Freshman Tavia Smith Provides this Week's Gym Talk
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hello Centenary Ladies gymnastics fans! I’m freshman Tavia Smith, and I’m bringing you this week’s gym talk! After a somewhat disappointing away meet at Texas Women’s University last week, all of us were ready to get back in the gym this week and work hard to make improvements. Throughout the week, the team cleaned up the minor details in routines and worked on consistency. That really paid off on meet day. This week we traveled to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to compete against Southeast Missouri State University on March 5.

The past couple of weeks, we’ve been focusing on learning to have fun with our gymnastics again. In order to show us what it really felt like to have fun, Coach Jackie took us to The City Museum in St. Louis after we arrived in Missouri on Friday. The entire museum was basically a huge jungle gym that we could climb around. We climbed through caves, did handstands outside life sized planes, and even found our way down to a castle’s dungeon. The highlight of the visit was definitely the 10-story slide! We even got to roast marshmallows around a fire! It was fun to get to run around with our teammates and get to be kids again, and Coach Jackie even joined in on the fun!

At Saturday’s competition, we started out the meet with a much improved bar rotation. Senior Noel Stubbs got us started off right with a beautiful bar set, complete with a gorgeous straddle back to handstand and a nearly stuck dismount. Sophomore Ashley White also showed off her skills on bars with a team-high 9.750, that scored third-place overall. Shout out to Freshman Navia Jordan for making her collegiate debut on bars this weekend! And congratulations to Seniors Ronni Bear and Casie Hood on their fabulous routines! Lastly, but certainly not least, I would like to give a big shout out to MacKenzie Packer for her awesome exhibition routine! I’m so proud of how far our bar stars came this week, and I can’t wait to make even more improvements for our next competition.

We followed our strong bar performance with another good showing on vault. Led by Ashley White’s beautiful yurchenko half. which was awarded second place overall with a 9.575.

Our floor roars really showed out this weekend. Our floor line-up came to Missouri with several upgrades ready to go. In the first spot, I competed a double pike for the first time this season. Junior -Taylor Le Moal followed that up with a new pass of her own;  a whip to full and a half! Awesome job Taylor! Congrats to the rest of the floor roars for awesome floor sets as well.

We finished out the night with another solid beam performance from our beam queens. We were led by sophomore Ashley White and senior Megan Desjardins with a 9.525 and 9.575, respectively. Congratulations to Ash on her third-place all-around finish.

After all the improvements we made this week, I can’t wait to see what the next one has in store! Stay tuned next week as we will travel back to St. Louis to compete against Lindenwood University on Friday, March 11th. Go Ladies!!!


Tavia Smith