Terps Soar Past Pitt and UNC

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Maryland gymnastics team totaled a season-best mark on beam and posted a 194.700 overall to win a tri-meet against EAGL foes Pittsburgh and North Carolina Friday night.

Pittsburgh finished second with 194.350 and North Carolina was third with 192.275. The meet marked Maryland’s final EAGL competition until EAGL Championships on March 22.

This was the third meet in a week’s time for Maryland as they competed last Friday and Monday nights. The Terps fought through a stomach bug going around the team and persevered to clinch the victory.

“I am immensely proud of the team tonight,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “That was a hard-fought win, no one gave us anything tonight. We had to earn it.”

Junior captain Stephanie Giameo won the all-around with a 39.150 total, edging North Carolina’s Haley Watts who scored a 39.125. Giameo had a stellar night with top-five finishes on three of her events and a first-place finish on beam.

“Steph had another great night,” Nelligan said. “She deserved to get the all-around win.”

Maryland began on beam where Giameo took home the title with a 9.850 as the Terps posted a season-best 48.825.  Elizabethe Manzi tied for fifth with a 9.775 and senior captain Ebony Walters notched a 9.750 for seventh.

“Beam was great tonight, starting off strong is a huge key for us,” Nelligan said. “The beam team wanted to make sure we created momentum right from the beginning.”

The Terps went to floor in their second rotation, led by a team-best 9.725 for Alex Zimmermann. Giameo finished ninth with a 9.700 and Maryland totaled 48.375 on the event.

In the third rotation, Maryland scored a 48.700 as Giameo continued her great night with a 9.825 for a third-place finish on vault. Kathy Tang tied for fifth with a 9.800 and Nikola Chung claimed ninth place with a 9.750.

“Kathy and Steph came up big for us on vault to finish the rotation strong,” Nelligan said.

The Terps entered the final rotation of the night with the lead and continued with their momentum to score a 48.800 on bars, which would clinch the victory. Karen Tang won the bars title with a career-high-tying 9.875. Giameo executed another strong routine for a 9.775 and a fourth-place finish. Sarah Faller and Kathy Tang each scored 9.725 to tie for sixth.

“We knew we had to hit bars,” Nelligan said. “The lineup went aggressive and brought home the win. Karen hit a huge set under pressure, it seems like she’s at her best when we need her most.”

Maryland ends regular-season competition at home on Sunday, March 16 against West Virginia.