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White Named CoSIDA Academic All-District
White Named CoSIDA Academic All-District
Monday, May 15, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. – For the second time in a week, a Centenary College athlete has been recognized for their combination of academic and athletic achievement. Released Thursday, May 11, junior Ladies gymnast Ashley White has been named Academic All-District™ in District 8­­­­­­, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

White holds a 3.57 GPA while majoring in communications and has been named Academic All-Conference by the Midwest Independent Conference in 2017. Athletically, she has qualified for the NCAA regional in the all-around the past two seasons, becoming the only NCAA Division III gymnast to qualify for NCAA postseason competition in 2017.

“We are proud of Ashley for what she has accomplished both academically and athletically,” said Centenary Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dr. Bob Bunnell. “To represent not only Centenary, but all of Division III, in postseason competition is truly special. I cannot wait to see what she does in her senior season.”

For the third-straight year, White finished as a USA Gymnastics All-American on beam and in the all-around. She finished second at nationals in the event finals beam, easily surpassing her career best with a 9.875. She finished Second Team All-American in the all-around.

White also finished as an All-American at USAG on vault in 2015 and 2016.

“I am so excited for Ashley to receive this recognition,” said head coach Jackie Fain. “She has worked diligently both in the classroom and in the gym to put herself among the best in both areas. Ashley has proven again and again how making priorities, sacrifice, and hard work definitely pays off.

“We are so proud and honored for Ashley to receive this award!”

In April, White became just the second Centenary gymnast to qualify for NCAA regional competition twice (Kristina Menne on bars in 2004 and in the all-around in 2005) and the first to compete in the all-around in two different seasons. Two other gymnasts in program history have competed in a regional meet (Laura Loy on beam in 2008 and Jessica Lieblich in the all-around in 2011).

For the season, White recorded the highest regional qualifying score (RQS) in both the all-around (38.695) and on bars (9.730) among athletes at NCAA Division III institutions.