The Maryland gymnastics team looks to extend its 6-0 record at Comcast Center this season when it welcomes EAGL opponent North Carolina at 7 p.m. on Friday. This is the second meeting of the teams this season.
Maryland (6-3, 3-2 EAGL) is coming off wins in its last two meets, the first being a crucial quad-meet against EAGL competitors George Washington, Pittsburgh and Towson. The second and most recent meet was a tri-meet with Bowling Green and Yale. Stephanie Giameo won the all-around in both.
Maryland averages 193.646 points per meet this season, just ahead of Carolina’s 193.642. In the Terps’ last two meets, they have posted scores of 195.225 and 194.675.
In the initial meeting between the Terps and the Tar Heels, Maryland was handed a loss in Chapel Hill, N.C. Maryland posted higher scores on vault and floor, but lost the meet 194.900 to 192.300.
The Terps had individual victories on two events, one of which was Giameo’s win on beam. UNC’s Janell Sargent, who is tied with Giameo in EAGL rankings averaging 9.808 on beam, finished second on the event.
In the meet, trouble on beam and the emotional effects of senior Katy Dodds tearing her Achilles in warm-ups took a toll on the team, but they look to comeback Friday night with a vengeance.
Scouting the Tar Heels (5-6, 4-3 EAGL)
Carolina is coming off a third-place finish at the Sweetheart Invitational in Raleigh, N.C., last weekend. The Tar Heels defeated William & Mary, but fell to EAGL foes George Washington and NC State. The team notched a total score of 193.650. Carolina posted its highest score of the season, 194.800, in a win against Pittsburgh in January.
In current EAGL rankings, Haley Watts is fourth on bars averaging 9.788 and third in the all-around averaging 38.950. Sargent is tied with Maryland’s Giameo on beam, both averaging 9.808.
Live stats will be available through umterps.com once the meets begins. For a fee, fans can watch on Terps TV. Fans can also follow @TerpsGymnastics on Twitter for updates.