Ladies hit stride Saturday night
Sunday, March 11, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Meg Crowley posted a career-best 9.875 on the floor exercise Saturday night to vault Centenary to its best showing of the year with a 193.200 score at the three-team meet dubbed Alumni Night.

The University of Illinois Chicago finished the meet in first with a 193.675 mark while Illinois State (192.950) finished third.

The mark topped its previous season-best of 191.475 against Texas Women’s University, Oklahoma and Utah State Jan. 21 and the Ladies posted season bests on beam (48.600), bars (47.525) and floor exercise (48.600).

“We finally hit our stride this week,” Centenary head coach Jackie Fain said. “This is the team that I see in the gym every day. They finally have gotten comfortable and confident in the competition arena and that’s what happened tonight.”

Crowley’s mark bested UIC’s Chantel Turk’s 9.825 as she improved from 9.850 score Feb. 11 against TWU.

“Meg is just a work horse and all of her work is paying off,” Fain said. “She really hit her floor routine tonight.”

Ciara Maradiaga grabbed Centenary’s other win with a 9.800 score on the balance beam, falling just short of her career high, 9.825. Jessica Leiblich finished in a three-way tie for third with a 9.725 showing, helping the junior to a fifth-place finish in the all-around results with a 37.900.

Teammate Robyn Price finished second in the all-around performance with a 38.875 showing, second to UIC’s Andrea Skala (39.050). More importantly, Price shattered her previous career high of 37.725 by more than a full point.

“This was only her second time to do the all-around performance and she was just phenomenal,” Fain said. “She’s really becoming a solid competitor.”

Christy Martinez and Amanda Holt finished tied for third with 9.750 scores on the vault. Martinez matched her season high Saturday night as Holt improved from her 9.725 score.

Stephanie Wright grabbed a third-place finish on the uneven parallel bars with a season-best 9.800 mark, just ahead of Price’s 9.775, which is a career best for the sophomore from Memphis, Ark. UIC’s Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette won the bars with a score of 9.900.

The Ladies return to action March 17, hosting the University of Kentucky in their home finale before competing at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships March 24 in Chicago, Ill.