Lieblich Earns All-Around Bid to NCAA Regionals
Saturday, April 2, 2011
SHREVEPORT-Sophomore Jessica Lieblich continues to garner recognition as the Ladies' top All-Around performer on the Centenary gymnastics team as she earned a spot in the Tuscaloosa NCAA Regional competition held on Saturday, April 2 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at 6 pm CT.

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Lieblich was one of five All-Arounders selected to this Regional that were not a part of a qualifying team. Her regional qualifying score of 38.059 was high enough to place her among the elite in the country as an individual as six regions will take place.

"It's a great opportunity for Jessica Lieblich to gain some experience at a premiere gymnastics competition as well as be a strong representation of our school and our gymnastics team. I am excited for her and the opportunity she has earned and I look forward to the competition day," said head coach Gretchen Goerlitz.

The Little Rock, Arkansas native showcased her best season yet with career-best scores in every event as a sophomore. Lieblich's season-high All-Around score of 38.875 came in the second dual meet held in Alaska on March 12. With that score, she earned first place honors, the first of her career.

Season high scores:
9.650 (twice) last coming at UAA on March 12
Bars: 9770 at UAA on March 12
Beam: 9.775 at SEMO on March 6
Floor: 9.775 at UAA on March 12

Lieblich competed as an All-Arounder in every meet except one for Centenary. The dual meet at UAA proved to be her career-best as she posted two first place finishes on Beam and two in the All-Around competition during the trip to Anchorage, Alaska. With that effort, Lieblich was named the Midwest Independent Conference Specialist of the Week, a first for Centenary under Goerlitz.

She has proven her individual skills and has helped the Ladies to five wins this season, including an impressive 192.575 score at UAA in their final regular season meet of the year.

"The Ladies gymnastics team continues to build each year with greater team chemistry, harder work ethics, and more consistent gymnastics. It's truly a great time to be a Centenary Lady," said Goerlitz.

Goerlitz, in her second season as head coach has guided the Ladies to the USAG National Competition following Lieblich's visit to the NCAA Regional.

"While the rest of the team will be preparing for our USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals event the following weekend, Jessica will have a different experience of representing her whole team and school at the NCAA Regional competition in Tuscaloosa, Alabama the weekend before. She will be able to come back and share her knowledge and experience as the team puts on the finishing touches before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the USAG Collegiate Nationals competition," said Goerlitz.

The Ladies will be back in action at the USAG Nationals, which will take place on April 8-10 in Colorado Springs, Colo.