Terps Post Season High 195.800 in Home Finale

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Led by a career-best all-around performance from freshman Alecia Farina, the Maryland gymnastics team earned a season-high 195.800 to win the Maryland Five Meet on Wednesday.

The Terps picked up wins over New Hampshire (195.275), Temple (194.400), West Chester (193.225) and William & Mary (191.050). Maryland has scored over a 195 in seven straight meets and hasn't counted a fall in that span. The Terps went 24-for-24 on Wednesday.

"I'm so proud of the team and how they went out and left everything out there," head coach Brett Nelligan said. "They showed consistency across the board, competed with confidence and attacked every event. It was a great show in our last home meet of the season."

Farina earned a 39.225 to earn the all-around title. Freshman Kirsten Peterman also set a career high in the all-around with a 39.125.

Senior Emily Brauckmuller and sophomore Amanda Bertorello tied for the floor title with a pair of 9.850s. Junior Evelyn Nee and Farina tied for third on bars with a 9.825.

After a bye in the first rotation, the Terps began the meet on vault. Freshman Morgan Bixler led Maryland with a 9.800 while Brauckmuller, Farina and senior Sarah Faller earned 9.775s.

The Terps moved to bars, where Faller and Farina led off with 9.775s. Nee and Farina anchored the event with 9.825s.

Peterman led off on beam with a 9.800, which Farina matched in the third spot. Sophomore Shynelle Agaran led the Terps with a 9.825 while Nee posted a 9.800.

Maryland finished the meet on floor, where the Terps scored a 49.125. Sophomore Megan McClelland started the team off with a 9.775 and Peterman followed with a 9.825. After senior Leah Slobodin scored a 9.750, Bertorello notched a 9.850. Farina tallied a 9.825 and Brauckmuller anchored with a 9.850.

The Terps will return to competition next Saturday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in the Big Five meet. Maryland will face Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan State and Ohio State in Champaign, Ill. The Big Five, which will be televised on the Big Ten Network, serves as a qualifier for the Big Ten Championship.