COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland gymnastics team posted season highs on vault, bars, floor and team total as the Terps went toe-to-toe with No. 7 Michigan Sunday afternoon in the XFINITY Center. The Terrapins led through two events, but the Wolverines worked back to take the meet, 196.475-195.625.
"The team has worked so hard this season, and I felt like we hadn't yet been able to show that hard work," head coach Brett Nelligan said. "I'm so proud of them for their performances today. They finally just let it out, and it was awesome."
The Terps crossed the 195 threshold for the first time this season and went over 49.000 on bars (49.150) and floor (49.100) for the first time.
Maryland went 22-for-24 in its routines and didn't count a fall on any apparatus. Seven Terps set personal bests against the Wolverines.
The Terrapins began the meet on vault, where they earned a season-high 48.850. Freshman Morgan Bixler set a personal best with a 9.800, and freshman Alecia Farina tied her personal high with a 9.775. Senior Sarah Faller anchored with a 9.825, which set a new season high.
Maryland put together a series of solid routines on uneven bars as the Terps didn't count a score under a 9.800. Faller led off with a season-high 9.825. Freshman Kirsten Peterman, who was competing on the event for the first time, tallied a 9.850. Sophomores Amanda Bertorello (9.775) and Shynelle Agaran (9.850) followed with new personal records. Junior Evelyn Nee and Farina finished the rotation with a 9.800 and 9.825, respectively.
The Terps moved to beam, where Nee and Faller highlighted the event with a pair of 9.825s at the end of the lineup. Faller set a career high with the 9.825.
Maryland finished the meet strong on floor. Sophomore Megan McClelland led off with a 9.750 while senior Leah Slobodin tallied a 9.800. Farina set a new career high with a 9.900 while Bertorello scored a 9.750. Senior Emily Brauckmuller set a new personal best, anchoring with a 9.900. Farina and Brauckmuller tied for third on the event.
Maryland hosted its first-ever Purple Meet Sunday to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis. Former GymTerps Jessie Black, who graduated in 2014, competed at Maryland after being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a high school senior.
The Terps hit the road again next weekend when they travel to Rutgers for a quad meet with Penn and Yale on Saturday.