Ladies Gymnastics Opens Season at SEMO
Friday, January 12, 2007

Jessie Angus

Kristina Menne

Meredith Smith

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.—The Centenary gymnastics team begins its pursuit for its annual spot in the USA Gymnastics Championships on Saturday when the Ladies open their 2007 schedule at Southeast Missouri at 7 p.m. The Ladies will also go up against perennial Midwest Independent Conference frontrunner Illinois-Chicago, who will also be participating at the meet on Saturday.


“This opening meet should be a good test to see how we stack up against other Midwest Independent Conference members and will provide us with a starting point in order to address areas that we need to improve upon,” said head coach Bill Hardy.


The Ladies will rely on seniors Jessie Angus and Kristina Menne to help mold a very young team into a championship contender by the end of the season. Junior Meredith Smith also returns to provide consistency and sophomores Mandy Bennett and Julia Cornelius will be expected to step up and compete on three events this year.


Menne is a three-time USAG All-America honoree and Cornelius earned the distinction last season on the balance beam. Smith is the defending National Champion on the vault to go along with her All-America status.


In addition, sophomore Bethannie Bowie has continued to improve and should contribute while freshman Courtney Hawkins is expected to make an immediate impact with her power, level of difficulty, and presentation.


The Ladies will be on the road for their first three meets of the season before hosting Illinois State and Texas Woman’s University in their home opener on Friday, February 2nd at 7 p.m. Centenary will be at home in the Gold Dome for a total of five meets this season against teams such as Illinois-Chicago (twice), Southeast Missouri, and LSU.