The Maryland gymnastics team travels south this weekend to Raleigh, N.C. to take on NC State, Pittsburgh and William & Mary in a quad meet Friday night at 7 p.m.
Maryland (7-3, 4-2 EAGL), which is undefeated at Comcast Center, is going on the road after three consecutive meets at home. They have not seen a loss since Feb. 1 at New Hampshire. This weekend, the Terps look for their first road victory of the season.
Stephanie Giameo has won the all-around in three consecutive meets, and the beam title in the most recent two where she hit season-high 9.875s in both. Giameo ranks second in the EAGL conference on beam, behind NC State’s Brittni Watkins.
Karen Tang, who has competed in the all-around in the past two meets, has set personal records on floor and vault this season. She hit her personal-record of a 9.900 on floor for the second time this season last weekend. She is expected to compete all-around again this weekend. She currently ranks second on floor in the EAGL conference, also behind Watkins.
Her sister, Kathy Tang, returned to competition last weekend on bars, but has yet to participate in other events since jamming her ankle on Feb. 1. She is expected to perform on bars this weekend, but her injury remains day-to-day and it is uncertain when she will be able to perform on other events. In the first three meets of the season she was in the rotation for vault, bars and floor and in two of those she also performed on beam as an all-around competitor. In the fourth meet of the season at New Hampshire, head coach Brett Nelligan was forced to pull her from the meet after two rotations. Her performance on bars in last weekend's meet was her first performance since the injury.
The Terps' most recent victory came in a rematch against North Carolina last weekend. Maryland saw individual wins on each event and had two gymnasts notch personal-best scores.
In EAGL rankings, Maryland is fifth as a team. Nationally, the Terps rank 40th based on RQS.
Scouting the Wolfpack
NC State leads EAGL team rankings in RQS and team score. Watkins ranks first on three events as well as first all-around in the conference. The team is 26th nationally.
Last season, Maryland and NC State tied in Maryland’s season opener. The two teams met again in February where the Terps defeated the Wolfpack, 195.150 to 194.600. In the 2013 EAGL Championships, NC State edged out Maryland for the victory.
Scouting the Panthers
Pittsburgh, the No. 4 team in the conference, has the No. 4 gymnast on beam and the No. 3 and 4 gymnasts on floor in EAGL rankings. Nationally, the team ranks 38th.
The Terps hosted the Panthers in a quad meet earlier this season where Maryland defeated Pittsburgh, 195.225 to 194.900. The Panthers took second in the meet defeating George Washington and Towson.
Scouting the Tribe
William & Mary ranks 54th nationally. The Tribe has previously competed against NC State twice this season and fell to the Wolfpack both times. In William & Mary’s most recent meet, the Tribe defeated Towson, but fell to New Hampshire in a tri-meet.
William & Mary is a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Last week, Brittany Stover and Olivia O’Connor both won conference weekly honors for Gymnast of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
The meet can be seen live on ESPN3 and live stats will be available at http://www.gopack.com/livestats/w-gym/w-gym/20140228.htm. Fans can also follow @TerpsGymnastics on Twitter for updates.