Jan. 26, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 14 Maryland gymnastics team set numerous individual records on its way to a 195.300-194.425 victory in the first home meet of the season against North Carolina.
The Terps are undefeated through three weeks, and started their home schedule with a win.
"If you come in our gym, one of our goals is to go undefeated in the conference and to go undefeated at home, so we're on track," said head coach Brett Nelligan.
The Terps (4-0-1, 2-0-1 EAGL) started in their best event of the season: vault. Sophomore Stephanie Giameo tied her personal best with a 9.775, and senior Ally Krikorian and junior Katy Dodds each scored 9.900s. Krikorian and Dodds are ranked 19th and first in the nation, respectively, on the apparatus. Maryland led 49.175-48.575 over the Tar Heels after the first event.
Giameo set a new personal record (9.800) and senior Kesley Cofsky tied her personal best (9.825) as the Terps competed on uneven bars. Junior Karen Tang led the meet on bars, scoring a 9.850. Maryland held its lead halfway through the event, 98.250-96.700.
"I'm happy with the play and the way they came out, especially in the first half," said Nelligan. "We came out of the gates really fast, really strong and really charged, and that's something we have to do, is getting off to a good start. We just have to maintain it all the way through."
Junior Ebony Walters set a new personal best as the Terps moved to the balance beam. Walters scored a 9.700, along with Cofsky and Krikorian. Giameo, ranked first in the nation, led the event with a 9.850. Maryland led the meet, 146.950-145.625, heading into the final event.
The Terps finished the night on floor. Krikorian, who is 16th in the nation on floor, led the meet with a 9.900. The Tar Heels nearly caught up to Maryland, finishing strong on beam with a 48.800. The Terps stepped up to finish the event and came out with the win.
"We fizzled a little bit at the end, but what I know about this team is they learn from everything," said Nelligan. "When they're in the situation again, I have no doubt they'll close the deal."
North Carolina's Elizabeth Durkac narrowly won the all-around title. With a 39.200, Durkac posted strong scores on floor and uneven bars, and didn't score under a 9.775 on any event. Freshman Kathy Tang scored a 39.150 to finish second. Tang scored a 9.750 or higher in each event.The Terps face North Carolina again in their next meet as they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. on Feb. 2 at 5 p.m.