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Gymnastics hosts USA Gymnastics National Championship
Gymnastics hosts USA Gymnastics National Championship
Thursday, April 11, 2013 | by Nathan Yacovissi

SHREVEPORT, La – The Centenary gymnastics team concludes its 2013 season by hosting the USA Gymnastics National Collegiate Championships Friday, Apr. 12-14 at the Gold Dome. Friday will be comprised of two sessions beginning at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday will have a night session at 7 p.m., and Sunday concludes the three-day event with a 1 p.m. start.  

Eight teams will be competing in the team category, while 13 schools will be represented with individual qualifiers. The team competition includes: Air Force, Brown, Bridgeport, Centenary, Cornell, Pennsylvania, Seattle Pacific, and Texas Woman’s University. Lindenwood, Southern Connecticut State, Temple, West Chester, and Yale also have individuals competing this weekend.   

The Ladies are coming off their best performance of the season, notching season-highs on three events en route to their best team score of the year with a 192.900 at the Midwest Independent Conference Gymnastics Championship.

Senior Meg Crowley and junior Robyn Price were named MIC All-Conference and head coach, Jackie Fain received MIC Coach of the Year.

Crowley scored 39.100 for a personal best and placed the highest in all-around at third for the Maroon and White. The Spring, Texas native received first team All-MIC on floor with a first place 9.875.She notched career-highs on uneven bars with a 9.725, floor, and in all-around. She also nailed season bests on vault with a 9.700 and beam with a 9.775 to contribute to the historic night.

Price was named first team All-MIC on the uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.825, and second team All-MIC on floor with a career-high 9.850. The Marion, Ark. native posted a 38.625 all-around and looks to conclude a season that has seen her notch personal bests and already several honors. In addition to the MIC championships, she was named MIC Gymnast of the Week earlier this year.

Also reaching personal bests that weekend included: Jessica Lieblich, Christy Martinez, Amanda Holt, Tawnee Hadd, Kellie Slater and Stephanie Strickler. A trio of seniors hit the feat on uneven bars with Lieblich leading the group with a 9.775. Martinez followed with a 9.725, and has broken a personal best in three of the last four meets. Holt competed for the first time in over a month and scored a 9.700.

Hadd broke her career best on beam with a 9.750. A pair of freshmen did well in their first conference championship, with Slater notching a 9.700 on vault, and Strickler ending strong with her floor routine debut with a 9.625 score.

Olympic gymnast and Centenary Hall of Famer, Kathy Johnson, also returns to Centenary for the National Championships festivities.

Tickets for the event are available at the Gold Dome door or by visiting www.gocentenary.com/gymnastics/usag.