Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Gymnastics put up a 194.125 score on Senior Night at the Hearnes Center on Friday. The meet was the final home competition for seniors Tori Howard, Sandra Ostad and Brittany Bendoff and junior Taylor Medrea. Medrea closed her home season on a high note, setting a new career high of 9.775 on the balance beam and matching her personal best on floor with a 9.800. Howard finished off the meet with a career high 9.900 score on floor as well. Mackenzie McGill also set a few career high scores at the meet including a 9.850 on bars and a 9.850 on beam.
The Tigers put up a team total of 48.625 on vault to start off the meet. Sophomore Rachel Updike took first on the event with a 9.900 score. Howard also had a good performance, putting up a 9.800 for her vault. Miranda Eubank posted a 9.750, and Laura Kappler contributed to the team total with a 9.675 score as well. Rachel Henderson led off the rotation with a 9.500 score.
McGill's career high 9.850 score led the Tigers through the bar rotation and earning her a second place finish on the event. Medrea also had a stellar bar routine, putting up a 9.775 score. Kappler scored a 9.675 on the event as well.
McGill also led the Tigers on beam with a 9.850, and Howard had a strong performance as well scoring 9.800. McGill's 9.850 score earned her second on the beam also. Medrea's 9.775 contributed to the team total as well as Cathryn Aliceaacosta's 9.750 score. Missouri's 48.800 score on beam put the Tigers at a 145.075 score through three rotations.
The Tigers had a big night on the floor, starting out the rotation with back-to-back 9.800 scores from Medrea and Aliceaacosta. Ostad only continued the string of scores as she earned a 9.825 score on floor. Howard's career-high 9.900 score earned her second place on the event as well. Eubank recorded a 9.725 on the event to contribute to the team total also.
The Tigers finished the meet with a 194.125 score to Illinois' 196.300 final tally. The Tigers will continue the season on March 16 at Arizona. Keep up with Mizzou Gymnastics by checking in to MUTigers.com, or follow the team on Twitter (@TigerGymnastics) and Facebook (Facebook.com/MizzouGymnastics).
Alabama Upends Gymnastics
BATON ROUGE, La. - In front of an LSU-record 8,574 fans, the No. 5 ranked Alabama gymnastics team put up its best score of the season to upend No. 4 LSU, which also put up its best score of the season, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Friday night, 197.725-197.500. The Crimson Tide's total is the highest road score in the nation this season.
"It was just an extraordinary night of college gymnastics," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "It was loud, it was rocking and both teams put up great performances."
Even a perfect 10 by LSU's Lloimincia Hall in the Tiger's final routine of the night wasn't enough to derail the Tide after senior Ashley Priess closed out UA's 49.350 on the balance beam with a meet-high 9.950. Priess' mark, which tied her career-best score on the beam, followed a 9.925 by junior Kim Jacob and a 9.85 from junior Diandra Milliner
"The pressure was on Ashley (Priess) just like it was at the national championships last year and she came through, like she always does in these situations," Patterson said.
The Tide got the night started with its second-highest uneven bars total of the season, a 49.350, led by Priess' winning 9.925, which tied her career-best score. Senior Ashley Sledge got things underway with a season-best 9.9 on the bars while senior Becca Alexin tied her season best of 9.85, a score matched by sophomore Kaitlyn Clark.
Sophomore Kayla Williams highlighted a season-best 49.525 team vault score with a career-best 9.975. Freshmen Carley Sims and Laruen Beers both chipped in career-best scores on the vault, going 9.875 and 9.925, respectively.
The Tide kept things rolling in the third rotation, tying its season best on the floor exercise with a 49.500, led by Jacob's 9.950, 9.9s from Milliner and junior Sarah DeMeo and 9.875s from Beers and Priess.
Friday night was also LSU's "pink" meet, raising awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Tigers generated $108,000 for its sixth-annual Etta James Meet which benefits Foundation 56's efforts to fight breast cancer in Louisiana. The Tide is now 20-0 when competing in pink, including a 3-0 mark this season.
Alabama closes out its regular season at home on March 15 against No. 2 Oklahoma. Tickets for the Tide's regular-season finale are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at RollTide.com.
Auburn Wins Third Straight
AUBURN -- No. 11 Auburn earned its third-straight meet victory on Friday in Auburn Arena with a victory over the Lindenwood Lady Lions, 196.400-190.450.
The team total score was also Auburn's seventh consecutive score of better than 196, extending its school-record streak.
Friday was Auburn's final home meet of the season; seniors Toi Garcia and Petrina Yokay, along with their families, were honored in ceremonies before the competition.
"I was very really pleased how Petrina and Toi finished off their careers here at Auburn Arena," Auburn head coach Jeff Graba said. "There's always a lot of emotion involved in Senior Night, but they finished here really well.
"Obviously, for us it's not the end of the road, and I do feel the team did a pretty good job of it. Overall, it wasn't an overly sharp night, but we did a good job and now we get to move on to the next step, which is getting on the road for a number of weeks."
Bri Guy, with a score of 39.400, was the all-around winner; Yokay tied her career best with a 39.325 all-around score.
Auburn started the evening with a solid performance on vault, earning a team score of 49.075. High scorers were Guy (9.875) and Caitlin Atkinson (9.85); seniors Garcia and Yokay each scored a 9.80 on vault. Lindenwood's vault total was 48.00.
On uneven bars, the consistent Tigers posted their third-highest score of the season, a 49.175. Yokay, Atkinson and Megan Walker each scored a 9.875. Lindenwood's team score on bars was 47.10.