Racioppi Places Third in USAG Finals, Smith and Menne Receive Second Team All-American Honors
Saturday, April 16, 2005



ITHACA, NY. - With a very gutsy floor performance, Sarah Racioppi tied for third during the individual event finals of the 2005 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals at Cornell Saturday afternoon. The Centenary junior perfectly executed an E-valued full twisting double on her first tumbling pass, marking the highest degree of difficultly of the floor routines at the Newman Arena. Her third place finish brought her career All-American total to four.

Performing first did not hinder Racioppi as she displayed her tumbling expertise with a variety of difficult elements to score a 9.775. A slight stumble on her second pass allowed University of California-Davis’ Tiffany Chan and Seattle Pacific’s Debra Huss to slide past as the two tied for the floor title with a 9.850.

“Regardless of the score, it was Sarah’s best performance all year, said Head Coach Bill Hardy. “By performing first she set the bar extremely high for the other competitors and attained new heights for herself."

Teammate Kristina Menne continued to add awards to her young career receiving 2nd Team All-American honors on the bars along with freshman Meredith Smith who won her first USAG Second-Team All-American accolade on the vault.

Upper classmen Sarah Ball, Tara Mitchell, Racioppi, and Carmen Reid were also recognized as Scholar Athletes during the three-day meet for maintaining a GPA of 3.2 or higher.