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Missouri gymnast Rachel Updike advances to regionals on vault, beam

Monday, March 25, 2013 | 8:01 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Sophomore Missouri gymnast Rachel Updike will compete individually on the balance beam and the vault in the 2013 NCAA Regional Championship meet on April 6 in Norman, Okla.

As a team, the Tigers ended their season with a season-high score of 195.525 at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Championships last Saturday in Little Rock, Ark. The score earned them a seventh-place finish out of eight teams overall. Florida won the meet with a score of 198.000.

2013 SEC Championships

Final Team Standings: 1. Florida 198.000; 2. Alabama 197.900; 3. LSU 197.700; 4. Georgia 197.325; 5. Auburn 196.550; 6. Arkansas 196.400; 7. Missouri 195.525; 8. Kentucky 194.600.

All-Around Champion: Bridget Sloan, UF and Rheagan Courville, LS (39.750)

Vault Champion: Rheagan Courville, LS (10.0)

Bars Champions: Bridget Sloan, UF and Brittany Rogers, UG (9.950)

Beam Champions: Brittany Rogers, UG; Shayla Worley, UG and Rheagan Courville, LS (9.950)

Floor Exercise Champion: Diandra Milliner, UA; Bridget Sloan, UF; Kytra Hunter, UF; Jessica Savona, LS; Lloimincia Hall, LS (9.950)



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Updike's qualifying makes this Tigers coach Rob Drass' 14th consecutive season with at least one Missouri gymnast advancing to a regional meet. Missouri has advanced 12 times as a team under Drass, and four individuals have advanced under his direction.

Oklahoma, Penn State, Stanford, Washington, Iowa and Southern Utah will join Updike at the regional meet as teams. Illinois State's Samantha King and Kim Genereux, Southeast Missouri State's Taryn Vanderpool, Illinois-Chicago's Catherine Dion and Chantel Turk and Texas Women's Courtney Cochefski and Kristin Edwards will also compete individually at the meet.

The top two teams, the top two all-around competitors and each event winner will advance to the 2013 NCAA National Championship on April 19-21 in Los Angeles, Calif.


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