Tigers shine against Illinois

Saturday, February 12, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:44 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 7, 2008

The Tiger gymnasts performed at a higher level than they had all season. It showed in their smiles, celebrations, and record-breaking scores.

Missouri beat Illinois 196.225-193.775 in a meet that displayed the depth and talent of the team. The performances from each competitor worked together to tie Missouri's final team score record. The Tigers had been struggling to capitalize on what coach Rob Drass calls one of the most talented teams in Missouri's history.

Senior Alisha Robinson competed in three of her four regular events and gave her most dazzling performance of the year. She placed first in each individual event and shared one title, vault, with sophomore Whitney Crater. Robinson tied an MU record on the bars with a 9.95 to win the event.

Junior Lauren "Bunny" Schwartzman, a crowd favorite, also gave a sparkling performance on the beam, earning a 10.0 from one judge and a 9.95 from the other. The performance received the loudest cheering from the audience of the night

Freshman Ashley Khederian also broke a personal best record for her all-around performance score while winning the title.

Drass says it was good to see his team finally perform to this level of competition. He says it is the first time his team has performed as a top ten team during competition, while in practice they continually perform that level.

"This is the team I see in practice, this is the team I expect to see in meets," Drass said.

The Tigers travel to Oklahoma next week and will be back at Hearnes for the Cat Classic Feb. 25-26.

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