Terps Beat Penn State in Home Opener

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College Park, Md. -  The Maryland gymnastics team beat the Penn State Nittany Lions in the team's first home meet of the season, winning 195.500-195.025, marking Maryland's second-ever win over Penn State and first since joining the Big Ten. 

"I'm really proud of the team's effort tonight. It is great to finally be able to compete at home and I think the girls could fell the crowd behind them tonight. I'm excited that our fans could see the young GymTerps in action tonight," said head coach Brett Nelligan

The GymTerps began the evening on vault, where freshman Audrey Barber posted a 9.800, a personal best, to share the event title. She led the team to a score of 48.725 on the apparatus. 

On bars, Barber and sophomore Alecia Farina led the team with a pair of 9.800s, followed by freshmen Karrie Thomas and Emilie LeBlanc who posted career-high scores with a pair of 9.775.

The Terps earned a 48.875 on beam, with Barber posting a 9.825 to place second followed by Thomas claiming a career-high of 9.800 on the event.

Floor was the Terps strongest event of the night, where the team posted a season high of 49.025. Barber placed second with a personal-best of 9.850, and sophomore Emma Johnson followed with her own personal-best of 9.800. 

Barber finished second in the all-around with a score of 39.275, followed by Farina in third with 39.150 and sophomore Kirsten Peterman with 38.925 in fourth. 

The GymTerps are back in action Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. as they welcome Iowa to the XFINITY Center. The meet will be aired on the Big Ten Network.