White Qualifies for NCAA for Second-Straight Year, 10 Make USAG Nationals
Junior Ashley White became the first Centenary gymnast to qualify for the NCAA Regionals twice in the all-around.
White Qualifies for NCAA for Second-Straight Year, 10 Make USAG Nationals
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Once again, junior Ashley White is carrying the banner for NCAA Division III at the NCAA Gymnastic Regionals, with teams and individual participants announced by the NCAA Monday, March 20.

White is the only athlete from an NCAA Division III institution competing at any of the six regionals. She will perform in the all-around at the Champaign Regional, hosted by the University of Illinois on Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m.

“We are so excited to have Ashley once again represent the Ladies at the NCAA regional competition in at the University of Illinois,” explained head coach Jackie Fain. “Ashley will not only represent Centenary, but NCAA Division III as she competes on the big stage, going against six of the top Division I teams and all-arounders in the country. I am so proud of her diligence and hard work over the last three years to get to this point, but especially this year as she has had to work through a nagging injury the entire season. She never complains and comes into practice every day with the same work ethic and determination.

“Her ability to be so consistent in practice has led her to her success on the competition floor and we couldn’t be more excited!” added Fain.

NCAA gymnastics is non-divisional: All athletes and teams from all NCAA Divisions must qualify for NCAA Regionals and then for the one NCAA Championship.

This is the second-straight appearance for White, who competed in the all-around last year at the Iowa City Regional.

White becomes just the second Centenary gymnast to qualify for NCAA regional competition twice (Kristina Menne on bars in 2004 and in the all-around in 2005) and the first to compete in the all-around in two different seasons. Two other gymnasts in program history have competed in a regional meet (Laura Loy on beam in 2008 and Jessica Lieblich in the all-around in 2011).

White holds the highest regional qualifying score (RQS) in both the all-around (38.695) and on bars (9.730) among athletes at NCAA Division III institutions.

Besides NCAA competition, White will also compete in the All-Around at USA Gymnastics Nationals in Seattle, Washington, at Seattle Pacific April 7-9. Joining White at USAG Nationals will be sophomore Tavia Smith.

In individual events, freshman Cami Bea Austin, sophomore Aspen Hattley, and senior Taylor Le Moal will compete on vault. Senior Allison Scates and freshman Evelyn Harris qualified on bars, while Scates and freshman Delia Ardoin will perform on beam.

Sophomore Navia Jordan, freshman Olivia Hirsch, and Austin will compete on floor.

Gymnasts who finish in the top-10 of an apparatus in the event preliminaries receive All-American status and will compete in the event finals Sunday, April 9.