Ladies Nab Second Place Behind Missouri
Saturday, January 21, 2006

Kristina Menne

Sarah Ball

Meredith Smith

Diana Janda

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary gymnastics team enjoyed a second-place finish in its first home meet of the 2006 season in the Gold Dome Friday evening. The Ladies posted a 190.100 to finish behind Missouri but well ahead of the Air Force Academy. The Tigers from the Big 12 conference tallied a 195.575 to win the meet, while the Falcons finished with a score of 175.050.


The tempo of the meet was set in the early going as Centenary garnered a 47.600 on the vault paced by Meredith Smith’s 9.700 from the fifth slot in the lineup. Air Force struggled out of the gate as the Falcons were forced to count two scores below 9.000 on the beam and finished with a 44.350 on the event. Meanwhile, Missouri executed nicely on the bars to the tune of a 48.550 led by Jodie Heinicka’s 9.925.


The final team standings were clear after the second event when the Tigers grabbed a team score of 49.125 on the floor exercise. The Falcons would notch their best team score on the night with a 44.900 on the vault, but the Ladies secured their spot in second place with a 47.300 on the bars behind three scores of 9.500 or better by Julia Cornelius, Mandy Bennett, and Kristina Menne.


Menne then received a 9.900 for her work on the balance beam, which placed her second among all participants behind Lauren Schwartzman of Missouri who was awarded a 9.950 on the apparatus. Centenary finished strong on the floor exercise with good showings from Sarah Ball and Diana Janda who each recorded scores of 9.625, but it was Menne who earned the Ladies’ best score on the floor with a 9.675.


Ball also scored a 9.550 on the vault, a 9.325 on the bars, and a 9.700 on the beam to total 38.200 points, good enough for third place in the all-around. In addition to her efforts on the bars, beam, and floor, Menne added a 9.400 on the vault to ease past Ball into second place in the all-around with a score of 38.475. Adrianne Perry of Missouri took the all-around title with a cumulative score of 39.150.


Centenary will now receive over 20 days off before the Ladies travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for a pair of meets with the Air Force Academy on February 10th and 12th.