Denton, TX- The Centennial Gymnastics Team finished second to host Texas Woman’s University Pioneers on Sunday in a Midwest Independent Conference double meet at Kitty Magee Arena.
The Ladies, currently ranked 68th in the nation and the fourth-highest ranked team in all of Division III, finished with a team score of 186.575 while the Trailblazers recorded a 191.575. Centenary was playing his third meeting of the season after opening the 2022 campaign at LSU on Jan. 7 with a score of 185.650 and a second-place finish at the nationally ranked Tigers, then earned another second-place finish against the Air Force Falcons last Sunday. in the home opener with a season high of 187.650.
Centenary earned his highest individual score Sunday with a season high (47.875) on beam followed by 47.50 on vault, a season high of 45.675 on floor and 45.522 on bars.
Rookie Emma Lavelle (Mandeville, La.) won the all-around for the first time in her young career earning a season-high and career-high 37.850. Senior All-American Kendall Sanders (Spring Branch, Texas) finished second in the AA with a 37.80. Lavelle earned a season-best 9.775 on beam, a 9.70 on floor, a 9.40 on vault and an 8.975 on bars. Sanders’ best score on Sunday was 9.60 on beam, followed by 9.525 on vault, 9.375 on floor and finally 9.30 on bars.
Junior Leilani Johnson (Wichita, Kan.) had a 9.625 on vault, the women’s best score in the event on Sunday, Sanders was second at 9.525, junior Lacey Wedge (Belle Chasse, La.) scored a career high 9.50. Junior Kendall Huff (Riviera, TX) scored a 9.45, Lavelle finished with a 9.40 and second Isabel Plaza (San Antonio, TX) scored a 9.250.
Junior All-American Taylor Ann Wilson (Memphis, Tenn.) had the top women’s bars score with a 9.55 followed by Sanders’ 9.30 and a 9.225 by senior All-American Xian Baumgartner (Albuquerque, Tenn.). nm). Lavelle was next at 8.975, senior Kendall Knaps (Prairieville, La.) scored a season-high 8.475, and junior Rose Deshler (Hastings, Minn.) had an 8.15.
Lavelle led the way on beam with her 9.775 and Sanders was right behind her with a 9.60. Baumgartner and sophomore Rylie Molina (Moss Bluff, La.) each scored a 9.525 as Molina recorded a season high. Rookie Carissa Martinez (Albuquerque, NM) scored a 9.45 and Deshler an 8.825. Lavelle’s 9.70 on the ground led the way in the event, followed by a 9.375 from Sanders, a 9.35 from Huff, an 8.80 from Johnson, an 8.45 from Deshler and a 7.75 from Wedge.
Centenary is now preparing to stay on the road and will do so for the entire month of February. The ladies will face Alaska-Anchorage on February 11-13 to be their travel month.
View the full women’s season schedule here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/gymnastics/2021-22/schedule
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