Five Lady Gymnasts to Participate in USA Gymnastics Nationals
From left to right: Noel Stubbs, Megan Desjardins, Navia Jordan, Ashley White and Kellie Slater
Five Lady Gymnasts to Participate in USA Gymnastics Nationals
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Five Centenary gymnasts will compete at the 2016 USA Gymnastic Finals, hosted by Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, April 8-10. Sophomore Ashley White will compete in the all-around as one of only three gymnasts who qualified to compete in all four events. Senior Noel Stubbs will compete on vault, bars, and beam, and senior Kellie Slater will compete on vault and floor. Both senior Megan Desjardins and freshman Navia Jordan will compete on beam and floor.

White currently ranks ninth in USAG with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 38.670, having recorded the seventh-highest all-around total (38.975) of all USAG gymnasts in 2016. She finished fifth in the all-around at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships on March 19 with a total of 38.600 to be named Second Team All-Conference.

White, who has set career highs on all four apparatuses this season, competed in every event in all 13 meets so far this season. She has a 38 or better in the last four meets and in 6-of-7 competitions. Last week, White found out she would compete in the all-around at the 2016 Iowa City Regional on April 2, the fourth Centenary gymnast to qualify for NCAA Regional competition.

Stubbs finished the season with a 9.605 RQS on vault, 9.555 on bars and 9.580 on beam. During the season, Stubbs finished third with a career-high of 9.725 on beam January 29 at West Chester University.

Slater finished the regular season with an RQS of 9.620 on vault and 9.640 on floor.

A two-time MIC Specialist of the Week honoree in 2016, Jordan sits 11th among USAG gymnasts with a beam RQS of 9.750. She also holds a 9.730 RQS on floor. Joining her on those two events is Desjardins, who earned Second Team All-Conference honors on beam after finishing fourth with a career best of 9.825 on beam at the MIC Championships. Her RQS of 9.735 on beam ranks 16th in USA Gymnastics.

Competing in every event in 4-of-5 meets to end the year, Desjardins matched her career best on floor the last two meets of the season. She holds an RQS of 9.600 on floor.

All individuals will compete in either one of two sessions Friday, April 8.  In the first session, Stubbs, Slater and Desjardins will rotate with Cornell. In session two, White will compete on every event after Lindenwood’s six performers. Jordan will perform on beam and floor after White competes.

If any of the Ladies gymnasts finish fifth or better in any event in their respective sessions, they will qualify for the event finals on Sunday, April 10.

White competes Saturday, April 2, at the Iowa City regional at 4 p.m. She will rotate with Arkansas.