Centenary's Jackson and Menne Capture Event Titles
Sunday, April 11, 2004



Shreveport—A day after winning the USAG National Gymnastics Championship for the first time in school history, four Centenary Ladies competed in the event finals for their chance to be crowned as an individual national champion on their respective events.

Kristina Menne sealed her title in the all-around, which was contested on the first day of team qualifying and Jennie Jackson posted a 9.625 on the bars to tie for first place on the uneven bars. The win for Jackson marked the first time Centenary has ever had two national champions in the same year.

Centenary coach Bill Hardy was voted the USAG Coach of the Year by the other seven coaches who led teams into the championship event. The award was the first for the fourth- year Ladies coach. Hardy guided his team to a #1 USAG ranking, a national championship, and saw five of his gymnasts earn All-American status. In addition, his 2004 squad broke numerous team and individual school records.

Sarah Racioppi narrowly missed providing the Ladies with a third individual champion when she scored a 9.825 and placed second on the floor exercise. Other Centenary gymnasts that competed on the final day included a fifth place effort on the bars from Menne, Kaela Meinert's fifth place performance on the beam, along with a tenth place showing from Racioppi on the beam.