Perry in fine form for MU gymnasts

Saturday, March 8, 2008 | 9:45 p.m. CST; updated 8:30 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Missouri junior Adrianne Perry is on a roll. Her 39.375 in the all-around competition tied for first place with Illinois’ Allison Buckley. The Illinois freshman’s score was the second highest for the program, but even such an impressive score could not defeat Perry. The second highest score of the season for Perry marked the fourth consecutive week she has held at least a share of the all-around title. She has won titles at the Cat Classic, against Oklahoma and at Southeast Missouri State while defeating two top-10 gymnasts in the process.

Perry, who was also named Big 12 Conference Gymnast of the Week last week, won the vault, the uneven bars and the balance beam. She also placed fifth in the floor competition. Her strong efforts helped No. 15 Missouri narrowly defeat Illinois 195.400-195.375 on Saturday at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill.

The Tigers started slow in the first event of the meet, the uneven bars. None of the Missouri gymnasts scored higher than 9.850 and the Tigers trailed Illinois after the first rotation. However, the Tigers made up the difference with a 49.050 in the vault, tying a season high.

In addition to Perry’s top vault score of 9.900, sophomore Danielle Guider and senior Ashley Khederian had season bests. Khederian scored a 9.825 and Guider posted a 9.800 improving on her previous season high of 9.725 set at the Cat Classic.

Usually consistent sophomore Sarah Shire, who placed third in last week’s Cat Classic, struggled Saturday with a 38.475, her lowest all-around score of the season. Shire struggled in the floor exercise, normally her strongest event, and the balance beam. On the beam she scored a 9.300 while on the floor, an event she had not scored lower than a 9.825 this season, she scored a 9.675.

Alicia Hatcher, an event specialist who competes in three events for the Tigers but does not compete in the all-around, posted another round of solid scores. She had a 9.750 in the floor exercise, a 9.800 in the balance beam and a 9.825 on the uneven bars.

Sophomores Becky Scholle and Liz Straatmann also performed well for the Tigers. Scholle matched her uneven bars score at the Cat Classic with a 9.725. Straatmann, who competed in exhibition on the balance beam, scored a 9.800. Although the score did not count, it was a personal best.

Missouri has two matches left in the regular season and next week will travel to Oregon State to participate in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational featuring No. 7 Oregon State, No. 22 Boise State and Sacramento State.

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