Kristina Menne Forward to be inducted into Centenary Athletics Hall of Fame
Friday, October 23, 2015

SHREVEPORT, LA – Centenary College Director of Athletics and Wellness Ronda Seagraves announced  Kristina Menne Forward (gymnastics, 2004-2007) as the newest addition to the Centenary Athletics Hall of Fame.

Forward’s accomplishments as a Ladies’ gymnast are staggering. She is still the Ladies’ record holder on bars (9.950, 2004 and 2005), beam (9.90, 2005 and 2007) and in the all-around (39.325, 2005). Her resume includes an NCAA appearance on bars in 2004, a USA Gymnastics (USAG) national championship in the all-around, and a Midwest Independent Conference (MIC) title on both floor and in the all-around. Forward is also the first Centenary gymnast to post an all-around score of 39 or better.

“I am honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I loved the countless hours I spent as a collegiate gymnast and truly enjoyed my years as a Centenary athlete,” explained Forward. “The sport of gymnastics has molded me into the individual I am today in all aspects of my life.”

Forward, who was a member of the 2004 USAG National Championship gymnastics squad inducted into the Hall of Fame as a team in 2014, will be honored October 23.

“When you think of a Centenary champion, Kristina is at the top of the list. She earned gymnastic successes at all levels, certainly meeting the high standards demanded of each Hall of Fame inductee,” said Seagraves. “Her athletic accomplishments at the conference and national levels alone would make her worthy of enshrinement. However, add in the fact that she was a National Champion, and there is no denying she holds a prominent place in the history of Centenary athletics.”

 “Congratulations Kristina and welcome to the Centenary College Athletic Hall of Fame!” added Seagraves.

Forward reached the 39-point plateau a staggering nine times in her career, a milestone only achieved three other times by Centenary gymnasts. After Forward achieved this feat a final time during her junior season in 2006, no other Centenary gymnast reached the 39-point mark until 2013 and never more than once in their career.

In 2004, Forward captured a USAG national championship in the all-around with a four-event total of 38.975, helping the Ladies claim the Team USAG National Championship by nearly a point against host Texas Woman’s University (193.500-192.600).

Individually that season, she led the MIC with her regional-qualifying score on both bars (9.865) and floor (9.900), qualifying for the NCAA Central Regional Championships on bars. Forward finished 32nd with a score of 9.700. During one stretch, she totaled at least a 39 in the all-around in 4-of-5 meets, including a 39.225 against Auburn on February 29 to help the Ladies break the record for the highest team score (195.375) in school history.

In 2005, Forward picked up right where she left off by taking the MIC title in both the all-around (39.100) and floor (9.900) and finishing third at the USAG National championships in the all-around (38.425). On January 28 against Southern Utah, Forward turned in a career performance in front of the home crowd by winning on both bars (9.95, tying the school record) and in the all-around (39.325, breaking her school record). Her final routine of the night on floor pushed the Ladies past the Thunderbirds.