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Missouri gymnasts compete against each other for floor lineup spot

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 8:23 p.m. CST; updated 9:06 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Missouri freshman Blair Elmore performs her beam routine Feb. 22 at the Hearnes Center.

COLUMBIA — For freshman Missouri gymnast Blair Elmore, the floor is a favorite event.

So it worked out perfectly when she got to compete in the floor lineup for the first time last Friday at the Arkansas Quad Meet, scoring a 9.175.

Except for one little thing — this meant that sophomore Laura Kappler, who has been performing all-around for the Tigers, would be bumped from the floor lineup.

"It's kinda weird," Elmore said about competing with her own teammates.

Kappler and Elmore both warmed up for the floor at the Arkansas meet, but Tigers coach Rob Drass decided to let Elmore give it a shot, Drass said.

"She and Laura will battle it out," he said regarding the rest of the season.

While Elmore hopes to continue gaining experience in the floor lineup, she'll be a team player either way, she said.

"I want her (Kappler) to do her best," she said. "I'll be cheering for her."

Kappler feels the same way. "I love being able to run up to my teammates and give them the hardest high-five," she said.

At Missouri's Feb. 22 meet against Georgia, the last meet that Kappler performed all-around, she scored a 7.850 on her floor routine. Drass said that because the floor rotation came last for the Tigers, Kappler might have been "running out of gas."

Kappler trusts whoever Drass decides to put in the floor lineup, noting that since a good floor routine was all the team needed last meet, it's really for the best.

So are there any hard feelings about being bumped from the all-around lineup?

"Heck no!" Kappler said with an emphatic head shake.


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