White Bests Field in All-Around, Solid Beam Score Lifts Ladies Past Air Force
Sophomore Ashley White claims the win on bars and the all-around.
White Bests Field in All-Around, Solid Beam Score Lifts Ladies Past Air Force
Sunday, January 24, 2016

DENTON, Texas – Coming off a tough third rotation, the Maroon and White knew it was in for a battle, sitting tied with the Falcons. However, the Ladies responded with easily the best beam set of the afternoon as Centenary (190.525) knocked off Air Force (190.500) to finish third at the Texas Woman’s gymnastics quad Sunday afternoon, January 24.

Southeast Missouri State claimed the top spot with a 191.900. The host Pioneers claimed runner-up honors, finishing with a 191.600 score.

With the Ladies needing a boost in the third rotation on bars, sophomore Ashley White stepped up to the springboard. She turned in a career best on the apparatus, finishing with a 9.850 to win the event. Also with season bests on both beam (9.625) and vault (9.700), and a solid 9.750 on floor, White bested the field to claim the all-around title with a 38.925 total.

White also claimed third on both vault and floor on the afternoon.

Freshman Navia Jordan continues her solid season, recording new career bests in every event she competed in for her third-straight competition to begin her collegiate career. After beginning the day in the first rotation on floor with a 9.725, where she eventually finished fourth, Jordan showed no signs of rust on beam after two rotations off.  Competing fourth on beam, Jordan finished with a 9.775 to finish second in the meet by just 0.25 to Sarah Neumann of Air Force.

Centenary finished beam with a 48.275, more than six tenths better than Air Force (47.650) on the event. The Maroon and White also placed second overall on floor with a 47.825 total, just 0.050 behind Southeast Missouri State.

Freshman Aspen Hattley also turned in her third-straight career best on vault, finishing the event with a 9.600, finishing eighth on the event. Senior Kellie Slater finished seventh on floor (9.575) while she and classmate Megan Desjardins took eighth on beam (9.675).

With a pair of meets higher than 190 this weekend, Centenary takes over the top spot in season average score among NCAA Division III teams.

The Ladies travel to Pennsylvania for a pair of meets next weekend. Centenary battles host West Chester, Ursinus College and Temple for a quad meet Friday at 5 p.m. CST (6 p.m. local).