Gymnastics Vaults its Way to Second Place

With the season drawing to a close, and Senior Night just around the corner, it’s heartwarming to see seniors stand up and be the leaders a team needs.  That’s exactly what Sandra Ostad did on Friday night, anchoring the Missouri Gymnastics team 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 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.

Tiptoeing over to the beam, the Tigers continued to perform at their best, with Updike nailing third on the beam with a score of 9.825, a team high.  Freshman Rachel Henderson was not to be outdone though, and posted a career high score of 9.750.  Senior Tori Howard showed why she was a senior, 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, 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.  Grable, a junior, 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 senior Sandra Ostad, who soared to a season high score of 9.800.  Fellow senior Howard followed with an indentical 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.

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