Ladies Gymnastics Completes Home Schedule with No.6 LSU
Thursday, March 22, 2007

Kristina Menne

Jessie Angus

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary gymnastics team wraps up the home portion of its 2007 schedule on Friday when the sixth-ranked LSU Tigers come to the Gold Dome for a 7 p.m. meet with the Ladies. The event will mark the third time Centenary has welcomed an LSU team to Shreveport in the last three weeks as the baseball Gents and softball Ladies also locked up with the Tigers recently.


Ranked at No.6 in the most recent national rankings, the LSU gymnastics team will also be the third team inside the top 10 to visit Centenary’s campus in a span of three days. The softball team hosted No.8 LSU and the baseball team battled No.9 Arkansas, both on Wednesday.


Centenary currently sits fifth in the USA Gymnastics (USAG) division with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 189.535 and is primed to take its annual trip to the USAG National Championships in Seattle in late April. The Ladies rank among the top 10 as a team in all four events including sixth place averages on the beam (47.210) and floor exercise (47.855), seventh place on the bars (47.280), and eighth on the vault (47.470).


Individually, seniors Jessie Angus and Kristina Menne also have claimed spots inside the USAG top 10 on the bars and the all-around respectively. Angus’ RQS of 9.720 on the bars and Menne’s total average of 37.940 in the all-around are both good enough to land each of the Ladies in eighth place.


Centenary enters its final home meet with LSU coming off of a season-best team effort of 192.150 in a loss on Saturday to Southeast Missouri State.


LSU climbed up to the sixth spot in the NCAA national rankings after posting a team score of 197.025 in a victory over Nebraska. The Tigers place second nationally on the vault, fourth on the floor, 11th on the bars, and 15th on the beam.


Ashleigh Clare-Kearney, Kelly Phelan, Nicki Butler, and Lauren Klein all sit inside the top 15 individually in the NCAA on their respective events for LSU. Clare-Kearney is fourth in the all-around (39.450) and is tops on the vault with an RQS of 9.965. Phelan is 14th in the all-around (39.335), 14th on the floor (9.885), and 15th on the vault (9.890) while Butler is sixth on the vault (9.910). Klein is fifth in the country on the floor exercise with an average score of 9.915.