Terps Post Season-Best Road Score in Quad-Meet

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RALEIGH, N.C. The Maryland gymnastics team finished third in a quad-meet at NC State on Friday night. The Terps posted a 194.775, which is the team’s highest score on the road and third-best overall this season.

Maryland (8-5, 4-4 EAGL) defeated William & Mary. Host NC State won the meet with Pittsburgh close behind finishing second.

“The team did a great job fighting tonight,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “We were in a lot of tough situations with one fall, but they stuck together and worked their way out of it.”

Karen Tang and Stephanie Giameo competed in the all-around scoring 38.975 and 38.925 for sixth and seventh, respectively. NC State’s Brittni Watkins won the all-around with a total score of 39.400.

“Steph and Karen did a really good job of rallying the team when we needed it,” Nelligan said.

In the first rotation of the night, Shannon Skochko tied for eighth as she notched a season-best 9.775 on beam to earn Maryland’s highest mark on the event. Elizabethe Manzi was close behind with a 9.750 for 11th and Karen Tang hit a 9.725 for 14th.

In the second rotation, captains Giameo and Ebony Walters both hit strong routines earning team-high 9.825s to tie for seventh place. Karen Tang added a 9.800 for ninth.

Kathy Tang returned to competition on vault tonight nailing a team-best 9.800 to tie for fifth. After suffering an injury earlier this month, she missed two meets and then returned last week solely on bars. Karen Tang and Giameo both added 9.750s on the event.

Maryland faced a deficit entering the final rotation and immediately put on a show by posting top marks in the first three routines on bars. Manzi fed off her momentum from beam and led off for the Terps and stuck her dismount for a 9.800 that earned her third place. Jessie Black, who scored a personal-best last weekend, continued with that energy and finished sixth with a 9.775. Sarah Faller followed up third in the rotation with a huge 9.725 for 10th.

“Liz Manzi had a great night,” Nelligan said. “She came up big for us after a fall on beam and gave us a big score to start on bars.”

Looking forward, Maryland has a quick turnaround when it travels down the road Monday to Washington, D.C., for a tri-meet at George Washington with New Hampshire. The meet is set to start at 7 p.m.