Courtney Arno-Templet
© Art Nicklas

SHREVEPORT, La., April 19, 2008 – Texas Woman’s University’s Courtney Arno-Templet won the uneven bars and balance beam titles at the 2008 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships, held at the Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. Alise McDonald of Towson University and Courtney Hawkins of Centenary took top honors in the vault and floor exercise, respectively.

On vault, McDonald posted a 9.787 on vault to win, with Brittany Parker of Texas Woman’s University and Meredith Smith of Centenary tying for second at 9.737.

For Arno-Templet, a 9.875 was her winning score for both the uneven bars and the balance beam. On bars, Stevie Waldman of the College of William and Mary, who won the all-around title earlier in the championships, was second at 9.825. Texas Woman’s Amanda Walker and Towson University’s Christina Lindo tied for third at 9.750. For beam, Cornell University’s Megan Gilbert and Waldman both earned a 9.725 to tie for second.

Hawkins edged out Towson’s Annuka Almenoksa, who was second at 9.850. Cornell’s Brittany Howse placed third with her 9.825.

Earlier in the competition, Texas Woman’s University won the team title.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.

2008 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships
Centenary College of Louisiana
Shreveport, La.
April 19, 2008
Individual event finals

1. Alise McDonald, Towson University, 9.787
2T. Brittany Parker, Texas Woman’s University, 9.737
2T. Meredith Smith, Centenary College, 9.737
4. Mollie Blessing, Texas Woman’s University, 9.712
5. Sari Tepper, Cornell University, 9.700

Uneven bars
1. Courtney Arno-Templet, Texas Woman’s University, 9.875
2. Stevie Waldman, College of William and Mary, 9.825
3T. Amanda Walker, Texas Woman’s University, 9.750
3T. Christina Lindo, Towson University, 9.750
5. Jackie Schweitzer, Centenary College, 9.725

Balance beam
1. Courtney Arno-Templet, Texas Woman’s University, 9.875
2T. Megan Gilbert, Cornell University, 9.725
2T.. Stevie Waldman, College of William and Mary, 9.725
4. Natasha Crawford, Temple University, 9.675
5. Tony Pipkorn, Texas Woman’s University, 9.650

Floor exercise
1. Courtney Hawkins, Centenary College, 9.875
2. Annuka Almenoksa, Towson University, 9.850
3. Brittany Howse, Cornell University, 9.825
4T. Maddie Pearsall, Cornell University, 9.8
4T. Marisa Schneider, Centenary College, 9.8