COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Four members of the Maryland gymnastics team will compete in the NCAA Regional in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday at 4 p.m.
Senior Sarah Faller earned a bid on vault and balance beam, senior Emily Brauckmuller and freshman Alecia Farina will compete on floor and freshman Kirsten Peterman was selected to compete in the all-around. Farina is also an alternate on uneven bars.
Faller and Brauckmuller will compete with the first group of individual event specialists while Farina is in the second IES group. Peterman is paired with New Hampshire for the meet.
Faller holds a regional qualifying score of 9.810 on vault and 9.805 on beam. She set a career-high of 9.825 on vault this season and also posted a personal-best 9.925 on beam. Faller anchored the Terps on both events this season.
Brauckmuller was Maryland's most consistent performer on floor this season, earning a 9.800 in every meet. She was named All-Big Ten Second Team after posting a 9.865 RQS in the event. She holds a career high of 9.900 on floor.
Farina went 10 straight meets in the regular season with a score of 9.800 or higher on floor. She has earned a 9.900 on floor twice, including a personal-best 9.925 on Feb. 24.
A member of the Canadian National Team, Peterman holds an RQS of 38.920 in the all-around. She holds a personal best of 9.775 on vault, 9.860 on bars, 9.825 on beam and 9.850 on floor. She set a career best of 39.125 in the all-around on March 1.
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each region site advances to the NCAA Championships, set for April 14-15 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo.
Teams competing in the Gainesville Regional include host Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Missouri, New Hampshire and Penn State.
Maryland assistant coach Erinn Dooley is a 2000 graduate of Florida and was a seven-time All-American as a Gator.