Redhawks Squeeze Past Ladies Gymnastics
Saturday, January 22, 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – With tight scoring and pushing through falls, the Ladies gymnastics team battled through their second meet of their weekend road trip on Saturday afternoon at the Houck Field House. Even with the highest individual score of the afternoon and two first-place showings, Centenary was unable to break Southeast Missouri’s home winning streak, falling 190.450-189.050.


Starting the meet on bars, Centenary posted a 46.900, led by improved performances via sophomore Jessie Angus and senior Jennifer Jackson.  Both gymnasts put up well executed 9.525 routines, tying for third overall.


The Ladies saw their best rotation of the meet on the vault.  Centenary narrowly missed taking the event scoring a solid 47.500 compared to Southeast’s 47.575. Showing consistency throughout the meet, veterans Kristina Menne, Sarah Racioppi, and Carmen Reid scored 9.5500, tying for second overall.


Menne followed her strong vault performance, nabbing first place honors with her 9.675 floor routine. Junior Sarah Ball and Racioppi finished fifth with a score of 9.550.


Wrapping up the meet on the beam the Ladies accumulated 47.325, thanks to Ball’s breakthrough 9.800 performance. This performance was a season high for Ball and the highest mark of the meet. Also boosting Centenary’s beam point totals, Menne scored 9.6575, earning her third place.


Along with topping her opponents on the beam, Ball posted Centenary’s top all-round score, finishing third with 38.150 and teammate Menne followed behind her with a score of 38.075.


The Ladies welcome Southern Utah on Jan. 28th, opening up home season action at the Gold Dome. The meet will begin at 7:00 p.m.