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10 Ladies Vie for USAG Event Championships this Weekend
10 Ladies Vie for USAG Event Championships this Weekend
Monday, April 3, 2017

Top (left to right): Delia Ardoin, Cami Bea Austin, Evelyn Harris, Aspen Hattley, and Olivia Hirsch. Bottom (left to right): Navia Jordan, Taylor Le Moal, Allison Scates, Tavia Smith, and Ashley White.

 

SEATTLE, Wash. – The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team concludes the season this weekend, April 7 and 9, at the USA Gymnastics (USAG) Championships at Seattle Pacific University in Pacific, Washington. Day one on Friday is broken up into two sessions with Centenary gymnasts competing at both times. Session one is set for 2 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. in Shreveport) while session two is slated for 7 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. in Shreveport).

Seattle Pacific’s web site for USAG Nationals

Each of the 10 members will compete individually in the events in which they qualified, and the Ladies also boast two all-around representatives, junior Ashley White and sophomore Tavia Smith. While Friday is the event semifinals, the all-around is contested solely on the first day.

Freshman Cami Bea Austin competes on vault and floor, senior Allison Scates on bars and beam, sophomore Aspen Hattley and senior Taylor Le Moal on vault, freshmen Evelyn Harris on bars and Delia Ardoin on beam, and sophomore Navia Jordan and freshman Olivia Hirsch on floor. Hattley, Scates, and Hirsch will perform along with Smith and rotate with Cornell during the first semifinal.

In the second session, White and Austin will rotate with Midwest Independent Conference (MIC)-foe Lindenwood, while Le Moal, Harris, Ardoin, and Jordan will perform seventh on each event after Yale’s six gymnasts compete.

If any of the Ladies individuals finish in the top 10 of their respective events, they qualify for event finals on Sunday afternoon.

Smith finished the season with a 37.325 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). She received a season high of 37.975 at the Texas Woman’s tri-meet on February 11. She has hit a career best on all four apparatuses this season, finished in the top three in the all-around three times, and received a career high 9.650 while finishing second on vault at Alaska Anchorage March 5.

White has qualified to participate in the all-around at USAG Nationals for the third straight year. In her first two collegiate seasons, she finished as an All-American in the all-around, vault, and beam. White’s 39.200 last year in the all-around at the USAG Championships was the fourth-best mark in school history and was the best since the 2005 season.

White most recently competed in the all-around at the Champaign Regional, marking her second consecutive year appearing in NCAA postseason competition. She was the only NCAA Division III representative at any of the six regional sites. She finished 11th with a total of 38.475 this past Saturday, April 1. This season, she has won the all-around three times and on vault and bars once apiece. 

Two Ladies will make their second trip to the USAG National Championships. Scates, who qualified in 2015 in the all-around, will be performing on bars and beam. During her senior campaign, Scates took the top spot on bars twice. Her winning total of 9.875 on bars in the home-opener against Wisconsin-Oshkosh was a career best.

Scates finished the season with a 9.635 RQS on bars and 9.530 on beam.

Jordan is making her second straight appearance at the USAG Championships. Last season, she received a 9.900 on floor in the event semifinals, the first 9.900 or better in the event for Centenary since 2006, to finish All-America on the event. She also performed on beam last season.

This season, Jordan won on floor four times and was named MIC Specialist of the Week January 31. Her RQS of 9.820 on floor ranks 14th.

Austin is one of four Maroon and White gymnasts who will compete on a pair of events. For the season, she finished third on both floor and vault once, winning a title on floor at Alaska Anchorage March 3 (9.800). Her 9.750 RQS on floor ranks 33rd, while her RQS of 9.600 on vault ranks 48th.

Hattley, Le Moal, Harris, Ardoin, and Hirsch round out the single-event competitors for Centenary. Hattley did well on vault for the Ladies in Alaska, finishing third with a 9.575 in the first meet March 3. Two days later, she received a career high of 9.600. Le Moal received a season best 9.525 on vault in her last competition at the MIC Championships, while Harris took second on bars March 5 with a career best 9.725.

Ardoin received a career best 9.650 on beam in three straight meets this season (January 27-February 3), while Hirsch won on floor with a 9.750 in her first collegiate meet at the Ozone Classic January 14.