WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Maryland gymnastics team registered a season-best score as they posted a 195.425 for third place in a tri-meet at George Washington with New Hampshire Monday evening. The Terps (8-7, 4-6 EAGL) also notched a season-best score on bars.
The meet came down to the wire as New Hampshire won totaling 195.925 with host George Washington second with 195.650.
“I was proud of the team tonight,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “This is our second road meet in three days and that can take a lot out of you. Then you throw in distractions with the snow and the odd rotations schedule. They did a really good job staying focused.”
Stephanie Giameo hit routines throughout the night as she tied her season-best all-around and beam marks, recorded a new season-best score on vault, and set a career-high score on bars. Maryland had gymnasts set or tie personal records on each event and had individual first-place finishes on three.
“Steph had another great night,” Nelligan said. “She brings 110 percent every single week. She’s like a machine.”
Maryland started the competition on vault where Giameo hit a season-high 9.850 to tie for second place. Sarah Faller scored a season-best 9.800 for seventh.
Maryland had its most complete performance of the season on bars and notched a season-best 49.225. Karen Tang anchored the event and nailed a 9.875 to tie her career high and win the event. Kathy Tang and Elizabethe Manzi both posted 9.850s for third place, which tied Tang’s career-best mark and beat Manzi’s. Giameo set a new career-high score with a 9.825 as she and Jessie Black tied for fifth. Maryland had six of the top eight scores.
“Bars was incredible tonight,” Nelligan said. “I think we hit every handstand and stuck four dismounts. All the hard work in the gym is really showing up on bars.”
The Terps continued to excel as they headed to floor where Ebony Walters hit a remarkable routine to tie her career high with a 9.900. She tied for first place on the event. Karen Tang nailed another routine with a 9.875 for third. Alex Zimmermann added another career-high-tying mark with a 9.825 for ninth.
In the final rotation of the night, the Terps went to beam where Giameo tied for first place with a season-high-tying 9.875. Freshman Faller led off and performed with confidence to score a 9.800 for sixth. Walters scored a 9.775 for eighth.
“Ebony [Walters] had an awesome night, she was fun to watch,” Nelligan said. “She’s such a smart competitor and made some really great adjustments on beam.”
Giameo tied her season-high mark as her consistency throughout the night added up to a 39.225 total for second place in the all-around. New Hampshire’s Meghan Pflieger edged out Giameo with a 39.250 total. Karen Tang finished fifth with a 38.625.
The Terps continue competition on the road on Friday when they take on two more EAGL opponents in a tri-meet at Pittsburgh with North Carolina.