Feb. 15, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 18 Maryland women's gymnastics team plays host to West Virginia and Rutgers for its annual Pink Meet on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. at Comcast Center.
The Terps (7-1-1, 5-1-1 EAGL) scored a 195.150 to beat EAGL-rivals NC State, New Hampshire and Towson in the team's last meet on Feb. 8. The team, ranked sixth nationally, continued its dominance on vault, tying the overall team record with 49.300. Junior Katy Dodds and senior Ally Krikorian, ranked fourth and 12th nationally on the apparatus, respectively, both earned 9.925s.
Maryland finished the meet with its strongest performance on floor of the season. Freshman Alex Zimmermann, senior Kesley Cofsky and Dodds each set personal records on floor, and Krikorian and sophomore Stephanie Giameo tied personal bests. Dodds nailed her routine to score a 9.950, including a 10 from one of the judges.
Giameo won her first all-around, scoring a 39.200. The sophomore never scored less than a 9.725, including a 9.875 on balance beam.
The Terps faced West Virginia and Rutgers last season in the Pink Meet. West Virginia narrowly beat Maryland, and Rutgers placed fourth.
Breast Cancer Awareness
The Maryland gymnastics team hosts the annual Pink Meets to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. Last season, the Terps helped raise over $30,000 for the Pink Ribbons Project. At last year's Pink Meet, Maryland collected $3,779.95 through t-shirt sales and donations.
The team will wear pink leotards, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause.
TerpsTV will broadcast the meet live beginning at 5 p.m.
Live stats will also be available through umterps.com once the meet begins.
Scouting The Mountaineers
West Virginia is competing in its first year as a Big-12 school after winning the 2012 EAGL Championship. The Mountaineers (5-4, 1-1 Big 12) won their last meet against conference-rival Iowa State, 196.150-194.825. West Virginia totaled a season-best 49.200 on vault, and freshman Jaida Lawrence placed first on the apparatus for the third-straight meet with a 9.875. The team is ranked 19th nationally on vault.
West Virginia won both its meets against Maryland last season. The Terps dropped their season opener at West Virginia, 194.225-195.100. The Mountaineers topped the Terps again and placed first at last year's Pink Meet, 194.800-194.550.
Scouting The Scarlett Knights
Rutgers dropped its last meet to No. 24 Kent State, 193.700-195.675. The Scarlet Knights (7-6, 1-2 EAGL) performed best on floor as each gymnast scored a 9.700 or higher and the team earned a 48.725.
The Scarlet Knights came to Comcast Center last season for the Pink Meet, where the Terps beat Rutgers, 194.550-191.700.