Karen Tang won each of her three events and posted career-high scores on vault and floor as the Maryland gymnastics team fell to EAGL foe New Hampshire, 195.450 to 193.950, Saturday afternoon.
"Karen was on fire tonight, I was so happy for her,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “Not only were her performances great, but she used her energy to really inspire the rest of the team."
Karen and Kathy Tang both hit their routines tonight with their parents in the stands. Karen had a career night and Kathy hit her routines on bars and vault winning second on each before jamming her ankle. Nelligan held her out of floor and beam and she will see a doctor this week.
“I think Karen and Kathy wanted to make this a special night for their parents in the stands, wanted to make them proud,” Nelligan said.
Maryland started the meet sweeping the top three places on bars. Karen Tang posted a season-high 9.800 and helped Maryland achieve its highest score on the event this season, 48.750. Kathy Tang was close behind posting a 9.775 for second and Stephanie Giameo earned third with a 9.750.
Karen Tang kept up her momentum and scored a career-high 9.900 on vault, again with Kathy Tang close behind posting a season-high 9.875 for second. The team finished with a season-high score of 48.900 on the event.
In the third rotation, Karen Tang performed another winning routine on floor for a career-high 9.900. Emily Brauckmuller and Ebony Walters both earned 9.800s as they finished in a six-way tie for third. This was a season-high for Brauckmuller.
Giameo finished second all around with a total score of 39.025 behind New Hampshire’s Meghan Pflieger who totaled 39.100.
"For three events tonight we were finally ourselves, we had found our rhythm,” Nelligan said. “We still have some confidence issues in beam, we'll work hard this week to get them figured out."
The Terps return to College Park to host Pittsburgh, Towson and George Washington at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10.