The Maryland gymnastics team travels down the road to Washington, D.C., Monday evening for a tri-meet at George Washington with New Hampshire. This will be the Terps’ second time facing each of these opponents.
Maryland (8-5, 4-4 EAGL) has a quick turnaround from a third-place finish in a quad-meet at NC State Friday night. The Wolfpack won the meet, followed by Pittsburgh, Maryland and William & Mary. Maryland’s defeat of William & Mary marked the first victory the Terps have secured on the road this season.
The last time Maryland and George Washington met was in a quad-meet at Comcast Center on Feb. 10. The Terps swept the meet defeating the Colonials, Pittsburgh and Towson. George Washington finished third defeating Towson, but falling to Maryland and Pittsburgh.
In the meet, Maryland totaled a season-best 195.225 team score as they dominated throughout the competition. Stephanie Giameo won the all-around.
In the Terps’ previous competition with New Hampshire on Feb. 1, Maryland suffered a road loss. Karen Tang had a career night in the meet winning vault, bars and floor. She recorded career-best 9.900s on vault and floor. She has competed in the all-around in the team’s last three meets.
Her sister, Kathy Tang, competed on bars and vault, but was pulled from additional events after jamming her ankle. She returned to competition in a Feb. 21 meet against North Carolina competing only on bars, and returned to vault as well in the team’s most recent meet on Friday.
In the EAGL rankings released Feb. 25, the Terps are ranked fifth with an average score of 193.829 and an RQS of 193.580.
Scouting the Colonials
In the EAGL rankings, George Washington is sixth in the conference, averaging 193.261 with an RQS of 193.435.
In the team’s initial meeting on Feb. 10, Kayla Carto finished behind Giameo in the all-around competition. Carto is ranked fifth in the all-around in the EAGL, while Giameo ranks fourth. George Washington’s Chelsea Raineri won vault, followed by Maryland’s Giameo and Nikola Chung. Raineri is tied for first in the conference on vault. Kiera Kenney ranks fifth on bars.
Scouting the Wildcats
In the EAGL rankings, New Hampshire is third in the conference, averaging 193.961 points and posting an RQS of 194.085. Hannah Barile is ranked fifth on vault. UNH’s Kayla Gray is ranked third on beam behind Maryland’s Stephanie Giameo.
In the first meeting on Feb. 1, Maryland had individual wins in each event, but New Hampshire edged out the Terps. Barile finished second on floor and third on vault. In the all-around, Meghan Pflieger edged out Giameo 39.100 to 39.025.
For live stats of the meet, visit http://www.gwsports.com/livestats/w-gym/030314.html. Fans can also follow @TerpsGymnastics on Twitter for updates.