Maradiaga qualifies for Saturday's finals
Thursday, April 12, 2012

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Ciara Maradiaga posted a top-three finish Thursday afternoon with a 9.700 at the USAG Collegiate National Championships, qualifying for Saturday’s finals.

Maradiaga will represent Centenary as the only gymnast to qualify for Saturday’s events. The Ladies didn’t post their best showing of the year with a 190.750. Texas Women’s won the four-team session with a 193.625, followed by Air Force (192.300), College of William and Mary (192.250) then Centenary.

Maradiaga qualified for the finals with her 9.700 score, shy of her season-high 9.825, done twice this season.

“We’re all so proud of Ciara and how she’s representing Centenary,” head coach Jackie Fain said. “It’s a great thing for this program to have someone competing for a National Championship. It really shows the hard work she’s put in all year.”

Robyn Price posted the only other top-three finish for the Ladies, tying for third with Texas Women’s Rashonda Cannie’s 38.400. Price was just missed her career-best and season-best 38.875, which would have won the all-around over William and Mary’s Kristin Milardo (38.825). Jessica Lieblich finished in seventh at 37.925.

Meg Crowley recorded a 9.775 on the floor exercise, putting her in a tie for sixth place. Kristin Edwards (Texas Women’s) won the event with a 9.900. Stephanie Wright accounted for a top-10 finish in eighth place on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.625 performance.

“I’m really proud of the way everyone competed,” Fain said. “These young ladies have nothing to be ashamed of. They compete hard. They performed hard. They’re a great group of girls and it’s been a great season for us.”