Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers gymnastics team had their final home match of the season Friday night, and they came out ready to dominate. The Tigers posted their second highest score of the year, a 196.800, in a victory over both Lindenwood (195.200) and Southeast Missouri State (192.500). The Tigers outscored their competition in each event, and the win improved Missouri to 9-7 on the year.

The Tigers started out their dominating performance with the vaults, earning an impressive 49.175, outpacing Lindenwood’s 48.950, and far outpacing Southeast Missouri State’s 48.475. Junior Britney Ward and Sophomore Aspen Tucker led the way for Missouri, each scoring 9.875s.

Up next, the squads competed on the bars. The Tigers once again led the scoring, finishing with a 49.150, ahead of Lindenwood’s 48.750 and SEMO’s 47.675. Junior Madeleine Huber finished with an event best 9.900, and the Tigers (98.325) held a 0.625 lead over Lindenwood (97.700) and a 1.175 lead over Southeast Missouri State (97.15) halfway through the evening.

On the beam, the Tigers dominated again. Ward took home the top score of the night, a 9.950. Junior Brooke Kelly wasn’t far behind, scoring a 9.925, including a 9.950 from one of the judges. The strong performances built the Tigers lead all the way up to 1.05 over Lindenwood and 3.875 over SEMO State.

In order to lose their lead, Missouri would’ve needed to collapse during the floor rotation. They didn’t. On Senior night, it was the senior, Kennedi Harris, who received the highest score in the event for the Tigers, a 9.900. Her high score was tied by SEMO’s Alexis Brawner, the only event of the meet the Tigers didn’t have sole possession of an individual high score.

The Tigers now wait until Saturday, March 24th, for the SEC Championships to begin in St. Louis. The Tigers finished 2-5 in conference during the year.