Gymnastics Lands Four Transfers For The 2025 Season

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri gymnastics signed four transfers ahead of the 2025 season, head coach Shannon Welker announced on Monday, June 17. The Tigers welcome Lauren Macpherson, Abby Mueller, Elise Tisler and Amy Weir to Columbia.

Lauren Macpherson | Gilbert, Ariz. | USA Illusions | San Jose State

Lauren Macpherson joins the Tigers after competing for San Jose State for the previous four years. Throughout her time in San Jose, she earned seven first-team conference honors and three second-team. The Gilbert, Arizona native qualified twice for NCAA Regionals and was the 2023 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Gymnast of the Year in the conference’s final season.

Earning Mountain West Beam Specialist of the Year, Macpherson participated in 15 meets during the 2024 season and totaled 39 scores of 9.800 or better as an all-arounder. Furthermore, she tied for first in the Mountain West with a 9.895 NQS on beam and finished the season scoring 39.425 in all-around at the California Regional II Session II, tying the sixth-best score in school history.

Prior to college, Macpherson competed for USA Illusions under coaches Hollie Vise Naddour, Alex Nassour, Charles Payne and Danielle Greenberg. The 2019 Arizona Vault Champion also placed second on bars and third on beam that year.

Coach Welker on Macpherson

“One thing Tiger fans will notice about Lauren is that she loves to compete! She brings a wealth of competitive experience and a desire to compete amongst the best in the NCAA. We are excited for her to join Tiger Nation!”

Abby Mueller | Rochester, Minn. | Classic Gymnastics | Illinois

The Tigers are adding Abby Mueller to the 2025 roster, a graduate transfer from the University of Illinois. As an Illini, Mueller competed in all-around in every meet during the 2024 season and produced the most points in the Big Ten Conference. Mueller won two individual events and one all-around title in the 2024 season. Additionally, she totaled 31 scores of 9.8 or higher and earned a career-high 9.950 on floor against Nebraska on Jan. 20.

Prior to her time at Illinois, Mueller competed for Classic Gymnastics, where she became the 2019 Minnesota State Bars Champion, placed second on floor and third in all-around at the state meet. Moreover, she earned fifth on beam, seventh on floor and all-around at the 2019 Junior Olympic Nationals.

Coach Welker on Mueller

“Abby has a fun personality and loves gymnastics. We are thrilled to have someone that has successfully competed in some big moments join us. Abby will be a great addition to our team.”

Elise Tisler | Fairfax Station, Va. | Capital Gymnastics NTC | Towson

Making her way to Columbia, Missouri, from the east coast, Elise Tisler signs with Mizzou after three seasons at Towson. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Tisler was named the 2024 East Atlantic Gymnastic League (EAGL) Specialist of the Year and won the vault championship at the conference meet. For her efforts, she was named First Team All-EAGL on vault and floor and became a WCGA Second Team All-American on vault.

Coach Welker on Tisler

“We immediately sensed Elise’s positivity and grounded personality. Her love for gymnastics and desire to keep improving will certainly fit in well with our culture.”

Amy Weir | Wildwood, Mo. | GymQuarters Gymnastics Center | Oklahoma

Wildwood, Missouri native, Amy Weir comes home to Missouri after three seasons at Oklahoma. Selected as a 2023 WCGA Academic All-American and was a part of two NCAA Championship teams with the Sooners in 2022 & 2023.

Weir competed out of GymQuarters Gymnastics during her prep years, finishing second on beam, fifth on vault and seventh in all-around at 2019 regionals.

Coach Welker on Weir

“We are so thrilled to bring Amy back to her home state. She has so much ability, especially on beam, to shine this season. Her family has a long history of being Missouri Tigers, and now she will join those ranks!”


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