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Polar Bear Plunge 2009

Newly engaged couple Scott Drochelman and Cassie Shields pull themselves up out of the water at Stephens Lake during the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday. It was the second year the couple participated together. "Adrenaline kicks in and it doesn't feel that cold," Drochelman said.

Polar Bear Plunge style

From left, Wade Roberts, Erynn Hesler and Lauren Mattson wait for the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge to start. Teams were encouraged to wear themed costumes, such as State Farm Insurance's "Down on the Farm" theme.

Gymnastic team takes the plunge

Members of the MU gymnastics team hurry out of the water at Stephens Lake on Saturday after participating in the Polar Bear Plunge to raise funds for Special Olympics Missouri.

Making the big plunge

Participants of the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge were greeted by frigid 33-degree water in Stephens Lake. The event raised money for Special Olympics Missouri, and all $32,000 stays in central Missouri to fund athletes and events.

Get ready, get set ... plunge!

Participants in the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge wait for the signal to enter the 33-degree water at Stephens Lake on Saturday. More than $32,000 was raised by the 285 "plungers."

Soaring above the rest

MU forward Keith Ramsey goes up for a dunk in the second half. Ramsey lead the team in blocked shots with three, all of which brought booming roars from the fans in Mizzou Arena.

Fight for the ball

Junior J.T. Tiller battles Nebraska's Sek Henry for possession early in the first half on Saturday against Nebraska. The Tigers won, 70-47.

Running the floor

Mizzou coach Mike Anderson shouts instructions to his players during the game.

Loving that block

From left, assistant coach Melvin Watkins and players Mike Anderson Jr., Kim English, Keith Ramsey and Justin Safford jump up and cheer as a Cornhusker's shot is blocked.

Battle for the ball

Baylor guard Kelli Griffin, right, and Missouri guard Raeshara Brown (23) battle for a rebound during the first half of the women's basketball game Saturday in Waco, Texas. Looking on are Baylor's Rachel Allison (14) and Missouri's Shakara Jones (44).

Satisfied fans

MU sophomore Tyler Collins, left, and freshman Michael Langenberg celebrate the Tigers' efforts in the second half. With the victory over Nebraska, Mizzou improves its overall record to 22-4, 9-2 in conference play.

Cheering them on

Matt Lawrence and Zaire Taylor attempt to keep spirits high during the game against Nebraska. Lawrence, along with DeMarre Carroll, scored a team high 13 points in the win against the Cornhuskers.

Tiger attack

Nebraska's Sek Henry is surrounded by MU defenders Justin Safford, Steve Moore and Michael Anderson Jr. With solid defense and strong offense, the Tigers went on to win the game 70-47.

A sure two points

The Tigers' Laurence Bowers dunks against the Cornhuskers.

Safford shoots

MU forward Justin Safford attempts a shot in the paint over Nebraska's Paul Velander.

Beauty and the Beast

MU gymnast Alicia Hatcher performs her floor routine during the third annual Beauty and the Beast at the Hearnes Center on February 13, 2009. Hatcher competed while MU wrestler Raymond Jordan competed against Central Michigan wrestler Mike Miller.

MU Gymnastics Figueroa

John Figueroa, Associate Head Coach, congratulates Danielle Guider, MU junior, after her performance at the floor during the Missouri vs Illinois gymnastics event at the Hearnes Center on February 13, 2009. Missouri won the competition with a score of 196.625 against 195.

MU Gymnastics Hatcher

Alicia Hatcher, an MU senior, performs on the uneven bars during the Beauty and the Beast event at Hearnes Center.

RB Basketball Dressler

Rock Bridge senior Jordan Dressler fights through Kansas City Central senior Brandon Pritre on Friday night at Rock Bridge High School. Dressler was nominated to the McDonald's High School All-American team prior to tipoff. Rock Bridge defeated Kansas City Central 78-42.

RB Basketball Rudd

Rock Bridge senior Briton Rudd drives past Kansas City Central senior Mikel Spearman on Friday night at Rock Bridge High School. Rock Bridge closed out their last regular season home game decisively with a 78-42 win.
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