UGA Finishes Fourth at Metroplex Challenge
FORT WORTH, TEXAS-----The ninth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team placed fourth with a 196.775 in the Metroplex Challenge Saturday night at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
No. 2 Oklahoma won the meet with a 197.275, followed by No. 7 LSU (197.100), No. 16 Oregon State (196.825), Georgia (196.775) and Washington (194.875).
Chelsea Davis, competing in her home state, tied for first on bars with a 9.95 and Brittany Rogers scored career-highs on three events to lead the Gym Dogs (4-4). Rogers tied for first with a 9.9 on vault.
"Did we want to come out in fourth? No, but I thought we did a great job," said UGA coach Danna Durante. "It was a good road score In front of a big crowd. There are definitely things we need to work on, but we had a good meet. It was also great for Christa, Chelsea and Kati (Breazeal) to compete here in the state of Texas."
Georgia opened with a 49.075 on beam led by three 9.825s by Shayla Worley, Kaylan Earls and Rogers. LSU led after the first rotation with a 49.45 on bars, while Oklahoma scored a 49.225 on vault.
The Gym Dogs turned in another 49.075 in the second rotation on floor. Christa Tanella scored a career-high 9.9, while Worley added a 9.875 in the anchor.
Georgia posted a 49.2 on vault in the third rotation. Rogers tied her season-high with a 9.9, and Brandie Jay closed the rotation with a 9.875. The Gym Dogs went to the bye after vault with a 147.35 total.
UGA closed the meet with its highest score of the night – a 49.425 on bars. Davis tied her career high in the anchor, while Lindsey Cheek added a 9.875. It was the first meet this season in which Georgia posted a 49.0 or higher in all four events.
Georgia will return home to face Alabama Saturday at 4 p.m. The meet will serve as the annual Alumni Day, and numerous former Gym Dogs will be recognized prior to the meet.
Missouri Takes Third at Air Force Quad Meet
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Sophomore Rachel Updike earned her first event titles of the season on Sunday as Missouri Gymnastics placed third in the Air Force Quad Meet. The Tigers finished with a team score of 193.000. UC Davis took the meet with a 193.325, followed by Air Force who scored 193.225. TWU finished fourth with a 191.400 score. Updike recorded a 9.850 score on her beam routine to take the event title, she also placed first on the uneven bars with a 9.825 score.
With four teams competing in the meet, Missouri started the day on the floor exercise. Freshman Miranda Eubank competed on the floor for the first time in her career, anchoring the lineup with a 9.625 score. Junior Taylor Medrea kicked things off on the event with a 9.625 score on her routine. Cathryn Aliceaacosta followed her, scoring a 9.450 for her performance. Sandra Ostad also contributed to the team total with a 9.600 on her routine. The Tigers put up a 47.375 on the floor in the first rotation.
Moving back to the top of the Olympic order, Mizzou continued on to the vault where the team posted a 48.675 score. Sophomore Laura Kappler scored a career-high 9.650 as the first competitor for the Tigers. Ostad went next in the lineup, scoring a 9.725 on the event. Eubank and Howard posted scores of 9.725 on the event as well. The score stands as a new career-high for Eubank, who previously set her personal best of 9.675 at Florida. Updike closed out the rotation with a 9.850 score on vault, the mark earned her second place on the event as well.
Updike continued her winning ways, grabbing the uneven bars title at the meet with a 9.825 score. Eubank took second on the event with a career-high 9.775 on her bar routine. Ostad led off the rotation with a 9.60 score on the bars, and Kappler put up a 9.675. Junior Mackenzie McGill scored a 9.650 on the event, and Medrea rounded out the lineup with a 9.675 score. The Tigers finished the third rotation with a team score of 48.600 on the uneven bars, going into the final rotation with a team total of 144.750
Finishing the meet on the balance beam, the Tigers earned a team score of 48.250 on the event for an all-around total of 193.400. Updike earned her second event title of the night with a 9.850 on the balance beam, and Howard tied for second with a 9.825. Kappler retained her lead-off spot in the lineup at the meet, putting up a 9.725 to start the Tigers on the right foot. Aliceaacosta contributed a 9.700 to the team total, and freshman Rachel Henderson put up a 9.150 in her second-career beam routine.
Missouri will return to Columbia on Feb. 1 for the annual Beauty and the Beast meet. Mizzou gymnastics will host the Auburn Tigers, while the Mizzou Wrestling team will host Oklahoma State. The two teams will compete simultaneously on the floor for a unique, fast-paced experience. Keep checking in to MUTigers.com for more up-to-date information on your Mizzou Gymnastics team. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics) and Facebook (facebook.com/MizzouGymnastics).
LSU Posts Season Best
FORT WORTH, Texas - For the first time since the 2010 season the LSU gymnastics team eclipsed the 197 mark in a meet as the Tigers finished second at the Metroplex Challenge with a 197.100 Saturday night in the Fort Worth Convention Center.
No. 2 Oklahoma won the meet with a 197.275, while No. 7 LSU was second at 197.100, No. 16 Oregon State was third at 196.825, No. 9 Georgia was fourth at 196.775 and Washington finished last at 194.875.
For LSU (5-2), the 197.100 marked the Tigers' first team total of 197 or higher since March 12, 2010 when LSU defeated Iowa 197.150-195.400 in Baton Rouge.
"We talked to the kids about taking the 'tense' out of intensity and just going out and having a great night tonight, and they did that," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "We got a little tight on beam that ultimately cost us first place, but when you compete against and beat some great teams like we did tonight and you finish with a 197, it is something we can build upon. We look forward to going in to practice this week and getting better."
LSU posted scores of 49.500 on vault, 49.450 on bars, 48.750 on beam and 49.400 on floor to finish with the 197.100.
The 49.500 on vault is LSU's highest team total in the event since the Tigers scored a 49.625 at the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge on April 12, 2008. The 49.450 on bars is the team's best score in the event since Feb. 20, 2009 when the Tigers scored a 49.500 in a home tri-meet against North Carolina and Illinois-Chicago.
Individually, Rheagan Courville tied with Oklahoma's Taylor Spears for the all-around title with a 39.450. She also tied for the bars title with Georgia's Chelsea Davis as Courville set a career-high with a 9.95.
Sarie Morrison captured her second vault title of the season with a career-high tying 9.925, while Courville, Randi Lau and Maliah Mathis all tied for second with a 9.90. Courville, Mathis and Jessica Savona placed second on floor with 9.90's.
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