MU gymnasts end season at regionals

Saturday, April 2, 2011 | 9:47 p.m. CDT

The Missouri gymnastics team ended its season Saturday with a sixth-place finish in NCAA regional competition in Norman, Okla. Only the top two teams from each of the six Division I regionals advance to national competition.

Missouri recorded a team score of 194.175. Oklahoma took the championship at 197.350 to edge Utah which recorded a 196.450. Washington (195.300) was third, North Carolina (195.225) was fourth and New Hampshire (194.500) placed fifth.

Tigers junior Mary Burke earned a 39.175 all-around score that put her in a tie for fourth place. Sophomore Lauren Swankoski's 39.000 put her in seventh, and senior Alex Gold's 37.900 earned her 15th.

Missouri had a bye in the first rotation and started on the uneven parallel bars in the second rotation. Gold claimed a 9.550 and was followed by Swankoski, who recorded a season-high 9.800. Sandra Ostad matched her season-high with a 9.775 and Taylor Medrea recorded a 9.725. Mary Burke and Allie Heizelman closed out the rotation with 9.8s to give Missouri a team score of 48.900 on bars, the team's second-highest bars score this season.

The Tigers scored a 47.525 on the balance beam. Tori Howard led off with a 9.025, and Swankoski and freshman Cathryn Aliceaacosta followed with 9.6s. Gold scored a 8.850, Heizelman recorded a 9.500 and Burke notched a 9.800.

Missouri had another bye during the fourth rotation and headed to floor for the fifth rotation. Medrea started with a career-high 9.750. Howard followed with a 9.650 and Gold with a 9.800. Swankoski kept the momentum going for the Tigers with a 9.850 followed by a 9.750 from Burke and 9.675 score from Heizelman. Swankoski's score put her in a six-way tie for sixth place on the event, and MU posted a 48.875 as a team.

The Tigers performed on vault in the sixth and final rotation. Howard led with a 9.700 followed by Ostad and Swankoski who both earned 9.750s. Burke scored a 9.825, and Gold posted a 9.850, putting her in a five-way tie for fifth on the event. The Tigers posted a 48.875 team score on the apparatus.

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