Gymnastics Falls in Both Meets Against Illinois-Chicago
Sunday, March 4, 2007

Jessie Angus won two events
over the weekend against

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary gymnastics team fell in both meets this weekend against the University of Illinois at Chicago, held Friday and Sunday at the Gold Dome.

In Sunday’s meet, the Ladies lost by a score of 191.950 to 190.475, with all four exercises going to the Flames.

Annie Kachman of Illinois-Chicago captured the all-around competition Sunday with a composite score of 39.025. In Sunday’s meet, Kachman tied for first on vault, tying teammate Beth Kliver with a score of 9.850. Kachman also took second on beam (9.750) and third on both bars (9.725) and on floor (9.700) against the Ladies Sunday.

Centenary senior Kristina Menne (Pearland, Texas) finished second in the all-around competition with a score of 38.750. Menne scored a 9.725 on floor, finishing in second place, just 0.025 behind first place finisher Rachel Zelinski of the Flames (9.750). The Centenary senior also finished tied for third on bars with a score of 9.725, in a tie with teammate Mandy Bennett (Boyce, La.) and Kachman.

Bennett, the other Centenary gymnast competing in the all-around, finished with a score of 36.725 Sunday.

Senior Jessie Angus (Snellville, Ga.) took second on bars Sunday with a score of 9.775, while junior Meredith Smith (College Station, Texas) finished in a tie for third on vault with a score of 9.825.

In Friday’s meet, the Ladies fell to Illinois-Chicago by just 0.075 in the team competition, with the score in favor of the Flames at 192.125-192.050.

Jessie Jaworowicz of the Flames took first in the all-around, scoring 38.550. She was followed by Kachman (38.525) and Menne of Centenary (38.200).

Angus took two individual events Friday against Illinois-Chicago. On bars, Angus scored a 9.825 to finish in front of Ashley Thurston (9.800) of the Flames and Kachman (9.775). The Centenary senior also won the beam competition with a score of 9.675.

Excelling in Friday’s meet against Illinois-Chicago and capturing her first-career individual event was Centenary freshman Courtney Hawkins (Sulphur, La.). Hawkins tied for first on vault with a score of 9.750, tying Kachman of Illinois-Chicago. The Centenary freshman also finished in second on floor behind Menne, who won the event with a score of 9.875. Hawkins scored a 9.825 on floor for second place.

On bars, sophomore Julia Cornelius (Weatherford, Texas) scored a 9.775 to tie for third place Friday.

Although falling to Illinois-Chicago in both meets, the Ladies are showing vast signs of improvement, according to head coach Bill Hardy.

Centenary next competes at Southeast Missouri March 17 at 4 p.m., returning to the Gold Dome the following Friday to host LSU at 7 p.m.