Terps Host GW, Pitt and Towson in EAGL Showdown

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The Maryland gymnastics team hosts George Washington, Pittsburgh and Towson in a quad meet Monday at Comcast Center at 7 p.m. In the Terps’ second home meet of the season, they look forward to competing against three EAGL conference opponents in front of their home fans.

“We’re excited to be back home in front of the best gymnastics fans in the country,” head coach Brett Nelligan said.

Last weekend in its loss at New Hampshire, Maryland (1-3, 0-2 EAGL) set a number of season-high scores. Inspired by a career performance from Karen Tang, the Terps notched season-high team scores overall, on vault and on bars.

Additionally, Karen Tang set two career-high scores on vault and floor with a pair of 9.900s. Those are both also team-high scores for the season. Elizabethe Manzi’s career-high 9.850 on beam notched another team-high score and Stephanie Giameo’s 39.025 all-around was a season-high score for her, as well as the highest for Maryland in 2014.

Kathy Tang also had strong performances on two events last weekend finishing second behind her sister, Karen, on bars and vault, but jammed her ankle and had to be pulled from the final two rotations. She is listed as doubtful to compete on Monday.

In EAGL rankings, Kathy Tang is currently fourth on vault averaging 9.837. Giameo ranks fifth on beam averaging 9.781.

Scouting the Colonials (4-6, 0-3 EAGL)

George Washington is coming off of losses to Rutgers and William & Mary Sunday afternoon and will have a quick turn around to College Park Monday. To start the season, the Colonials swept their season opener defeating Cornell, Temple and Penn. The next meets of the season featured a quad meet, in which George Washington fell to Rutgers and Kent State, but defeated Eastern Michigan. The Colonials followed that meet with a loss to both West Virginia and Towson in a tri meet.

George Washington’s Chelsea Raineri is the top ranked gymnast on vault in the EAGL. She averages a score of 9.875. Raineri is also ranked third on floor averaging 9.833.

Monday’s meet will give George Washington a chance to rematch Towson and make up for the earlier loss in its only EAGL competition of the season.

Scouting the Panthers (3-1, 2-1 EAGL)

Pittsburgh fell to North Carolina last weekend in the team’s first loss of the season. Prior to that, the Panthers defeated Towson, Michigan State and New Hampshire. The Panthers are the highest-ranked EAGL team in the quad meet at fourth behind NC State, Rutgers and North Carolina. The Panthers average a team score of 193.575.

Pittsburgh’s Katie O’Rourke is ranked fifth on beam in the EAGL, tied with Maryland’s Stephanie Giameo and New Hampshire’s Kayla Gray. They all average 9.781. O’Rourke is also ranked fifth on floor with a 9.825 average. Teammate Lindsay Offutt ranks fourth.

Scouting the Tigers (4-5, 1-3 EAGL)

Towson will get a chance to seek revenge against Pittsburgh, who the Tigers fell to in their first meet of the season. Towson also faced losses to Michigan, NC State and North Carolina in a quad meet. The Tigers responded by winning a quad meet and defeating West Chester, Southern Connecticut and Centenary. Most recently, Towson fell to West Virginia but defeated EAGL foe George Washington in a tri meet.

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