COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland gymnastics team set new season highs on uneven bars, floor exercise and team total as the Terps posted a 194.725 in their first road meet of the season at Penn State on Saturday afternoon. The host Nittany Lions won the dual meet with a score of 195.525.
"I'm really proud of the team," head coach Brett Nelligan said. "They come into a really tough environment, and we hung with a really quality team, toe-to-toe. We came up a little short, but more importantly for me, we found out a lot about ourselves. We found out how to hit in a tough gym, on the road."
Maryland began the meet on bars, where the Terps tallied a 48.775. Senior Sarah Faller led off with a 9.700, a score sophomore Amanda Bertorello matched in the third spot. Sophomore Shynelle Agaran and junior Evelyn Nee tallied matching 9.775s while freshman Alecia Farina anchored with a 9.825.
The Terps moved to vault, where they posted a 48.575. Farina posted a 9.725, follwed by a 9.750 from senior Emily Brauckmuller. Faller led Maryland with a 9.800 after sticking her vault.
Maryland went on to floor, where the team recorded its highest event score of the meet. Farina and senior Leah Slobodin tallied 9.800s in the middle of the lineup while Bertorello posted a 9.775. Brauckmuller anchored with a 9.800. She has notched a 9.800 or higher on floor in every meet this season.
The Terps finished the meet on beam, where Maryland scored a 48.550. Junior Dominiquea Trotter and Agaran each recorded 9.700s, and Nee anchored with a 9.800.
With a 9.800, Faller tied for second on vault with Penn State's Emma Sibson. Farina placed third on bars with a 9.825. Nee tied for first on beam with PSU's Briannah Tsang with a 9.825.
The Terps travel to Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 29, for a dual with the Hawkeyes at 2 p.m.