Seniors Provide Final Gym Talk
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hi Ladies fans, your Seniors are here for our very last gym talk!

Two weeks ago, the Ladies competed at Lindenwood University, and it was another fun meet with numerous personal bests!  Freshman Navia Jordan competed an outstanding floor routine, which received a career high of 9.8. Watching Navia compete on floor is so much fun because of the way she commands the attention of everyone when she steps out onto the floor.  Another freshman, Tavia Smith, had a solid meet, scoring personal bests on bars and beam. She has a way of keeping the team in positive spirits with her contagious laugh and smile, which was key for the adversity we went through during this meet.  Ashley White had a standout meet where she received a career-best 9.850 on the vault. It was such a memorable moment to see the excitement on her face when she stuck the landing!  Her score was just 0.025 away from matching the Centenary record. She also won the all-around with a season-best 38.975, way to go Ash!  Finally, Senior Megan Desjardins competed all-around for just the third time, and she scored her career best of 37.85.  We are so proud of Megan because she has stepped up on every event and has become a strong senior leader!   It was also Lindenwood's Senior Night, so to conclude the meet they honored us seniors by having their GA, former Centenary Lady, Natalie Humbert, give each senior a rose.  It was truly a special moment because we love and miss our Nat Nat so much!  

This past week, all of us were super excited we were taking a charter bus to Conference in Cape Girardeau, Missouri! We love spending time with everyone on the bus and having the whole team there. We drove down Thursday and on Friday we had a great practice in the arena followed by the banquet later that evening. For once, we stepped out of our leotards and into dresses to celebrate the year with the other five teams in the Midwest Independent Conference by awarding yearly and academic honors. The next day, we started off the meet on beam, which was very new for us. Congrats to our awesome beam anchor, Megan for her career and season high of a 9.825 and making 2nd team All-Conference. We also had a BYE after beam which allowed us to come together as a team and forget about the mistakes made on the first event. We then went to floor and hit some awesome floor routines! Congrats to Taylor on her career high! Next was vault, and we went 6 for 6. After the final BYE, we went to bars. We did not count a fall, which has been one of our goals throughout the season. Congrats to Ashley who received MIC Second Team All-Conference Honors for placing fifth in the all-around with a 38.60. After the meet was over, we shed a few tears and hugged each other to commemorate the last time we will all compete together as a team. 

We would like to congratulate our national qualifiers. Freshman Navia Jordan on beam and floor, sophomore Ashley White in the all-around, senior Megan Desjardins on floor and beam, senior Kellie Slater on vault and floor, and senior Noel Stubbs on vault, bars, and beam. We also would like to give a huge congratulations to Ashley White, who qualified for NCAA regionals in Iowa. We are very proud of you! Those of us who are here for spring break have been working really hard in the gym to perfect old skills and to add in upgrades for the national championships. We are excited and very grateful for the opportunity to get to go home this weekend and spend some time with our families and friends for Easter.  

It’s hard to believe four years of college gymnastics have already gone by. When we came in as freshmen, it felt like we had an eternity of college gymnastics in front of us. Now that it is ending, we feel so unprepared. Our lives up until now have been shaped by the structure of rigorous practice schedules, coaches who push us to our limits, and meet seasons full of ups and downs. Gymnastics is a sport that takes hold of you from the very beginning and consumes you. It requires every ounce of strength and mental toughness you have. There have been days we have left the gym bleeding, bruised, and beaten down, but there’s something about it that kept us coming back for more. The reason we came back to practice each day, is because this sport is something we are passionate about. I once read something which said “for every mastered skill, there are one thousand failed attempts,” and that is so true. We spend our days falling over and over again, but there is nothing like the feeling of finally landing on your feet and having your teammates right there behind you screaming with pure joy. We feel so fortunate to have spent the last four years on the Centenary gymnastics team with so many amazing Ladies. This program has given us the opportunity to do a lot of growing together, which is something for which we are forever grateful. It didn’t always turn out like we had planned, but in times of adversity, we learned to lean on each other. We got to live out our dreams of being college athletes, which is something not everyone gets to say. While it is scary to look ahead into a completely new chapter, we know our teammates are just a phone call away, and we can count on them for anything. Thank you to all the Ladies fans, coaches, and teammates throughout the years. We couldn’t have done it without you!


Ron, Craze, Cas, Kell, Steph, and Noey