Tiger gymnastics score record-breaking day in victory

By Ben Burke, 23 Sports

Sunday, Feb. 8 –

On a day that saw nine new career bests set for the Missouri women’s gymnastics team, the Tigers defeated the Lindenwood Lions 194.550-193.675.

These careers bests lead to a Missouri domination the atop of the leaderboard for each individual event, as the top three spots of the vault, balance beam, uneven parallel bars, and floor exercise all belonged to Tigers.

Missouri started the meet strong with the vault, recording its second highest team score of the season in the event, with a score of 49.175.

Leading the Tigers in the event was senior Katelyn Trevino, who set a new career best with a 9.900. Right behind her was senior Laura Kappler and freshman Becca Schugel, who recorded a 9.875 and a 9.850, respectively.

This event was a small part of what was a terrific day for Schugel. The Minnesota native set a new personal best on the uneven parallel bars and tied for the highest score on the team on the balance beam, on her way to her first all-around title of her young career.

Lindenwood gained a little ground back on the parallel uneven bars, winning the event 48.600-48.575. This comes despite three Missouri career bests, from Schugel, freshman Shauna Miller, and senior Briana Conkle.

Miller, who took second on bars at the 2014 Junior Olympic Nationals, won the event with a score of 9.900.

The balance beam saw a four-way tie for first place, with Miller, Schugel, sophomore Alyson Heimsath, and Lindenwood’s Lauren Cartmell all receiving a score of 9.775. Heimsath’s score was good enough to tie her career best in the event, which she set last season at LSU.

Missouri finished off the meet strong with the floor exercise, winning the event with a season-high score of 49.150. Kappler, Heimsath, and freshman Kennedi Harris all closed out the Tigers’ strong performance with career best scores on the floor.

Harris, an Atlanta native, beat out Kappler and Heimsath with a score of 9.900.

After the victory, Missouri now sits at 5-3 on the season. The Tigers will be in Gainesville for their next matchup, as they will take on the Florida Gators Friday at 6 p.m.