Gymnastics finishes second at Illinois tri-meet
Monday, January 20, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Centenary gymnastics team posted a score of 186.650 to finish second at the University of Illinois tri-meet this weekend. Illinois claimed the top team spot with a score of 196.175 with Wisconsin-Eau Claire in third at 185.975.

The Ladies placed team season-high scores in all four events en route to its best team score of the season.

“We had a much better showing this weekend overall,” said head coach Jackie Fain. “The team worked really hard last week to make improvements in the gym and it paid off. We increased our team score significantly, but we still have a long way to go.”

Robyn Price finished fourth in all-around behind a trio of Illini performers. The senior posted an overall score of 38.050 while leading the Ladies on uneven bars and balance beam. Prince finished seventh on the bars with a score of 9.650 and eighth on beam with a 9.600.

Allison Scates, Sylvia Keiter and Megan Desjardins all posted career-highs in the tri-meet. Scates posted a score of 9.500 on the vault while Desjardins tallied her career-high on beam with a score of 9.475 – which was second among Centenary performers.

Keiter’s career-bests came on the beam and floor exercise. Her floor routine score of 9.550 was second on the team for Centenary and 10th overall while her 9.450 on beam was third on the team and 12th in the event.

The Ladies also witnessed collegiate floor debut routines from Ronni Bear and Natalie Humbert.  Humbert finished as the Maroon and White’s top finisher in the event with a score of 9.625 which was ninth overall while Bear finished third on the team and 11th in the event with a score of 9.475.

“I saw some real improvement this week. We certainly had many more made routines, but this team knows they still have a long way to go to reach their potential. They are anxious to get back to work to continue to improve. As I’ve said before, this team is young, but they are fighters and I believe they will use this experience to continue to get better,” Fain said.

The Ladies return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25 in a quad-meet hosted by Towson University. Action in Baltimore, Md., begins at 4 p.m.