Kentucky Surpasses Ladies in Gold Dome
Sunday, March 16, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary gymnastics team made some last minute changes to accommodate an injury in warm-ups on Sunday, but still managed to score well. The Ladies recorded a 192.275, but fell short against the Kentucky Wildcats of the SEC, who scored a 195.975 in the Gold Dome.


Centenary’s Tara Sandoval suffered an injury while tumbling on the floor exercise prior to the meet. She was scheduled to compete for the Ladies in three of the four events, so the Maroon and White were forced to make some lineup changes. Laura Loy took Sandoval’s spot on the vault and Alyssa Zawieja replaced the injured freshman on the bars and floor.


Kentucky started off strong on the bars to take the early lead with a team effort of 49.100 behind four scores of 9.800 or better. Andrea Mitchell got the Wildcats going from the start, throwing a 9.875 as the first performer out of the gate.


Centenary scored a 48.275 on the vault in its opening event, led by senior Meredith Smith’s 9.800 on senior day. The Ladies posted a similar score on the bars, finishing with a score of 48.300. Marissa Schneider and Mandy Bennett led the squad with efforts of 9.775, but Zawieja delivered an impressive routine in place of Sandoval. The freshman notched a 9.750 despite only starting to work the bars last week.


Loy and Smith excelled on the beam led by Smith’s third place finish. She notched a 9.800 from the judges and Loy placed fourth with a 9.750. The Ladies scored a 47.700 as a team on the beam and followed that with a 48.000 on the floor, led by Whitney Daugherty’s score of 9.700.


Kentucky finished strong with a 48.950 on the beam and a 48.800 on the floor. Heather Hite landed an outstanding 9.925 on the beam for the Wildcats, while Madison Snowden recorded a 9.875 to lead the way on the floor.


Emilie Rymer won the all-around at 39.300 for Kentucky. Wildcats also claimed the second and third spots. Emily Green placed behind Rymer with a score of 39.175 and Hillary Ferguson took third with a 39.075. Schneider (38.200) and Zawieja (37.575) of Centenary finished fourth and fifth respectively.