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Missouri gymnastics loses to Alabama in Tuscaloosa

By Gregory Cornfield
March 9, 2012 | 11:50 p.m. CST

Missouri gymnastics had a strong performance against the 2011 national champion Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday, but they lost 197.175 – 195.375 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

All of the proceeds of the meet, which had 12,936 in attendance, are going to the relief of tornado victims in both states. Representatives from Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., joined the teams for the meet.  

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The Tigers scored 48.475 on the bars event. Mackenzie McGill started the rotation and scored 9.675. Taylor Medrea scored a 9.652, Mary Burke scored a 9.775, Brittani Price scored a 9.6 and Allie Heizelman finished with a 9.8. 

On the vault event, Mizzou scored a 48.825, but the Crimson Tide still led 98.675-97.3. Rachel Updike led the rotation with a 9.85. Katelyn Trevino scored 9.825, Burke scored a 9.8, and Tori Howard and Rebecca Johnson both scored 9.675.

On the floor the Tigers scored a 49.025, but Alabama still led 148 – 146.325. Medrea led off with a 9.7 on the floor spot rotation. Updike scored a 9.9 , and Howard scored a 9.85. Trevino scored a 9.75, and Heizelman followed with a 9.725.

The last event was on the beam where the Tigers scored a 49.075. Laura Kappler began with a 9.725. Medrea scored a 9.75, Updike scored a 9.85, Howard scored a 9.8, and Burke finished with a 9.875.

The Tigers are home for their next meet against No. 8 Arkansas on senior night at 6:30 p.m. on March 16.