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Redhawks Gymnasts Head to Centenary to Start Weekend

Redhawks Gymnasts Head to Centenary to Start Weekend

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The Southeast Missouri gymnastics team has its second double-header weekend of the season, competing Friday at Centenary and Sunday at Texas Woman's. Friday's dual at Shreveport, La., begins at 6 p.m. while the tri-meet in Denton, Texas begins at 2 p.m.


Team Comparison (Regional Qualifying Score)
EventSoutheast MissouriCentenaryTexas Woman's

About Centenary – The Centenary gymnastics team holds a 186.360 average this season and a high of 189.150. The Ladies have three individuals that compete in the all-around ld by Robyn Price who averages a 38.004. Kellie Slater has the top score on the vault with a 9.606 while Price owns the top bars and beam scores with a 9.262 and 9.617, respectively. The floor has several strong performers, led by Natalie Humbert with a 9.665.
This will be the second dual of the year for the Ladies after a season-opening loss at LSU. The next four meets have had multiple teams including a Feb. 9 tri-meet with MIC foes Texas Woman's and Lindenwood. 
About Texas Woman's – The Pioneers have a 193.220 regional qualifying average. No one has competed in teh all-around this year but have several strong scoring averages individually, led by Bethany Larimer who has a 9.796 on the vault, a 9.771 on the bars and a 9.675  on the balance beam. Brittany Johnson has a score just a tick higher on the beam with a  9.754. The top score on the floor comes from Spencer Jones as she has a 9.50.
The Pioneers have had several strong showings this year, including beating #25 Rutgers on Feb. 1. TWU scored a 193.950 to beat the nationally-ranked squad who scored 193.425. Texas Woman's has finished first in four meets while claiming second place three other times, two of which were more than three teams.
Last Meet –  The Redhawks edged Ball State 191.850-191.050 after entering the final rotation down 143.975-143.425. The Redhawks scored a 48.500 on the vault, 48.700 on the beam and 48.425 on the floor and experienced troubles on the beam with a 46.225.
Taryn Vanderpool won the bars with a 9.850 while Ashley Thomas scored a personal-best on the beam with a 9.700. On her first time competing on bars, Lauren Israel scored a 9.750 to finish in a tie for second with Megan Fosnow.
First Touch:
Who 2 Watch 4: Ashley Thomas set a career-best on the beam enroute to a second place finish in the event. The freshman scored a 9.700 on her routine to lead the Redhawks against Ball State. The mark bests her previous of 9.600 that she had set two weeks prior.   
National Ranks –                   Vault - 39th - 48.582                  Beam - 56th - 47.396
                                    Bars   - 29th - 48.668                  Floor  - 50st  - 48.211          Overall - 48th - 192.857
Walker Named Top Specialist in MIC in Week 5 - Freshman Bailey Walker was named the MIC Specialist of the week after her performance on the floor at Missouri and at home against UIC.
First Impressions: With half of a squad that is freshmen, it is easy to deploy a large amount of rookies into competition. Head coach Kristi Ewasko calls upon six freshmen routinely when competing. Typically four freshmen compete in the vault, which is the most of any event. Right now three freshmen have the team's highest score or are tied with the highest score on an event. They are Ashley Thomas on vault with a 9.825, Alyssa Tucker on Beam with a 9.775 and Bailey Walker on the floor with 9.875.
Trying to Head Back to the Regional – Taryn Vanderpool had a breakout junior season that saw her advance to the regional meet in Norman, Okla., a year ago. The senior will be poised to make another regional run after posting a 12th place finish. Hoping to join her will be 2012 qualifier Megan Fosnow. The then-sophomore competed in the all-around.
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