Updike only Missouri gymnast to advance from NCAA regional

Saturday, April 7, 2012 | 9:14 p.m. CDT

The Missouri gymnastics team failed to qualify for NCAA national competition, placing fourth Saturday at the Fayetteville Regional. However, Tigers freshman Rachel Updike advanced as an individual in the all-around competition.

UCLA won the six-team meet with a 197.225 team score, beating host Arkansas, which had a 196.825. Boise State had a 196.05, and Missouri had a 195.45.

The top-two teams from each regional and the top-two all-around competitors who are not on an advancing team make it to the national competition.

Updike finished sixth in the all-around with a 39.35, but four of the gymnasts ahead of her were from either UCLA or Arkansas. Boise State's Amy Glass advanced, in fourth at 39.45, and Updike earned the final spot.

Missouri teammate senior Mary Burke was seventh in the all-around at 39.175, missing a berth at the national meet by one spot.

The national championships are set for April 20 to 22 at Georgia Tech's Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

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