Missouri gymnastics secures wins final regular season meet on senior night

Friday’s meet was highlighted by senior night celebrations and high-scoring routines from the Tigers.
Junior Madeleine Huber lands after a bar routine during the Mardi Gras Invitational in St. Charles, Missouri, on Feb. 16, 2018.

Scoring 196.800 points, No. 21 Missouri gymnastics dominated Hearnes Center with wins over Lindenwood and Southeast Missouri on Friday.

It was a bittersweet day for the Tigers as they honored their senior stars before the final regular season meet began, but emotions did not affect the team’s performance.

Missouri lit up the arena, starting on vault in the first rotation. Redshirt sophomore Morgan Porter earned her season’s top score on vault with a 9.850. She continues to improve after tearing her Achilles tendon last year. Junior Britney Ward and sophomore Aspen Tucker both scored 9.875 to add to the final score of 49.175.

Junior Madeleine Huber secured the top score on bars, performing a near-flawless routine that earned her a 9.900. Excitement filled the arena and continued as senior Shauna Miller stepped up to the bars and scored a 9.800.

On beam, the Tigers controlled their every move, earning a high score of 49.275. Senior Tia Allbritten scored a 9.875 and junior Brooke Kelly added a 9.925.

In the final event, senior Kennedi Harris scored a 9.900 on her floor routine. She took home the floor victory, as she has done many times throughout her Missouri gymnastics career.

The Tigers’ win topped off an emotional day for the team. Seniors were surrounded by their teammates showing the love and dedication they have for one another. Head coach Shannon Welker joined the celebration, saying senior night was a success.

"I thought we did a nice job tonight, I was excited for them,” Welker said in a press release. “I think senior night can always be a little bit emotional, and I thought they did a real nice job; every event was good.”

Next up, the Tigers will compete in the SEC Gymnastics Championship on Saturday at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis. Session I will begin at 2 p.m. on SEC Network, and Session II is at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

Edited by Bennett Durando | bdurando@themaneater.com

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