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Missouri gymnast Rachel Updike competes at NCAA National Championship

Friday, April 20, 2012 | 11:00 p.m. CDT
Rachel Updike pauses during her second place floor performance at the gymnastics meet against Oklahoma on Feb. 17 at Hearnes Center. Updike scored a 9.900, tying with her teammate Katelyn Trevino.

Missouri gymnast Rachel Updike capped off her freshman season by competing at the NCAA National Championship on Friday in Duluth, Ga. 

Updike finished with an all-around score of 39.275. She scored a 9.650 on uneven bars, 9.875 on balance beam, 9.875 on floor routine and 9.875 on vault.

Updike tied for fourth place on floor, and her score qualified her First Team All-America honors and for the finals in that event, which will take place on Sunday. She placed in a tie for 13th on vault, 40th on bars and tied for 16th on balance beam.

Individual event finals will begin at noon on Sunday and will be live on espn3.com.

“We are really proud of Rachel,” head coach Rob Drass said in a press release from the athletic department. “She did a great job tonight. It is an incredible achievement to earn All-America honors as a freshman. We are grateful for the opportunity to extend the season even more and extremely excited to compete for a national championship on floor.”

Updike is the eight gymnast in Missouri history to qualify for the national competition and the only Tiger on this year's team to make the trip. She was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and was named to the All-Big 12 vault and floor teams. 


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