Missouri gymnastics achieves highest score of season

Friday, February 21, 2014 | 10:04 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Noise in the Hearnes Center has a way of reverberating off the steeped terraces and low ceiling. On Friday night, as it is most nights, the source of much of the noise was easy to trace. Down on the floor, gymnasts cheered on their teammates, a noise that echoed high up into the bleachers.

Leading the glee for Missouri on Friday night was injured junior Katelyn Trevino, who had plenty to cheer about in Missouri’s 195.725-193.700 victory over George Washington. The total team score was the highest for the Tigers this season.

“I’m so incredibly proud,” Trevino said after the meet. “I had to fight back tears talking to (my teammates).”

Missouri started the momentum with an excellent team performance on the uneven bars. Briana Conkle, Sasha Sander, Miranda Eubank and Rebecca Johnson all set new personal bests in the event. Missouri’s score of 49.300 was its sixth highest team score ever and its highest since 2009. Johnson’s individual score of 9.900 gave her the event title, her second on the bars in two weeks.

On the floor exercise, Laura Kappler and Angie Kern broke personal records. Kern’s score of 9.875 earned her the event title, her first. The team score on the floor was 49.100, the team’s highest of the season.

“I’m really excited I put up my best round,” Kern said about her floor routine. “When I heard the audience was excited and saw my teammates jumping up and down, it just made me really happy.”

Of course, Trevino was one of those teammates jumping up and down.

“We’ve been aiming for (a team score of) 195, and tonight we blew it out of the water,” Trevino said. “I see their passion every day in practice. Tonight is what I want them to feel every night we compete.”

Missouri finishes the weekend with a meet Sunday in St. Charles, where they will take on Lindenwood University and Air Force. Trevino doesn’t plan on letting the team’s goals fall.

“We made mistakes tonight,” she said in spite of her excitement.

And the stellar scores?

“There’s more to come,” Trevino said.

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