Freshman Vanessa Peterman Provides this Week's Gym Talk!
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hey there Centenary gym fans! This is Freshman Vanessa Peterman bringing you this week’s Gym Talk.

This past weekend’s competition was a bittersweet one, as our six seniors took the floor for the last time in the Gold Dome. Building off the energy we had at our home meet Monday, we had the opportunity to take our practice time to the Gold Dome. The seniors knew it would be their last chance to soak in the magic of the Gold Dome, and with that, we knew there would be a great competition awaiting us. A few days prior to the competition, we were given a different perspective on our sport by our team building coach, Shelly. She asked us to simply have fun. It is not always easy to remember why we love doing what we do every single day, but as we contemplated it we were able to find that love and use it as our motivation. Senior night would be all about creating what we would want our competition to be like, if it was our last time competing in the Gold Dome. 

Saturday night’s competition was a tri-meet against Iowa State and Texas Women’s, a Division I and a Division II school. The night started for the Ladies on the vault.  With a slightly rocky start, the Ladies were able to rally with two great vault scores from Ashley White (9.625) and senior Kelly Slater (9.625).

The Ladies took to the bars with a no fear, only fun, attitude.  Along with excellent routines from senior Noel Stubbs, scoring a season high 9.65 and Ashley White’s 9.75, was a season debut by senior Ronni Bear, who made her last bar routine at the Dome a memorable one. Freshman Tavia Smith was also able to contribute a solid score by competing a double layout dismount for the first time!

The Beam Queens showed the Division I Iowa State who they were by scoring the second best beam score in Centenary history with a total of 48.975!  The Ladies posted a total of five season highs from freshman Navia Jordan (9.85), sophomore Ashley White (9.825), junior Taylor Le Moal (9.725), and our two seniors, Kelly Slater (9.8) and Megan Desjardins (9.775). The Ladies also had a new face in their lineup, freshman Tavia Smith, who kept the momentum going with a 9.775 of her own.

Taking the energy over to the floor, the Ladies were flawless. Senior Megan Desjardins was able to put up a season high 9.65 for the ladies. The two anchors, Navia Jordan (9.725) and Ashley White (9.75) posted almost identical scores. 

The Ladies finished third with a solid 190.275 that would be the third 190 posted in the Gold Dome! This weekend, the Ladies will travel to Whitewater, Wisconsin, to show Division III Gymnastics who they are!

Thanks for tuning into this weeks Gym Talk! Go Ladies!!!

Vanessa Peterman