PREVIEW: Gymnastics Set for USAG Nationals in Colorado Springs
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary gymnastics team gears up for the 2011 USAG Collegiate Nationals held in Colorado Springs, Colo. on April 8-10 at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Competing in this year's event will be TWU, Bridgeport, Cornell, Centenary, Air Force, Temple, Pennsylvania, and Seattle Pacific. Centenary landed a fourth place seeding in the competition with its 190.940 RQS score.

Session I of the event on Friday will take place at 3 pm CT, followed by Session II at 8 pm CT. The Ladies will be a part of Session I on Friday, along with Bridgeport, Seattle Pacific and Temple.

The competition will continue on Saturday at 8 pm CT and Sunday at 3 pm CT. The top two teams from each semifinal session will advance to the team finals on Saturday, April 9, at 8 pm CT. The top 10 finishers (including ties) on each event from Friday's semifinals will qualify for the individual event finals on Sunday, April 10, at 3 pm CT.

Fans can stay connected to the event at www.goairforcefalcons.com.

Under Goerlitz, the Ladies recorded five wins this season, including a first place victory at Alaska in their last regular season meet. The team's best score came in that win as Centenary notched a season-high 192.575.

"Our team strategy is to perform good gymnastics, hit our routines, and be able to focus on the details.  We are not worrying about what the other teams do or how they compete, as long as we do our best we will walk away knowing we were successful," said Goerlitz.

Highlighting the season individually was sophomore Jessica Lieblich, as her regional qualifying score landed her an individual spot at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional last week as an All-Around competitor. Lieblich paced the Ladies all season with a 38.059 season average in all four events.

On Vault this year, sophomore Christy Martinez led Centenary with a 9.670 average, while Amanda Holt's 9.663 was second-best despite being sidelined most of the season due to injury.

Senior Makensie Lant paced the squad on Bars for the second straight year with a 9.658 average, while Lieblich was next with a 9.608.

After firing off two impressive final season performances on Beam, Lieblich earned a season average of 9.361 to lead the Ladies, while senior Maille Vetros was close behind with a 9.345.

Senior Marisa Schneider shined as the Ladies top Floor competitor, averaging a 9.650 on the season, while junior Melody Smith was second with a 9.475.

Gearing up for competition, there will be six Ladies competing in each event.

"Since we have returned from conference we have had only the top seven competitors training on each event.  At this point the team knows who will be warming up on each event and for the most part know the order, but of course there could be some surprises!  I compete the top six athletes that week and that day," said Goerlitz.

The Ladies are coming off a fifth place finish out of five teams at the MIC Championships. With that behind them, Centenary looks to build on its overall successful season.

"In order to be successful this weekend, my team needs to just do the gymnastics they are capable of doing.  We are looking to hit our routines and all remain on the same page in doing so!  Everyone knows their role by now; they all know what they need, so it comes down to determination and putting in that good mental focus," said Goerlitz.