Ladies ready for USAG meet
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – After having nearly three weeks off, the Centenary gymnastics team returns to competition Thursday at 1 p.m. at the USAG Collegiate Nationals.

The Ladies are in a four-team session with Texas Women’s University, William and Mary, and Air Force Academy. The top two teams from the afternoon session will make it to Friday’s team finals at 7 p.m. to compete for the National Championship.

The rotation for Centenary Thursday will be bars, beam, floor and vault.

“We are in a good session tomorrow and we will have to be at the top of our game in order to advance,” head coach Jackie Fain said. “All of the teams are close and it is going to be a very exciting competition.  I like our rotation order. It is probably the perfect order for this team and having vault last leaves me a little flexibility to strategize at the end of the meet if we are close coming down to the wire.”

Centenary has been hitting its stride the last few weeks of the season, recording three of its top four scores in the last three meets, highlighted by a season-best performance of 193.200 at the Gold Dome on Alumni Night March 10 against Illinois State and Chicago-Illinois.

“The team is looking awesome and had a very good practice today,” Fain said Wednesday afternoon. “They were extremely calm and focused. We were very efficient during our rotations. They have been showing a great amount of confidence the last week and a half of training.  We had a mock meet on Monday before we left Shreveport and we hit every one of our routines, including the alternates.”

Robyn Price and Jessica Lieblich will compete in the all-around as Price has a team-best 38.875 mark, tying Lieblich’s career mark. Lieblich’s season-best 38.750 set March 17 just misses her career mark. Price also tops the team charts with a 9.825 on the vault, followed by Amanda Holt and Christy Martinez, each at 9.75.

In her lone event, Stephanie Wright boasts a team-best 9.8 on the uneven bars while Ciara Maradiaga leads the Ladies at 9.825 on the balance beam. Meg Crowley’s 9.875 score on the floor exercise March 10 tops the team charts.