The Hearnes Center was a little bit rosier through the eyes of gymnastics fans Friday night. The Missouri gymnastics team opened its home season with a "Pink Out" to honor breast cancer research and awareness.
Missouri won the meet 191.275-188.225 in a battle against Centenary College with solid performances from underclassmen. Although the team continued to struggle on the bars, its gymnasts' performances have improved.
"The people who had (previously) been hitting had the trouble tonight so in a lot of ways we fixed a lot of things," said head coach Rob Drass.
Senior Alisha Robinson was among the usual star performers who struggled on the bars and had what Drass called a "fluke on the beam."
After struggling in two events Robinson gave a clutch performance and took first place in the floor exercise. The late win helped capture the victory for the Tigers.
Freshman Ashley Khederian finished the meet in first place in the all-around competition.
"(She) is learning how to compete," said Drass. "Was she perfect tonight? No, but she was really solid and solid gets you a lot of wins."
The Tigers will compete again next Friday night at the Hearnes Center against Big 12 rival Nebraska.