Gymnastics Finishes Top Third in Country in GPA, Eight Named Scholastic All-American
Top left to right: Allison Scates, Tavia Smith, Taylor Le Moal, and Kaitlyn Mussio. Bottom left to right: Elizabeth Sander, Kellie Slater, Stephanie Strickler, and Ashley White
Gymnastics Finishes Top Third in Country in GPA, Eight Named Scholastic All-American
Friday, July 29, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary College gymnastics team placed 27th among the nation's gymnastics teams for GPA in 2015-16, announced the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W). The Ladies finished with a 3.4720 GPA last season.

According to the NACGC/W, it is the highest ranking for the Ladies in at least a decade.

“I am so proud of this team and the fact they have made their academics a priority,” said head coach Jackie Fain. “All of the hard work they put into their education, on top of the intense amount of work it takes to be put a part of the Centenary gymnastics team, takes dedication and commitment.”

“We have been working to get our team GPA up, and it has increased every year since I have been here. I can honestly say this team has committed themselves 100% to being students first, and have worked hard to achieve the highest GPA of any Centenary gymnastics team in recent history,” added Fain.

In addition, eight athletes achieved Scholastic All-American status, finishing the academic year with 3.5 GPA or better. Junior Allison Scates (geology) and freshman Tavia Smith (biology) were two of 97 gymnasts across the country who finished with a 4.0 for the year.

Other honorees for Centenary include recent graduates Kellie Slater (3.63, business administration) and Stephanie Strickler (3.57, psychology), junior Taylor Le Moal (3.86, economics), sophomores Kaitlyn Mussio (3.88, biology) and Ashley White (3.75, communication), and freshman Elizabeth Sander (3.91, undeclared).

 “A special congratulations to the eight Ladies who have been named Scholastic All-Americans. This is an incredible accomplishment; being a student-athlete takes an incredible amount of dedication and determination. They have obviously succeeded,” stated Fain.