The ladies post their best score of the season on Friday at TWU Quad 1
Denton, TX- The Centennial Gymnastics team posted a season-high team score of 188.075 on Friday night as the ladies finished fourth in TWU Quad 1 at Kitty Magee Arena.
The ladies were joined in the encounter by host Texas Woman’s University, a Division II program and another member of the Midwest Independent Conference, and a pair of Division 1 programs at No. 6 LSU and No. 30 Pittsburgh. TWU is ranked 47th in the nation in the latest Road to Nationals rankings while Centenary entered the competition ranked 69thand and one of the highest ranked D3 schools in the country. Centenary’s best score the previous season was 187.650 on January 23 at home against the Air Force.
LSU won the meet with a score of 197.625, Pitt was second (195.600), and the host Pioneers placed third (195.400). The ladies changed their schedule as they were supposed to face the University of New Hampshire and Long Island University in a triple meet on Friday in Durham, NH, then end the weekend against Springfield College, Rhode Island College and Southern Connecticut State in a quad meet Feb. 27 in Springfield, Mass.
Centenary and TWU faced off for the second time this season after the ladies finished runners-up in a January 30 doubleheader in Denton. The teams will also meet again next month as the Ladies host the Pioneers on Saturday March 12 at 6 p.m. on Senior Night. The ladies also faced LSU for the second time this season after the two met in the season opener Jan. 7 in Baton Rouge.
The ladies earned their best score of the competition on floor (47.700) followed by 47.550 on vault, 46.925 on beam and 45.900 on bars. Senior All-American Kendall Sanders (Spring Branch, Texas) finished third in the all-around with a 37.525. Kiya Johnson of LSU won the AA with a 39.450 and Hallie Copperwheat of Pitt was second with a 39.150.
Sanders’ best score of the night was 9.65 on the ground (T17and place) followed by a 9.625 on beam (19and location). She earned a 9.450 on vault to place 22nd and an 8.80 on bars good for 20and location. Sanders won the all-around twice earlier this month in two non-conference meetings on the road against the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Feb. 11-13.
Centennial rookie Emma Lavelle (Mandeville, La.) clinched the top individual women’s spot on Friday placing 12and on beam with a 9.725. Rookie Carissa Martinez (Albuquerque, NM) finished 14and on beam with 9.70 and 17th on floor (9.65), and junior Kendall Huff (Riviera, Texas) finished 15and on vault with a 9.70. Sanders and Martinez tied for 17and on the floor (9.65). Lavelle also finished 24th on floor with a 7.90.
Junior Leilani Johnson (Wichita, Kan.) finished 19th on vault (9.60) and 21st on floor (9.525), junior All-American Taylor Ann Wilson (Memphis, Tenn.) scored 9.30 at the valt to finish in 23rd place and his best The end of the evening took place at the bars (17th) with a 9.65. Junior Rose Deshler (Hastings, Minn.) finished 18th on bars (9.60), 23rd on floor (9.325) and 24th on balance beam (8.15). Senior All-American Xian Baumgartner (Albuquerque, NM) posted her best result of the night on floor (9.55 – 20th place) coupled with a pair of 23rd places on beam (8.90) and bars (7 ,25).
Junior Madison McCary (Ozark, Mo.) scored a season-best 9.50 on bars to finish 19th, fellow junior Lacey Wedge (Belle Chasse, La.) scored a 9.050 on vault to finish 24th. Sophomore Rylie Molina (Moss Bluff, La.) earned a 22nd place on balance beam (8.975) and sophomore Isabel Plaza (San Antonio, Texas) finished 21st on vault with a 9.50. Rookie Chloe Armentor (Harvey, Louisiana) finished 21st on bars (8.35).
Centenary will return home to take on the SEMO Redhawks in a MIC doubleheader on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
View the full women’s season schedule here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/gymnastics/2021-22/schedule
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