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White Selected to Represent Ladies at NCAA Iowa City Regional
White Selected to Represent Ladies at NCAA Iowa City Regional
Monday, March 21, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – For just the fifth time in program history, the Centenary Ladies will have a gymnast compete at the NCAA regional competition. Sophomore Ashley White will compete in the all-around at the Iowa City Regional, hosted by the University of Iowa, announced on Monday by NCAA officials. White (Houston, Texas/Juergen's Gymnastics Academy) will rotate with the University of Arkansas at the meet to be held on Saturday, April 2.

 “We are very excited about Ashley getting the opportunity to compete at NCAA’s!” said head coach Jackie Fain. “She is the only Division III all-around gymnast in the country who has qualified, and is the first Centenary gymnast since we have made the transition to Division III. Ashley is a tireless worker, and a determined competitor. She has competed 28 meets in a row in the all-around, which is no easy feat.

“I am so happy for her to get the chance to show her talent and how far she has come at such a prestigious meet. Her competing at this level is an amazing accomplishment for our program and we are very proud to have her represent us,” added Fain.

White holds a regional-qualifying score (RQS) of 38.670 in the all-around, which leads NCAA Division III and bests her nearest competitor by nearly 0.7. Plus, she also leads Division III in on vault (9.705), bars (9.755) and floor (9.775). White has won on vault, floor and in the all-around twice with three titles on bars in 2016.

White garnered Midwest Independent Conference Gymnast of the Week honors on January 26 after winning the all-around with a 38.925 in a quad meet at Texas Woman’s January 24. She also won on bars with a career best 9.850. White received a career best 9.875 on floor to win the event against UIC February 8. Just five days later, she turned in a career-best performance on beam, finishing third with a 9.825.

She has upped her career-high score on every apparatus this season. Her 9.850 on vault against Lindenwood was just 0.25 away from the Ladies record on the event, as she received a 9.90 from one judge on the night. Also in the competition, White recorded a season best 38.975 on the all-around.

White joins an elite group of Centenary athletes to compete at the NCAA Regional Championships. Kristina Menne competed on bars in 2004 and in the all-around in 2005. Laura Loy participated on beam in 2008, and Jessica Lieblich received a bid to perform in all four events in 2011.