Gymnastics Announces Three Additions for 2016-17
From left to right: Kendall Arasmith, Delia Ardoin and Olivia Hirsch
Gymnastics Announces Three Additions for 2016-17
Thursday, April 14, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. - Head gymnastics coach Jackie Fain announced the addition of a trio of gymnasts on Tuesday, April 12. The Centenary athletic family welcomes Kendall Arasmith, Delia Ardoin, and Olivia Hirsch to the Ladies gymnastic squad for the 2016-2017 season.

"I am excited to round out our incoming recruiting class with these three athletes,” said Fain. “We have two young ladies from Louisiana coming, and I am very excited to bring some talent from our home state to Centenary! The addition of these young women will help to replace the loss of our six seniors, and I am excited about the potential they each bring for our future."

 

A closer look at the three Ladies gymnastic newcomers:

 

Kendall Arasmith

Rome, Ga. / Armuchee High School

 

Arasmith joins the Centenary gymnastics team after competing for The Rome Aerials gym, coached by Matt Zollitsch and Rana Pyle. Her accomplishments include:

  • Qualified for Regionals every year
  • At the Atlanta Crown this season, placed fourth on vault, second on bars, fourth on beam, seventh on floor and third in the all-around
  • At the 2016 Courtney Kupets Pink Invitational, finished third on vault, second on bars, third on beam, fifth on floor and second in the all-around
  • Sixth on vault, fourth on bars, and seventh on beam and in the all-around at 2015 Level 10 State
  • First on beam at the Georgia State Meet for Level 9
  • Finished fifth on bars at the 2014 Level 9, Region 8 Regionals

 

Arasmith will graduate from Armuchee High School with a 4.0 GPA. At Centenary, she intends to major in biology.

Coach Fain on Arasmith: Kendall is going to come in next year ready to compete for an all-around spot. She has the skill level to be one of our best bar swingers, she is capable of a 10.0 start value on vault, and her other events fall right into line with our current team members. She has a very sweet disposition, but there is fire underneath that drives her to continue to improve. I have been extremely impressed over the last year watching how Kendall has grown and improved as a gymnast. Kendall will definitely be a force to be reckoned with as a collegiate gymnast and I am so happy I get to go along for the ride!

 

Delia Ardoin

Baton Rouge, La. / St. Joseph’s Academy

 

Delia will come to Centenary after competing for C.G. Gymnastics and head coach Stephanie Montalbano.  Her accomplishments include:

  • Placed second on beam and third on bars at Level 10 this season
  • At Level 9, was second on bars and third in the all-around at State to qualify for Regionals
  • Finished fourth at Level 9/10 Regionals and qualified for State
  • At Eastern Nationals, finished third on bars, eighth on vault and floor and sixth in the all-around
  • Received a plaque at Region 8 Congress for helping the Region 8 team win its age division
  • At Level 9 in 2014, finished third on beam and in the all-around to qualify for Regionals
  • At Level 9 Regional competition, placed third on beam and sixth in the all-around to qualify for Eastern Nationals
  • At Eastern Nationals, placed 12th in the all-around

 

At Centenary, she intends to major in biology.

Coach Fain on Ardoin: Delia fit in with our team from the first minute she walked onto campus. I am thrilled she has chosen to join us next year. Delia has a very nice line and flow when she does gymnastics: It is pleasing to the eye, which the judges like, but it also gives her the base to learn some great skills in the next few years. Delia does what we call a 'non-traditional' vault, which can mean a higher difficulty value for us. I am expecting Delia to make a run for line-up on both bars and vault next year, and will be looking for her to improve her beam and floor skills to add those events in the future. Delia's excitement about the sport of gymnastics and being at Centenary is contagious, and I can't wait for her to bring that to this team next year.

 

Olivia Hirsch

Shreveport, La. / Home Schooled

 

Olivia competes for Jill’s Gymnastics and head coaches Chris Hirsch, Lora Bridges, Marisa Isles, and Latisha Williams.

Accomplishments include:

  • First on floor at the Level 10 Louisiana State Championships

At Centenary, she intends to major in biology.

Coach Fain on Hirsch: I am finally going to have a local gymnast competing for Centenary next year! I am over the moon about Olivia deciding to become a Lady. She has a very outgoing and bubbly personality, which will bring life and energy to the gym. She is an extremely hard worker and has very high standards, which will add to our team culture. But, the best thing about Olivia is her untapped potential.  I can't wait to get her in here with her future teammates, who will help to motivate and push her to new heights.  She is a very strong floor worker, and swings pretty well on bars. She has very nice dance ability and is a powerful, quick gymnast. I expect Olivia to challenge for a spot on floor next year, and to be one of those gymnasts who will just skyrocket to the top once she gets into the collegiate gymnastics system.