Florida at Missouri
|Full Results||Florida: 197.775||Missouri: 197.650|
|VT: Amari Celestine
|UB: Leanne Wong
|BB: Trinity Thomas
|FX: Leanne Wong, Trinity Thomas, Amari Celestine, Hannah McCrary
|AA: Trinity Thomas
The Big Storyline: Missouri nearly pulled off the upset against the visiting Gators, who snagged the win in the final rotation thanks to a 49.625 on beam.
Implications: Florida retains its spot atop the SEC rankings but showed that it is not invulnerable to pressure from its conference rivals. Missouri continues its upward trajectory, moving into ninth place overall. The Gators and Tigers are now nationally ranked first and second, respectively, on beam.
Records: Despite the home loss, Missouri’s 197.625 is the highest team score in program history. It also set a new program high on floor, thanks in part to senior Hannah McCrary’s career-high 9.950 and sophomore Sienna Schrieber’s personal best 39.550 in the all-around.
Controversies: While both teams arguably benefitted from generous scoring, the judges failed to take the required deduction when Florida’s Chloi Clark went out of bounds on floor. Fans were understandably frustrated given how close the final results ended up being.
Current Rankings: No. 4 Florida at No. 11 Missouri
Why You Should Cancel Plans for It: After following up its strong season debut performance with two (comparatively) mediocre ones, Florida rebounded in a major way in week four with a 198.250 against Arkansas thanks in part to 10s from Trinity Thomas and Leanne Wong and a 9.975 from Savannah Schoenherr. Missouri has been quietly and consistently impressive in its first three meets but still has not broken out of the upper-196 range. If the Tigers continue their trend of improving week to week—and if the Gators’ performance trends more toward weeks two and three—this meet could end up being a lot closer than you might expect. In any case, Missouri has no shortage of standout routines that can challenge Florida for event titles.
What We’re Watching: Florida and Missouri are the second- and third-ranked beam teams in the country. Thomas’ perfect 10 against the Razorbacks came on beam while Sienna Schrieber has not earned below a 9.900 on the event this season. Also keep an eye out for Missouri freshman Jocelyn Moore. Her Yurchenko one and a half is outstanding; if she sticks it, she could snag a 10 of her own.
- Video Type: SECN
- Video: https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/4ec7143e-099d-4840-9582-e87e1d7231d3
- Scores: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=381910
- Live Blog: https://collegegymnews.com/2022/02/04/live-blog-no-4-florida-at-no-11-missouri/
- Live Blog Editor: Rebecca