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Gymnastics Jumps Three Spots To No. 9 In Road To Nationals Rankings

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — After posting the eighth-highest score in program history on Saturday, the University of Missouri gymnastics team re-entered the top 10 of the Road To Nationals rankings, jumping three spots into the No. 9 position. Additionally, the Tigers rank among the top 10 teams in the country on three events.

The squad led by head coach Shannon Welker posted a 197.400 on the road against No. 20 Georgia and featured several standout performers. The Tigers posted eight 9.9 routines across the afternoon, highlighted by senior Mara Titarsolej setting a program record on bars with a 9.975 and graduate student Sienna Schreiber tying her career high on beam by wowing the judges with a 9.975 to win the event title. Junior Jocelyn Moore earned a 9.950 on vault to claim her second vault title in as many weeks.

Missouri’s highest-ranked event is vault, which maintains its No. 6 spot from last week with a 49.300 average. The Tigers’ average score jumped after a 49.325 performance in Athens, which featured season-best outings from Moore and junior Amari Celestine. On beam, Missouri jumped 10 spots from one week ago into the No. 9 position with an average of 49.175 following a season-best 49.400 outing on Saturday.

The floor group retained its position in the top 10 following a ninth consecutive meet with at least 49.3, as the Tigers enter Week 4 at No. 9 in the standings with a 49.408 score. Three Tigers — Schreiber, Moore and freshman Kennedy Griffin — each posted 9.9s on the apparatus. With Titarsolej’s program record and five other scores of at least 9.8, Missouri’s 49.250 tally on bars helped the Tigers’ season clip increase to 49.125 and moved the team up three spots to No. 19.

The Tigers feature three competitors — Moore, Schreiber and Celestine — who rank among the top 20 individually on three different events. 

Schreiber, a Cumming, Georgia native, is tied for third in the country (first in the SEC) on beam with a season average of 9.950 while tying at No. 19 in the all-around with a 39.475 score. Moore, a Hillsborough, New Jersey product, ranks among the top 15 on both vault (No. 10, 9.892) and floor (No. 11, 9.925). Celestine rounds out the ranked Tigers at the No. 15 spot on vault with a 9.883 average.


After a pair of SEC road meets, the Tigers return to Hearnes Center, Friday, Jan. 26 for their SEC home opener against No. 3 LSU. 

Fans can receive Greek Night swag, as the first 500 fans through the gate will receive a Greek Night-themed t-shirt. Fans can also grab a collectible class poster of our stupendous sophomore class.

First touch is set for 7:30 p.m. CT, and the competition will be broadcast on SEC Network Friday Night Heights.


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