#29 Terps Win Pink Invitational Quad Meet

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PHILADELPHIA - The No. 29 Maryland gymnastics team posted the third highest floor score in program history as the Terps won the Pink Invitational Friday night. The Terrapins scored a 195.225 to beat Temple (193.900), West Chester (193.600) and Southern Connecticut State (191.275).

"I'm really, really impressed with this team's toughness and tenacity," head coach Brett Nelligan said. "They never give up. If they continue to fight, great things will happen."

Maryland scored a 49.450 on floor, which tied the team's third best result at the EAGL Championships on March 24, 2012. The score is also the fourth highest single event total in program history.

Freshman Kirsten Peterman, senior Leah Slobodin, sophomore Amanda Bertorello and freshman Alecia Farina set career highs on floor exercise. The Terps didn't count a score under a 9.850.

"Floor was on a whole other level tonight," Nelligan said. "The team got in the zone and never let up. They hit routine after routine and pushed the scores as high as they could go."

The Terrapins scored over a 195 for the fifth-straight meet. Maryland hasn't counted a fall in that span, dating back to Feb. 5.

The Terps began the meet on bars, where they scored a 48.650. Sophomore Megan McClelland and junior Evelyn Nee led Maryland with a pair of 9.775s. The duo tied for third place on the event.

Maryland moved to beam, where Peterman set a personal best to lead off with a 9.825. The freshman placed second on the event. Sophomore Shynelle Agaran earned a 9.775 and senior Sarah Faller anchored with a 9.725.

The Terrapins competed on floor next, where the team scored .325 higher than their previous season high. McClelland led off with a 9.775, and Peterman followed with a personal best 9.850. Slobodin and Bertorello scored a pair of 9.900s next, also career highs. Farina earned a career-best 9.925 and senior Emily Brauckmuller anchored with a 9.875.

Farina won the floor event title while Slobodin and Bertorello tied for second. 

Maryland finished the meet on vault, where the team earned a 48.650. Faller led the Terps with a 9.775 while Brauckmuller and Farina earned 9.750s. Peterman tallied a 9.725. Faller won the vault event title and Brauckmuller and Farina finished second. Peterman earned third place.

Peterman set a career high in the all-around with a 39.025, which finished second.

The Terps finish the weekend at West Virginia Sunday, where Maryland will face the No. 26 Mountaineers and No. 24 Iowa State at 1 p.m.