Ladies set to host a pair of meets this weekend
Thursday, February 7, 2013

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary women’s gymnastics team opens its 2013 home slate on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Gold Dome as the Ladies compete against the University of Alaska Anchorage and Winona State for a tri-meet. The meet is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Maroon and White conclude the weekend in a dual with UAA at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Following the Friday evening action, the head coach Jackie Fain and the Ladies will honor seniors Meg Crowley, Amanda Holt, Jessica Lieblich and Christy Martinez.

“We are ecstatic about being home at the Gold Dome for this weekend’s meets against Alaska Anchorage and Winona State,” said Fain. “Friday night will be very special for us with senior night festivities. We will honor four stellar gymnasts following the meet and it gives them a chance to showcase their talents.”

Last weekend, the squad turned in third place finish at Ball State with a score of 187.550. The Ladies placed only one performer in the top three of the all-around and one competitor in top five honors in individual medals. Jessica Lieblich placed second in the all-around with a season-high 38.025. The senior placed fifth on bars with a 9.725.

Fain looks for more of the same from the Maumelle, Ark., native commenting, “I look forward to seeing Jessica Lieblich perform. She is coming off a very good meet last weekend at Ball State and I can’t wait to see what she brings this week in front of the home fans.”

The Ladies have made changes to their routines entering the weekend action. New difficulty with uncertain injuries hasn’t dampened the spirits of the Ladies’ second-year head coach.

“If we come out and perform and do our jobs this weekend, we will have a chance to win both meets,” Fain added. “But we will have to do our jobs. It won’t be easy for us. They won’t just let us have the wins at home. We will have to perform. We’ve upgraded our vault routines so hopefully that will help boost our scores this weekend,” said Fain.

“Robyn (Price) is coming off an injury and we are still waiting to see how she feels this weekend,” Fain said. “If she isn’t able to perform for us it will give some of the new faces a chance to step up and show what they can do in the meets.”

The meets this weekend loom big for the program as later this season Centenary will host a pair of major gymnastic events on its home floor. The Midwest Independent Conference Championship will take place in the Gold Dome on March 23 at 5 p.m. The six schools from across four states will perform on the Centenary campus with the hopes of taking home the MIC title.

Following the MIC Championship, gymnastics action will return to the Gold Dome on for a three-day event. The USA Gymnastics National Championships are set to begin on Friday, Apr. 12 and run through Sunday, Apr. 14. The action begins at 2 p.m. on Friday with the first session followed by the second session at 7 p.m. Sunday’s finale is set for 1 p.m.

“These two meets are big for us, because they are our only two home meets before we host the conference championship and the national championships later this year,” stated Fain. “I think we will have big crowds this weekend and that will get people excited about the two bigger meets later on in the season. We need the fans to come out and support us this weekend and then return for the MIC Championship and USA Gymnastics Championships.”

Following this weekend's action Centenary returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 24 as the Ladies take part in a quad-meet in Denton, Texas. The meet is set for 7 p.m.