Tigers ready to start season

Sunday, December 7, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:45 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

There is no better way to start a season than against familiar competition.

The Missouri women’s gymnastics team has a Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage at 2 p.m. today in Hearnes Center. The event is open to the public and will be the first time this season Tigers gymnasts will compete in front of judges and fans.

“We’re looking for leadership to come out,” coach Rob Drass said. “It’ll be a little bit of knocking the cobwebs out, remembering what it’s like in front of a crowd. We expect a little bit of trouble here and there.”

The preseason has been going well, with new faces in the gym bringing a new face to Tiger gymnastics, Drass said.

“We have a larger team this year and with that a little more competition in the gym,” Drass said. “I think that competition’s made everyone a little more intense. The difficulty level’s been knocked up a notch or two.”

The Tigers will look to Alisha Robinson and Lindsay Davis, All-Big 12 Conference performers, to lead them.

After being honored as an All-American her freshman year, Robinson is returning from a strong sophomore season in which she finished second in the all-around at the Big 12 championships.

Robinson’s goals for this year are simple ones.

“Staying healthy is the main one,” Robinson said. “I just want to do what I did my freshman and sophomore year, plus better.”

Davis ended her junior season on a strong note, winning the vault title and finishing fourth in the all-around at the Big 12 championships.

Davis will look to continue her success in her senior year.

“It’ll be exciting to see how we’re doing compared to every other year,” Davis said. “There’s a lot of good stuff going on in the gym and it only gets better.”

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