Elbow injury keeps Missouri's Rachel Updike out of gymnastics regionals

Friday, April 4, 2014 | 8:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Head gymnastics coach Shannon Welker announced Friday that Rachel Updike — the lone Missouri regional qualifier — will not take part in Saturday's NCAA Regional meet in Fayetteville, Ark. 

An elbow injury will prevent Updike, a junior, from competing in the vault event. Due to Updike's injury, Missouri will not be represented at the meet.

Welker said Updike injured her elbow in practice this week.

"Our medical staff feels that it is not worth the risk of sending her (to the meet)," he said in a statement. Welker said the risk of re-injury was a factor in the decision.

Earlier this season, a fall in warm-ups Feb. 28 at LSU caused Updike to miss four meets with concussion-related symptoms. 

Despite the setback, Updike qualified for regionals as the nation's 23rd-ranked vaulter. She won the event in six consecutive meets from Jan. 24 to Feb. 23. 

Missouri gymnasts Rebecca Johnson, junior, and Angie Kern, freshman, qualified for regionals as alternates on the uneven bars and floor exercise, respectively. Because the gymnasts who qualified above Johnson and Kern will compete at the meet, neither Missouri gymnast will travel to Fayetteville.

Supervising editor is Wade Livingston.

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