Each week during the 2013-14 season a Maryland student-athlete, who has shown excellence on and off the playing field, will be selected as the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week. This week's Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week is junior Stephanie Giameo of the Maryland gymnastics team.
By Katherine O’Toole, Maryland Athletics Media Relations
Stephanie Giameo portrays the qualities that every coach dreams of. She practices hard, she stays positive and she looks to inspire and encourage her teammates daily. Rarely seen without a smile on her face, the junior captain of the Maryland gymnastics team wants nothing more than to be a good influence and a good asset to her team.
“I try to be a role model that I would like to have for myself,” Giameo said. This is an important part of what makes her such a great leader of the team.
The team has faced a number of injuries this season, including a torn Achilles to fellow captain Katy Dodds. Injuries open up doors for other gymnasts to step up, and most significantly for freshmen to have the opportunity to compete in more events. The transition into collegiate gymnastics is not always easy, and freshmen often look for guidance in their teammates.
“I try to set a good example for them,” Giameo said. “Staying positive is one of my stronger aspects and when they see me positive and confident, it helps them be the same.”
In the team’s most recent meets, the Terps maintained an undefeated record at home with victories in a quad meet and a tri meet. Giameo won the all-around title in both meets.
In an important Monday night showdown against conference opponents George Washington, Pittsburgh and Towson, she performed well across the board and notched a season-best 39.225 all-around score. She had top-two finishes in three of her events.
Giameo won bars with a 9.775, hit a team-high 9.825 on vault for second, and scored a 9.850 on beam for second. On floor, she hit a 9.775 for eighth place.
The Terps had a quick turnaround to a Saturday meet in which they defeated Bowling Green and Yale. Giameo notched a season-best 9.875 for first place on beam. She also posted a team-best 9.800 on vault for third. She rounded out her events with fourth and fifth place finishes on floor and bars, respectively.
If you ask her what has inspired her performances in these last two crucial wins, she simply explains that it all comes back to being a team. Her teammates and their performances help to encourage her, and vice versa.
“There’s been consistency as a team, which is really key for individual performance,” Giameo said. “Keeping our confidence high is really what’s been helping us stick together and helping to get our momentum going.”
At the end of the day, Terp of the Week honors mean a lot to athletes like Giameo, who work hard day in and day out to make their school proud.
“It’s an honor to receive this. I put a lot of heart and pride into my team and this school so I love representing Maryland.”