No. 22 Missouri gymnastics scores 196.1 in SEC championships, assigned to NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional

Four Tigers received All-SEC honors for their routines.
Missouri gymnast Brooke Kelly performs her routine on the bars during the State of Missouri Meet on Feb. 5, 2016 in Hearnes Center.

No. 22 Missouri gymnastics placed seventh at the Southeastern Conference championships on March 24 with a score of 196.1 points at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.

Mizzou posted 10 scores of at least 9.8, with the high point coming from junior Britney Ward’s 9.9 on beam, earning Ward All-SEC honors. Senior Shauna Miller and sophomores Morgan Porter and Aspen Tucker also received All-SEC honors for their routines on bars.

“l was pleased,” head coach Shannon Welker said in a press release. “I thought we were steady all night, not too high, not too low. I thought we started strong on floor and we kept a pretty steady flow all night. I think we're getting better and they continue to progress, so I feel like our ceiling has not been met yet. I'm excited to play out the rest of the postseason.”

Less than 2 points separated No. 2 LSU, who won the team competition with a score of 197.4, and No. 16 Auburn, who finished last, so Mizzou can take pride in its performance on the night.

Following the SEC championship meet, it was announced that Mizzou had qualified for the NCAA Regional for the fourth year in succession, and the 28th time in program history. The Tigers were assigned to the Tuscaloosa Regional as a No. 4 seed and will face off against Alabama, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia and Central Michigan. The meet will take place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Saturday at 4 p.m.

_Edited by Kaitlyn Hoevelmann | khoevelmann@themaneater.com

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