Farina, Barber Named B1G Gymnasts to Watch

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Alecia Farina and freshman Audrey Barber were selected as Maryland's Gymnasts to Watch, as announced by the Big Ten Thursday.

Farina is a returning all-around competitor who had a standout freshman season in 2017. One of Maryland's most well-rounded gymnasts as just a freshman last year, Farina holds a career-high 9.925 on floor and 9.900 on bars. She also holds a 9.850 personal best on vault and 9.800 on bars. The Broadview Heights, Ohio, native posted a 39.225 high score in the all-around in 2017.

Barber is a member of one of the program’s top recruiting classes. She placed third at on vault, fourth on beam, 12th on floor and fourth in the all-around at the 2016 Junior Olympics and was also a three-time Junior Olympic national qualifier. Barber was named the 2016 Regional All-Around Champion and selected to the Region 7 All-Star team to compete in Germany.

The Terps were selected to finish ninth in the annual Big Ten Coaches' Poll.

Maryland opens the 2018 season against Towson and Temple on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m at the Little Boston Invitational.