Ladies Upset #16 Southern Utah at Home
Friday, January 28, 2005


SHREVEPORT – The crowd of over 1,200 fans energized Centenary's gymnastics team as the Ladies upset nationally ranked Southern Utah 194.175-193.975 on Friday night. Centenary posted seven 9.800 or better performances with Kristina Menne breaking the school record, winning her first all-round competition of the season in 39.325.  The sophomore also tied the school record on bars with 9.950.


The Ladies started the meet on the right foot by marking a season best score on the bars. Centenary’s 48.925 bar score toppled Southern Utah’s 48.025 with Menne bursting past the competition in a first-place 9.950 routine. Following behind her was teammate Laura Wright with a 9.825 performance. 


The Ladies improved dramatically on the floor with a season best of 49.125. Keeping up with the Thunderbird’s 8th nationally ranked floor team, the Ladies trio of Menne (9.925), Sarah Ball (9.900), and Carmen Reid (9.875) all scored season best marks. Ball performed well throughout the night, producing the Ladies top vault score of 9.675.


Sarah Racioppi recorded her best beam performance of the year with a 9.825, tying with Southern Utah’s leader Carly Geronimo for first-place honors.


“This was a huge win for us,” said head coach Bill Hardy. “The Ladies were consistent throughout practice this week, which was evident in their solid routines tonight.  We will continue to concentrate on perfecting our landings in preparation for Colorado next week.”


The Ladies travel to Colorado Springs on February 5th to take on the Air Force squad.