March 1, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 23 Maryland gymnastics team put together another strong performance on vault as junior Katy Dodds won gold in the event, but the Terps ultimately fell to No. 11 Auburn, 195.300-196.825, Friday night.
"I thought the team did a great job in a really tough environment," said head coach Brett Nelligan. "I was pleased how they kept their composure and fought for every tenth."
Maryland began the evening on uneven bars. Junior Karen Tang posted a 9.825 to pace the Terps in the event.
The second rotation brought on vault, Maryland's best event of the season. Junior Katy Dodds, ranked third nationally on vault, earned a meet-high 9.925 to take gold, and senior Ally Krikorian scored a 9.825. The Terps posted a 49.000 for their highest event score of the night.
Dodds paced the Terps again on floor with a 9.875, while junior Ebony Walters posted a 9.825. Maryland earned a 48.975 in their second-best event of the night.
The Terps moved on to balance beam to finish the meet. Sophomore Stephanie Giameo, ranked fourth nationally on beam, earned a team-best 9.875, while senior Kesley Cofsky garnered a 9.775.
Giameo led the Terps in the all-around. The sophomore scored a 39.075 to place third behind Auburn's Caitlin Atkinson and Petrina Yokay. Cofsky tallied a 38.975, and Tang posted a 38.800 in her first all-around of the season.
The Terps compete in their last home meet of the season against Central Michigan and Yale at Comcast Center on March 10 at 5 p.m.