Gymnasts finish fourth
Sunday, February 5, 2012

Norman, Oklahoma (Feb. 3) – The Centenary gymnastics team finished fourth in a quad-meet at the University of Oklahoma on Friday night at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. The Ladies posted their second highest score of the year with a 188.60 while going up against three top-25 teams. Nebraska (#9) won the competition with a score of 196.75. Oklahoma (#5) finished second with a 196.475 while Minnesota (#25) placed third with 194.55.

Centenary began the meet on floor with Junior Jessica Lieblich (9.625) and Seniors Melody Smith and Lauren Carlton (9.55) leading the way.  The Ladies had two-season high scores on vault from Junior Christy Martinez (9.75) and senior Melody Smith (9.55). 

“We had two solid events on floor and vault,” said Centenary head coach Jackie Fain. “The team really pulled together to replace the injured Amanda Holt on those two events.”  

On bars Centenary delivered its second highest team score of the year led by Senior Stephanie Wright scoring a 9.625 and followed by Lieblich with a 9.55.  Centenary struggled on the balance beam as a team, but had two stellar performances from Junior Meg Crowley with a 9.625 and Senior Lauren Carlton at 9.55.

Lieblich once again led the team in the all-around and was joined for the first time in her collegiate career by Smith. 

 “We put together three good events Friday night, but beam got the better of us, “observed Fain. “ This was a big meet for Centenary.  We were competing with some real powerhouse teams in NCAA Women’s gymnastics, and we held our own.  It was a great experience for our team that will prepare us for the type of pressure our post-season will bring.”  

The Ladies will spend one more week-end on the road as they travel to Texas Woman’s next Saturday at 7 p.m. for a dual meet.  Their home schedule begins on Friday, February 17, at 6 p.m., with the annual “Flip for the Cure” breast cancer awareness meet.