Ladies Debut Good Showing in Ozone Collegiate Classic
Saturday, January 19, 2013 | by Nathan Yacovissi

Knoxville, Tenn. – The Centenary gymnastics team opened its 2013 competition season Friday, taking on Eau Claire Blugolds, Wisconsin Oshkosh, and UW-Stout Blue Devils in the Ozone Collegiate Classic.  The Ladies placed 2nd as a team (184.275) right behind Eau Claire Blugolds (184.600) who won overall. Centenary would notch wins over UW-Stout Blue Devils (180.800) and Wisconsin Oshkosh (181.450).

Meg Crowley led the Ladies in the All-Around (36.975) for third place, and notched top three individual medals in three of four events she competed; including Centenary’s lone first-place showing which came on floor (9.725). Robyn Price would also place in the top five for the Ladies in All-Around (36.475).

“It is exciting to compete in the first ever Ozone Collegiate Classic meet, which is associated with the Ozone Invitational age group meet, one of the largest gymnastics invitationals in the country,” Head Coach Jackie Fain said. “We went up against three other DIII teams, all of whom have at least one meet under their belts already this season.”

There were plenty of top three individual performers for Centenary. Crowley finished her big night receiving two third place individuals on vault (9.475) and beam (9.550). Jessica Lieblich notched third place finishes on vault (9.475) and bars (9.325).

Christy Martinez took second on vault (9.525) and Tawnee Hadd placed third on beam (9.550) with a career high score. Making her college debut, Stephanie Strickler nailed an excellent bars routine that got her 2nd place (9.400).

According to Fain, the Ladies brought big feats entering this weekend. “Crowley competed bars for the first time in her collegiate career, which made her an all-around contender along with Lieblich and Price. Martinez debuted a new bar routine and four Ladies competed in their first meets: freshmen Megan Desjardins and Strickler, and sophomores Sylvia Keiter and Noel Stubbs.”   

The Ladies continue action next Friday, January 25 as they take on Southeast Missouri on the road with competition slated to begin 6:30 p.m.