took to the floor, they recorded their third team score of 49.000 or higher for the season. Kappler tied her career high that she set last week, with a 9.850, and Conkle scored her second best floor score of the year with a 9.825. Freshman Kennedi Harris pulled out a 9.800 for Missouri, the fourth consecutive week she has reached that mark. Schugel and Kern scored 9.775 and 9.750 respectively.

Missouri’s record night finished on a high note, when they took to the beam. The Tigers scored their highest beam score since March of 2013, with a 49.150. After sophomore Alyson Heimsath opened the rotation with a 9.700, freshman’s Tia Allbritten, Kelli Martin, and Miller came up huge for the Tigers. In Martin’s official Tiger debut, she posted a score of 9.850, while Allbritten set her career high and Miller tied her own personal best by matching Martin’s score of 9.850. Kappler and Schugel rounded out the event for Missouri with scores of 9.800.

The loss drops the Tigers to 5-4 overall, and 0-4 in SEC play. However, the Tigers will look to use the season high as momentum moving forward, as they return home on Feb. 20 to take on No. 9 Auburn in the Hearnes center.