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Ladies Rebound in Session Two by Making History
Sophomore Ashley White finishes First Team All-American in the All-Around with a Career best 39.200, the fourth-best total in school history (Photo courtesy of Bill Adams)
Ladies Rebound in Session Two by Making History
Friday, April 8, 2016

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The first session may not have gone as planned for the Ladies, but that all changed in the second session as two Centenary Gymnasts qualified for event finals in three events on the first day of the USA Gymnastics Championship Friday, April 8, hosted by the university of Lindenwood.

Sophomore Ashley White easily set a career best in the all-around with a 39.200 for First Team All-America honors. White (vault and beam) and freshman Navia Jordan (floor) qualified for the event finals Sunday.

“We had a great day,” said head coach Jackie Fain. “The seniors represented us well this afternoon. Navia just killed it on her floor routine today. She went out there and did the most beautiful routine. Ashley was absolutely on a mission today and had the best meet of her life.”

White, who had been achingly close to a career-best in the all-around all season, busted through that barrier with room to spare. Her 39.200 total is the fourth-best mark in school history and the best total in 11 seasons.

Beginning the night on vault, she received a 9.825. Second at the time, she held on for third in the session on the apparatus. She followed that up with a 9.800 on bars, finishing seventh and just missing qualification for the event finals. White followed with a 9.800 on beam, holding on to fifth in the session and advancing to event finals.

White’s 9.775 on floor only placed her 17th on a very competitive event, but her 39.200 broke her career record by 0.175 and won her the event in the second session. She placed second on the day, as the first session produced a 39.400.

Freshman Navia Jordan shook off a 9.100 on beam to receive a career best 9.900 on floor. That bumped up her career best by a tenth of a point and is the first 9.900 for the Ladies on floor in 10 years.

In the first session, senior Megan Desjardins finished 17th on floor with a judges’ average of 9.750. She also received a 9.400 on beam. Senior Noel Stubbs received a 9.000 on vault, 9.025 in bars and 9.125 on beam. Classmate Kellie Slater finished 18th on vault with a 9.625. Slater also received a 9.125 on floor.

“I’m really proud of the Ladies and how they competed today,” added Fain. “We are excited for Ashley and Navia to compete for the national championship on their respective events.”

White (vault and beam) and Jordan (floor) finish the 2016 Ladies gymnastic season on Sunday in the event finals beginning at 1 p.m. Brown, Lindenwood, Bridgeport and Seattle Pacific will fight it out for the team title Saturday night.