March 25, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the fifth consecutive season and 19th time overall, the No. 24 Maryland gymnastics team is set to compete in NCAA Regional Championships. The Terps travel to Florida to compete in the Gainesville Regional on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m.
In addition to Maryland, the field includes No.1 Florida, tied-No. 12 Minnesota and Auburn, Bridgeport and Pittsburgh. The top two finishers in the region qualify for the NCAA Championship at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 19-21.
Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event [who has a minimum Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.4] were named to each of the six predetermined host sites.
The Terps placed second in the EAGL Championships with a 195.100. Maryland possesses a team RQS of 195.810. The Terps are ranked 15th in the nation on vault (49.220 RQS), 23rd on balance beam (48.955) and 16th on floor exercise (49.205).
Junior Katy Dodds leads the Terps on vault and is tied for eighth nationally with a RQS of 9.920. Dodds set the program record on vault with a 9.975 against NC State. Dodds is also tied for 20th on floor with senior Ally Krikorian.
Sophomore Stephanie Giameo earned EAGL Gymnast of the Year honors at the EAGL Championship Banquet. Giameo is tied for eighth nationally on beam (9.900 RQS) and is the second-ranked EAGL all-around gymnast.
Last Time Out
The Terps last competed in the EAGL Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. Maryland, ranked first in the regular season in the EAGL, placed second behind NC State.
Krikorian won the gold on vault with Dodds coming in second. Giameo earned second place on beam.
Maryland in the NCAAs
This is Maryland's 19th trip overall to the regionals and fifth in a row. Last season, the squad placed fifth with a 194.400 at the Fayetteville Regional.
Maryland's highest finish at the event is third (1989, 2001). In 2001 at the Gainesville Regional, the Terps posted a 195.850, which is the program record for NCAA competition.
Individually, Ronanne Comerford is the only Terp to win a regional title. Comerford won the gold on vault at the Southeast Regional in 1988.
Including Comerford, five different Terrapins have individually qualified for the NCAA Championship a total of seven times, most recently in 2001 with Gillian Cote, Jill Fisher and Lisa Mealey (alternate).
Best of the Best
The East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) announced the 2012 All-Tournament Team Friday. Maryland's members include:
All-Tournament Uneven Bars
All-Tournament Balance Beam