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Gymnastics Maintains No. 9 Ranking In Road To Nationals Rankings

Mizzou celebrates win over LSU.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri gymnastics team maintained its spot at No. 9 in the Road To Nationals rankings with an average score of 197.088. The Tigers are ranked among the top-10 teams in the country for the third time in four weeks, and the team’s average marks the highest through four meets in program history.

Missouri scored a 197.325 in front of a dual meet record 7,336 fans Friday night at Hearnes Center in a dramatic comeback victory over No. 3 LSU. Shannon Welker‘s squad produced eight routines over 9.9 during the meet, including five on floor, as the Tigers picked up their third consecutive home win over a top-five team.

In the event rankings, Missouri’s vault lineup jumped a spot from last week, checking in at No. 5 with a 49.331 average. The Tigers recorded their second-best vault score in program history with a 49.425 on the apparatus. The team did not count a score below 9.850 and posted a pair of 9.9s, as freshman Hannah Horton secured the event title with a career-best 9.950 and junior Jocelyn Moore scored at least 9.9 for a third consecutive meet with a 9.900.

Thanks to a 49.600 floor showing, the Tigers boosted their standing three positions to No. 6 in the event. With five 9.9 routines from Moore, Sienna Schreiber, Rayna Light, Amari Celestine and Kennedy Griffin, the score tied the team’s second-best mark ever. With the standout performance, Missouri elevated its average score by nearly half a tenth to 49.456.

The bars group also improved its position by three spots, moving up to No. 16 with a 49.194 average. Led by senior Amaya Marshall tying her career-high 9.900 and four Tigers scoring 9.875, the team posted a 49.400 to tie the second-best score in program history.

On beam, the Tigers maintained their spot among the top-20, checking in at No. 15 with a 49.106 score.

The Tigers feature three competitors — Moore, Horton and Celestine — who rank among the top 25 individually. Moore features among the top 10 on a pair of events, slotting in at No. 7 on floor (9.925) and No. 9 on vault (9.894). Horton and Celestine are both tied at No. 24 on vault with a 9.875. 


The Tigers take a one-week break from their SEC schedule, traveling to Denton, Texas, to face off against Texas Woman’s University Saturday afternoon at Kitty Magee Arena. First vault is scheduled for 6 p.m.


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