Ladies Take Second at CMU Quad Meet
Sunday, January 8, 2012
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.-The Centenary gymnastics team received a first-place showing by junior Meg Crowley on Floor and improved from their season debut to take second place at Central Michigan's Quad Meet, earning a team score of 187.500.

The Ladies (2-2) posted wins over Wisconsin-Eau Claire (178.000) and Wisconsin-La Crosse (182.375), but fell to host-Central Michigan (192.525).

Crowley led the way for Centenary, tallying the Ladies' top nod on the afternoon, despite several impressive scores throughout the day.

"The Ladies did an amazing job today. It was our second meet in two days, and they handled it like seasoned veterans. We were very focused throughout the competition and made a lot of corrections from our experience on Friday," said Fain.

Centenary opened the meet on Bars, scoring a 46.425, which was the largest improvement from Friday's meet at Western Michigan as it posted a 44.575. Leading the Ladies on Bars on Sunday was junior Christy Martinez with a 9.400, followed by sophomore Robyn Price's 9.375. Brittany Petzold earned first place for Central Michigan with a score of 9.825.

The Ladies moved to Beam for their second rotation, tallying a 46.400, led by junior Jessica Lieblich with a 9.600 to tie for third overall. She was followed by senior teammate Melody Smith's 9.550. Central Michigan's Taylor Noonan and Kyle Fager took top place with a 9.775.

Following Beam, Centenary took the Floor to score a 47.025 where Crowley grabbed top honors with her 9.700 score. Senior Lauren Carlton followed with a 9.550 for Centenary.

Centenary wrapped up the afternoon on the Vault, tallying a 47.650, the best score of the day. Price, Crowley and Martinez all led the Ladies with a 9.550. Central Michigan's Kari Dieffenderfer grabbed first with an impressive 9.900.

Lieblich competed as the only All-Arounder for the Ladies, taking fourth out of seven competitors. Lieblich scored a 9.500 on Vault, 9.275 on Bars, 9.600 on Beam, and a 9.125 on Floor to total 37.500.

Second-year head coach Jackie Fain earned her first two wins as Centenary's leader.

"The Ladies showed a lot of determination and fight today and we are off to a great start to our season. We are looking forward to a break next weekend to prepare for our next meet at TWU," said Fain.

Centenary will return to action on January 21 when it travels to Denton, Texas to compete in TWU's Quad Meet, featuring Oklahoma, Utah State, TWU, and Centenary. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 pm.