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.

Beauty and the Beast Competition gets the best of Lady Tigers

While the Beauty and the Beast competition broke records in some areas for Missouri Friday night, the gymnastics team didn’t quite stick the landing.

The Tigers fell to 17th ranked Auburn in front of a record-breaking crowd of 6,486, 196.725-194.575.  This drops the Tigers to 0-3 in conference play.

Many Missouri gymnasts achieved new career highs Friday night, which went right into the books along with the new attendance record, which was recorded as the tenth highest all time attendance in Tiger gymnastics history.

Senior Tori Howard cemented her role as leader on the team, beaming ahead of the competition to take first place on the balance beam with a score of 9.900, a new personal and season high score for her.  Sophomore Rachel Updike also continued on her power roll this season, taking second place on the beam with a score of 9.875.

Other notable Tigers that stood out were freshman Miranda Eubank on the fault, who competed in her third meet this season, and put up a score of 9.600 on the vault, and junior Mackenzie McGill, who had a career high of 9.800 on the uneven bars.

Running full steam at the vault, Missouri started out strong.  Updike nailed it with a score of 9.875, and Howard continued with her leadership role with a 9.775 but the Tigers were no match for Auburn’s freshman Caitlin Atkinson, who posted a 9.9 on both the vault and the uneven bars.

Swinging over to the uneven bars, the Tigers fought back, with Updike soaring to a new career high score of 9.850.  The rest of the team didn’t post a score below 9.7, but Auburn still lead by more than a point at the end of the second rotation, 98.325-96.925.

Moving on to the floor routines, junior Cathryn Aliceaacosta came through for Missouri with a career high 9.825, while senior Sandra Ostad made her mark with a 9.850, a new personal best.  Junior Taylor Medrea anchored with a score of 9.800, but this still wasn’t enough to beat Auburn, who never let goes of its lead after the second rotation.

Missouri is home once again on Feb. 8th for a Tiger showdown against LSU at the Hearnes Center.