Ladies peaking at right time
Sunday, March 18, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Centenary didn’t need a win over Kentucky to send its three seniors out with a bang. The Ladies set two season highs and posted their second-highest score of the year Saturday night as the visiting Wildcats won 195.875-192.825.

The Ladies missed their season-best mark of 193.200 set last week. Head coach Jackie Fain thinks her Ladies are peaking at the right time.

“It was another great night for Centenary gymnastics,” she said. “It was a wonderful way to send the seniors out. Things are really coming together and we’re hitting our stride now.”

Centenary posted season highs on the bars with a 48.025 mark, just shy of Kentucky’s 48.975 score. The 48.575 showing on vault also eclipsed the previous season best.

Centenary had no individual event winners, but numerous Ladies posted career or season bests in the home finale. Robyn Price bested her career-high all-around score with a 38.750, matching Lieblich’s all-around performance. Price set a career mark on the vault at 9.825, joined by Christy Martinez’s new career mark of 9.725. Tawnee Hadd, Meg Crowley and Lieblich posted new season highs on vault with 9.550, 9.625 and 9.650, respectively.

Martinez also set a new career mark with a 9.600 on bars while Lieblich recorded a season-high 9.700. Price’s 9.650 on the beam was good enough for a new career standard.

The Ladies weren’t even at full strength in the meet and relied on a couple of last-minute changes and clutch performances.

Ciara Maradiaga posted a 9.675 score on the floor exercise and Hadd was a last-minute decision for the vault.

“They both had clutch performances,” Fain said. “We had a few things to battle through tonight and they fought hard through everything. I’m so proud and excited. We’re where we need to be for this point of the season. We’re ready to complete next week.”

The Ladies go to Chicago, Ill., next week for the Midwest Independent Conference Championships.