Strong Performances Lead Ladies to Gymnastics Win
Friday, February 8, 2013 | by Nathan Yacovissi

SHREVEPORT, La – It was a huge night for Centenary’s Gymnastics team as several season bests were hit in its home opener and “senior night.” The Ladies rebounded from last weekend to capture their first team win of the season (190.500) as they barely beat Alaska (190.025) and Winona State (186.075). This team score is the highest of the season for the Ladies.

There were several individual performers that had amazing nights. Christy Martinez nailed her floor routine in the final rotation (9.650) and scored a career high as she tied for third. Fellow teammate, Tawnee Hadd, would tie Martinez on floor with the same score and also finished in a three-way tie for second on beam (9.700). Meg Crowley and Robyn Price (9.800) tied for first on beam, which contributed to a huge 48.600 event score. All these scores were season-bests for the Ladies except Price, whose was a career high.

Kellie Slater, for the second meet in a row, had a team best on an event. This time she led the Ladies on floor (9.725) and was able to capture first place individual with a career high. Jessica Lieblich (9.700) was right behind for a season high, and Hadd and Martinez (9.650) helped the Ladies sweep the top three finishes with a third place tie as both of them got season-bests.

M’rcy Matsunami (38.425) would capture the title for all-around for Alaska. Crowley was able to notch a season high and take second with her score (38.125). Lieblich (37.625) followed her teammate to place third.

It was a tough night scoring wise through the first two rotations, but the Ladies turned the page on beam. Hadd, Slater, Lieblich, Price, and Crowely each hit their routines and had a chance to win going into the final event, which was floor. All six Ladies scored at least a 9.550 to receive a 48.325 event score that allowed the Ladies to hang on.

“We started out a little rough tonight, but tried some new vaults so that was exciting,” Head Coach Jackie Fain said. “We rocked beam routines and had a great beam night. Our team took that momentum and finished up strong on Floor with some nice routines.”

After the meet, the Ladies recognized their four seniors: Crowley, Holt, Lieblich, and Martinez.

“It was senior night, so there was a little extra motivation and competing hard to make it memorable for them,” Fain commented. “It was a great crowd, and there was a lot of cheering for our Ladies.” She added, “We are excited with the results tonight and looking to come back Sunday to do even better.”

The Ladies remain at home for their only other home meet of the year until hosting MIC Conference and USAG Nationals. Competition is slated to begin at 2 pm and will be against Alaska in a dual meet.

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