The Missouri women’s gymnastics team beat Southeast Missouri State and a flu bug this week.
Despite battling a team-wide flu strain, the team scored its second highest team score of the season. MU out performed SEMO 195.350-190.200. The score beat last week’s Cat Classic’s performance that bolstered the Tigers’ ranking into the top 20 according to updated national rankings.
Junior Lauren Schwartzman beat her season-high floor exercise score with a 9.95 and won the event as well as taking first on the beam. She also placed fourth on the vault.
Freshman Ashley Khederian and senior Alisha Robinson tied for first in the all-around competition. Coach Rob Drass said that Robinson is battling arthritis in her elbow and her floor exercise was changed in order to avoid unnecessary irritation.
“Alisha did a great job of putting it all together,” Drass said.
Khederian set a career-high with her performance earning on the floor with a 9.90.
“Ashley did a really great job on floor,” Drass said, “as she gets more and more comfortable playing up to the crowd it will become paramount in her scores.”
The Tigers nearly swept the uneven parallel bars, winning the first five places.
Drass said the weak spot for the team was its performance on the beam. Although Tigers took first and second place he said the team should have performed better to win the scores they needed.
The Tigers will perform next at 2 p.m. on March 13 in against Arkansas.
The away meet will be crucial to the team’s placement in the regional tournament. Although the Tigers are turning in solid scores from their home meets, Drass said a good showing this weekend could shoot their placement in the regional tournament.