Tiger Gymnastics Takes Second at Arkansas Quad Meet

Friday, March 2-

With the season drawing to a close, and senior night just around the corner, odds are the seniors stand up and assume leadership roles that the team needs. That’s exactly what Sandra Ostad did on Friday night, anchoring the Missouri gymnastics squad to a second place finish at the Arkansas Quad Meet with a season-high score on the vault.

The Tigers started the meet on the bars, and they came out swinging. Sophomore Rachel Updike took charge, leading the team with a score of 9.825. Fellow sophomore Laura Kappler earned a new career high mark, sticking the landing for a 9.775. Freshman Miranda Eubank also proved that she could compete with the big girls, posting a 9.800.

Arkansas led after the first rotation with a 49.225, while Missouri trailed in second place with a score of 48.875.

Over on the beam, the Tigers continued to perform at their best, with Updike nailing third on the beam behind a score of 9.825. Freshman Rachel Henderson was not to be outdone though, posting a career-high score of 9.750. Senior Tori Howard showed why she was a veteran, anchoring the team with a score of 9.725.

On the floor, Missouri tried to take the lead, but Arkansas was on fire, recording a score of 49.400 and tying the school’s fifth best score in program history.

The Razorbacks clinched the meet with the vault, showing off event-title holder Katherine Grable. She lit up the room with her fiery routine, earning a 9.95.

After that, Arkansas pulled away, and all the Tigers could do was continue to put up a solid performance to clinch second place.

Missouri ended on the vault, and was led by Ostad, who soared to a season high score of 9.800. Howard followed with an identical score, and Updike, inspired by both seniors, went on to take second in the event, with a score of 9.875.

The Tigers return home for senior night March 8 in the Hearnes Center.

-Mary Kate Burgess
Staff Writer
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