Ladies Post Best Team Score in 2 Years, Tally Eight Personal Bests, to Eclipse Oshkosh
Friday, January 27, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. – When one-third of the line-up either matches or eclipses personal bests, a team has a good chance at a win.

The Ladies gymnastics team did just that, but they needed every tenth Friday night as Centenary (2-2) bested Wisconsin Oshkosh (0-6) 191.450-191.250 on the “Flip for the Cure” night for breast cancer awareness at the Gold Dome Friday, January 27.

"I was pleased with our performance tonight. We had some new faces in line-up and they did a great job," explained head coach Jackie Fain. "What I was most impressed with tonight was our mental toughness; when we had mistakes, the Ladies came back strong and did not let them affect the outcome of the meet. We are really off to a great start, but we still have plenty of room to grow. Beam was very good tonight, but we need to step it up on bars to raise our team score."

The Ladies trailed by 0.900 after two rotations thanks to a nearly 1-point edge by the Titans on bars (48.025-47.075). However, Centenary built momentum heading to the third rotation thanks to the two best routines of the night on bars. Junior Ashley White started it for the Maroon and White, as the vault champion (9.700) matched a career best on the bars with a 9.850 to move into first place. However, she was bested by senior teammate Allison Scates with a personal record of 9.875.

"Allison was very impressive tonight: She has worked so hard to come back from her season ending injury last year, and it all came together for her tonight," said Fain. "We had several freshman really perform well tonight which is great to see; Delia Ardoin, Cami Bea Austin, Kendall Arasmith and Olivia Hirsch all contributed great scores to our team total. This team will rely heavily on the freshman class as the season progresses. Another highlight for the night was Navia Jordan’s floor routine, it was flawless, along with Ashley White’s contributions on Vault, Bars and Beam."

Centenary took the lead for good on the third rotation as the Ladies did not count a fall on beam en route to a 48.300. Wisconsin-Oshkosh faltered on floor in the third rotation and received a 46.750.

After a fall to leadoff the event, freshman Delia Ardoin put the Ladies back on track with a personal best of 9.650. Three more routines in the 9.6-range followed – including a personal best 9.625 by freshman Kendall Arasmith – until White broke through with a 9.750 on beam. White ended up finishing in a tie for third on the event after the Titans scored well on the apparatus in the fourth rotation.

While Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s 48.725 on beam was better than Centenary’s 48.275 on floor in the fourth rotation, the Ladies claimed the 0.200 win. Freshman Cami Bea Austin finished third on floor with a career best 9.775. Sophomore Tavia Smith also had a career routine with a 9.625. However, it was sophomore Navia Jordan that needed a 9.700 or better on the final routine of the night. She answered the call with a 9.875 to win the event and complete the Ladies win.

The Titans made things interesting with a perfect example of score building on beam. Amanda McBrayer kicked off the event with a 9.525, while Bailey Finin followed with a 9.625. Danielle Turner went up third with a 9.750 and then Kasandra Stamopoulos with a 9.800 to finish second on the event. Baylee Tkaczuk claimed the lone-event on the night for the Titans with a 9.825 on beam.

White finished first in the all-around with a 38.625, while Smith came in second with a career-best 37.450.

"I’m encouraged by our performance in only our second meet of the season and am looking forward to more improvements on Sunday against Air Force," added Fain.

Centenary returns to action Sunday at the dome when it hosts Military and Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. First rotation is set for 1 p.m.