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Burke, Spears and Updike Tabbed Gymnasts of the Week
January 17, 2012
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Mary Burke (Missouri), Taylor Spears (Oklahoma) and Rachel Updike (Missouri) were chosen as the Big 12 Gymnasts of the Week for competition Jan. 13-15. Burke picked up her sixth weekly honor as she earns Big 12 Gymnast of the Week. Spears was named the Event Specialist of the Week, while Updike received Newcomer of the Week accolades for the second-straight week. It is the first time Missouri has won Newcomer of the Week honors in consecutive weeks.

BIG 12 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK

Mary Burke, Missouri, Sr., Inverness, Ill.
Matching her career-high floor score and setting season high scores in three events, Burke captured her first all-around title of the season against Southern Utah on Friday. The senior put up a 39.175 all-around mark to lead the Tigers to a 195.525-193.300 team victory. Burke claimed the title in bars after recording a 9.875, and placed second on vault and beam after posting a 9.850 on both apparatuses.

BIG 12 EVENT SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, So., Plano, Texas
Spears hit a career-high 9.875 on vault, helping the Sooners claim the vault title by one-tenth of a point (48.950-48.850) over No. 7 Oregon State. The sophomore earned first place honors in the event and also posted season-highs on bars (9.825) and beam (9.875).

BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr., Olathe, Kan.
Updike received her second-straight Newcomer of the Week award after placing first on vault and taking second on beam against Southern Utah. She recording a 9.875 on vault Friday, and now ranks 14th in the nation on the apparatus. Updike earned a 9.850 on beam along with a 9.650 on floor to help Mizzou to its second-straight team title this season.

Date Gymnast of the Week Event Specialist of the Week Newcomer of the Week
Jan. 10 Michelle Browning, Iowa State, Sr. Brie Olson, Oklahoma, Jr. Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.
Jan. 17 Mary Burke, Missouri, Sr. Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, So. Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.

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