Terps Set for Season-Opening Intrasquad

Dec. 5, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland gymnastics team debuts its 2012-13 team Friday night with the annual Red and Black Intrasquad at 7 p.m. in Comcast Pavilion.

"The Red versus Black meet is always a great event,” said fourth-year head coach Brett Nelligan. “It really helps us prepare by getting the team out in front of a crowd and creating that competition-type atmosphere. This is also a great way for our fans to see our talented freshmen as well as upgrades we've made with the upperclassmen."

The meet is open to all fans and will be the first chance to view a squad that features 2012 All-EAGL First Team members senior Ally Krikorian and juniors Katy Dodds and Karen Tang, along with four freshmen in their first competition as Terrapins.

Maryland softball assistant coach Amber Jackson and volleyball coach Christie Landry will serve as celebrity coaches for the event. Numerous student-athletes, including Maryland football’s Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis and women’s basketball’s Sequoia Austin, will serve as celebrity judges.

Admission is free and all fans are invited to an autograph session with the Maryland gymnasts after the event.

The Black Squad

Jessie Black
Notes: Black competed on bars in all 13 meets, finishing 17th in the event at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. Black was named to the EAGL All-Academic team and received the Most Improved Award at the team banquet at the end of 2012 season.

Kesley Cofsky
Notes: Cofsky earned Second Team EAGL All-Tournament honors on bars and floor last season. A competitor on vault, bars and floor in all 13 meets, Cofsky placed in the top 15 on bars and top 20 on the floor at the EAGL Championships.

Stephanie Giameo
Notes: Giameo earned 2012 All-EAGL second team honors on beam and was named to the EAGL All-Academic Team in her first year as a Terp.

Emily Heller
Notes: Heller competed on vault in nine meets, scoring a personal-best of 9.700. Heller was the 2011 Gymnast of the Year in the state of Maryland.

Haley Jones
Notes: Jones competed for First State Gymnastics prior to joining the Terps. Jones won gold on beam at the 2011 U.S. Junior Olympic National Invitational.
Ally Krikorian
Notes: A First Team All-EAGL member on vault and floor exercise, Krikorian took the gold at the 2012 EAGL Championships on floor.

Karen Tang
Notes: Tang earned All-EAGL first team honors on bars, as well as the All-EAGL Academic Team in her first season of collegiate competition.

Alex Zimmerman
Notes: Zimmerman competed for Skyline Gymnastics for 10 years before joining the Terps.

The Red Squad

Katy Dodds
Notes: Dodds competed in all 13 meets on vault, floor and bars. Dodds was named to the All-EAGL vault and floor first teams, and she was awarded with EAGL Team MVP honors.

Elizabeth Garcia
Notes: In 2010, the Terrapin sophomore placed fourth on the bars at the Junior Olympic Nationals and third in the all-around at the regionals.

Dani Kram
Notes: Kram did not compete last season, but was named to the EAGL All-Academic Team. She was the Timex Award recipient at the team banquet.

Elizabethe Manzi
Notes: Manzi competed on bars in all 13 meets, and on beam in 11 meets. She earned All-EAGL bars second team honors and was named to the EAGL All-Academic team.

Bailey Philbin
Notes: Philbin competed for Hills Gymnastics for 12 years before becoming a Terp. Philbin qualified for Junior Olympic Nationals twice in high school.

Shannon Skochko
Notes: Skochko appeared in all 13 meets on beam, finishing in the top 20 at the EAGL Championships and earning Second Team EAGL All-Tournament honors.

Kathy Tang
Notes: Tang competed for Daggett Gymnastics for 12 years and was a member of the Junior Olympic National Team before arriving in College Park.

Ebony Walters
Notes: Walters competed on floor in 12 meets, including the EAGL Championships and NCAA Fayetteville Regional. Walters earned Second Team EAGL All-Tournament honors on floor.

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