Gymnastics opens 2014 season on Friday at LSU
Thursday, January 9, 2014

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary gymnastics team opens the 2014 season on Friday, Dec. 10 as the Ladies travel to Louisiana State University. The event is slated for 7 p.m.

“We are excited to get our 2014 campaign underway at LSU,” said 2013 Midwest Independent Coach of the Year Jackie Fain. “It is a great opportunity for us to be able to compete on such a grand scale our first meet of the season.”

Fain returns 11 gymnasts from a season ago including three seniors, two juniors and six sophomores. The squad is highlighted by Robyn Price and Stephanie Strickler as Fain also looks forward to key contributions from Sylvia Keiter and Tawnee Hadd.

“Senior Robyn Price and sophomore Stephanie Strickler should lead the way for the Ladies,” Fain stated. “I am looking for both of them to have a strong showing this weekend.  I am also looking forward to having junior Sylvia Keiter back in the line-ups this season after she missed most of last season with an injury and senior Tawnee Hadd should be a steady competitor for us again this year. There are a few key players out right now, but we may see junior Natalie Humbert back in action either Friday or next week at Illinois.”

Humbert returns to the squad after missing the 2013 season.

“This team has both youth and experience. We have just under half of our routines that competed for a national championship last year; they know what it takes and they will bring that experience with them to the competition floor,” Fain said.

The Ladies look to replace Meg Crowley, Amanda Holt, Jessica Lieblich and Christy Martinez who departed the program last season, due to graduation, after leading the Ladies to a third place at the USA Gymnastics National Championships.

Sophomore Hannah Dee Smith along with freshmen Jordan Anderson, Megan Frazzini, Saxon Reaux and Allison Scates make up the new faces for the program this season.   

“We will have a lot of inexperience on the competition floor, but they are fighters,” Fain said. “The beginning of the season is going to be a little bit of a chess game as we try to figure out what our best line-ups will be, but I am anticipating some good competition among our underclassmen as they fight for their spots in line-up and aspire to compete like the more experienced athletes. “

The 2014 slate features nine meets this season including a home outing against MIC foe Southeast Missouri State University on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Gold Dome.

“Our schedule is a tough one this year; my hope is that it will push us to be better earlier in the year as we compete against some fierce competition,” Fain stated. “I am looking forward to seeing how this team develops over the next few weeks.”

Following the meet at LSU, the Ladies travel to the University of Illinois on Jan. 18.