Gymnastics: TWU posts season high in victory

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TWU used a season-high score of 194.200, five career highs and a school-record 49.725 on floor exercise to capture a dual meet victory Saturday night at Kitty Magee Arena.

The Pioneers defeated Centenary (189.900) by 4.3 points.

TWU opened the meet on vault and recorded a season-high 48.725, led by freshman Kayla Jones with a career-high 9.825. Senior Marcella Fallon and junior Bethany Larimer contributed with 9.775 and 9.800, respectively.

On bars, Larimer was one of three Pioneers who scored a 9.700 or better to help the team record a 48.350. Senior Chaynade Knowles posted a 9.725 and senior Rashonda Cannie had a 9.700.

TWU stumbled a bit on beam, scoring just 47.950 after counting a fall. Larimer opened the event with a 9.775, which tied her career high, while Cannie closed out with a 9.725.

The Pioneers saved their best for last as all six gymnasts recorded a 9.775 or higher on floor, including three career highs. Fallon set the tone with a career-high 9.875, followed by Jones (9.850) and Knowles (9.875) with their own top scores. Junior Kristin Edwards recorded a 9.850 while Cannie had a 9.775 and freshman Spencer Jones closed out the meet with a 9.825.

"Once again we improved our team score from last week, and I am proud of the girls," TWU head coach Lisa Bowerman said. "We don't have a lot of depth on floor, but the six girls worked hard in practice and it paid off."

The Pioneers will return to action when they face the same Centenary team in Shreveport, La., at 6 p.m. Friday.

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