Menne to Compete at NCAA Regional
Friday, April 8, 2005

—The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team has accomplished a lot of great things in their history including an NAIA National Championship and a USAG National Championship. However, until last year there was one thing that a member of the Ladies team had never done, attend an NCAA Regional. Kristina Menne ended the drought in 2004 when she qualified on the uneven bars in her debut season. Now as a sophomore, the Pearland, Texas, native is heading back for the second time in as many years to compete in the all-around on Saturday, April 9th.


Menne made quite a splash in her freshman campaign as she was the USAG All-Around National Champion in addition to earning All-American accolades for the uneven bars while leading the Ladies to the USAG title. She has kept the momentum going this year as she was named Midwest Independent Conference (MIC) gymnast of the week, MIC All-Conference after winning the all-around and floor exercise, and is now heading to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for regionals with a date set for USAG Nationals next week.


 The sophomore broke school records this year with a 9.95 on the uneven bars and an all-around score of 39.325. She also ranks first in the USAG division in the all-around and floor exercise while placing second on the bars and fourth on the beam.


Menne hopes to move on to the NCAA Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships with a good showing at the regional. The top two teams will advance along with the top two individual peformers on each event that are not a part of the two teams already advancing. The teams competing in Tuscaloosa are Alabama, Iowa State, Utah State, Auburn, Kentucky, Kent State, Ohio State, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Ball State.