Mon. Oct 2nd, 2023

Missouri gymnastics is bound for the NCAA semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas.
No. 11 Missouri edged No. 14 UCLA for second place in the Raleigh Regional Final on Saturday at North Carolina State University to advance along with No. 3 Michigan.
Michigan won the regional final with a team score of 197.800. Missouri finished as runner-up with a 197.425, sweating out the final routine in the floor rotation to barely surpass UCLA’s 197.400. Iowa rounded out the competition with a 197.075.
Missouri posted a 49.125 on vault, 49.375 on bars, 49.350 on beam and 49.575 on floor.
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Amari Celestine led the Tigers on vault with a 9.875; Helen Hu and Alisa Sheremeta paced Missouri by scoring 9.900 on bars; Sienna Schreiber led MU with a 9.950 on beam; and Jocelyn Moore paced the team with a 9.950 on floor.
As the last gymnast of the competition, Celestine needed a 9.925 on floor for Missouri to edge UCLA. After both teams awaited her result, that’s exactly what she was awarded, prompting jubilation among the Tigers and their fans who traveled to North Carolina.
The Tigers will compete in the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 2010. 
The semifinals, split into two four-team competitions, are scheduled for April 14 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth and will be televised on ESPN2. Oklahoma, Minnesota, Utah and Alabama will be in Semifinal I at noon that day, while Florida, Auburn, Michigan and Missouri are slated to appear in Semifinal II at 5 p.m. 
The top two teams will advance from each semifinal to the national championship at the same site April 16 on ABC.


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