COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland Gymnastics travels to Raleigh, N.C. to compete in the NCAA Raleigh Regional, hosted by NC State on Saturday April 7 at 4 p.m.
Maryland, with a Regional Qualifying Score of 195.930, will compete against No. 2 LSU, (RQS 197.890), No. 14 Oregon State (RQS 196.780), No. 19 George Washington (RQS 196.460), host No. 20 NC State (196.440), and Big Ten competitor No. 11 Nebraska (RQS 196.815). The Terps will begin the competition on vault, have a bye for the second rotation, then move to bars, beam, another bye and finish the evening on floor. The NCAA regional competition consists of 36 teams selected based on their Regional Qualifying Score and seeded by the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Committee. 24 all-around competitors and 48 individual event specialists are also competing who are not on a qualifying team.
Last Time Out
Head coach Brett Nelligan earned the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year honor as the Terps tallied a 195.250 at the Big Ten Championships, competing in the evening session for the first time since joining the conference. The team averages 195.411and posted a season-high of 196.575. Maryland is coming off an eighth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships where the team scored a 195.250. Freshman Audrey Barber posted an all-around score of 39.475 twice this season and earned the team's best scores on vault (9.90) and bars (9.925).
Scouting the LSU Tigers
LSU enters the Raleigh Regional ranked No. 2, with an RQS of 197.890. The Tigers are led by head coach D-D Breaux, and average 197.587 and have posted a high score of 198.175. All-time against LSU, the series is tied 13-13-2. The Tigers have recorded four perfect 10s this season, one on bars and beam respectively, and two coming on floor. Junior Sarah Finnegan,the SEC Gymnast of the Year, earned three of those four 10s, one each on bars, beam and floor. The Tigers have scored over 197 in every meet this season, and has scored 198 or better four times. Most recently, LSU won the SEC Championships with a score of 197.400.
Scouting the Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State enters the Raleigh Regional ranked No. 14, with an RQS of 196.780. Head coach Tanya Chaplin leads the Beavers, who averaged a 196.580 this season and have scored a high of 197.300. Floor is a strength for the Beavers, who have posted a team score of 49.575 this season. Junior McKenna Singley leads the Beavers in the all-around and has posted a season-high 39.400 twice this season. Oregon State is coming off of a fifth-place finish in the Pac-12 Championships, where it scored a 196.575.
Scouting the GW Colonials
George Washington enters the Raleigh Regional with an RQS of 196.460, ranked No. 19, its highest post-season rank in history. The Colonials are led by head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham and average 195.921, with a season-high team score of 196.875. GW has notched a 196 or better six times this season, and is coming off a third-place finish at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championships, where No. 20 NC State won the championships, and George Washington hit a 195.875 in the meet. The Colonials have hit a 9.90 or better in every event this season, and Camille Drouin-Allaire leads the all-around competition, posting a 39.600 twice this season.
Scouting the NC State Wolfpack
Host North Carolina State enters the Raleigh Regional ranked No. 20 with an RQS of 196.440. The Wolfpack is led by head coach Kim Landrus, who coached the Pack to an EAGL Championship title last month. NC State posted a score of 196.625 to win the title. Senior Chelsea Knigh, won the EAGL all-around title with a score of 39.425. Knight posted scores over 39.500 three times this season in the all-around. The Wolfpack have posted scores over 9.90 on every event, and are strongest on floor, where they have posted an overall season-high of 49.450.
Scouting the Nebraska Huskers
Nebraska enters the Raleigh Regional ranked No. 11 with an RQS of 196.815. Head coach Dan Kendig Nebraska leads the Huskers, who just coached the team to a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships with a score of 196.950. The Big Red claimed four of the five individual titles at the Big Ten Championships, including Megan Schweihofer's all-around title. Nebraska put together its best bars meet of the season, with a score of 39.375 at the Big Ten Championships.
The top two teams from each regional, along with the top two all-around competitors not on an advancing team, will automatically progress to the NCAA Championships on April 14-15 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo. The top two teams from Columbus; Ohio, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Raleigh, N.C., will advance to one of the NCAA Semifinals on April 20 at 1 p.m. in St. Louis, Mo., and the top two teams from Salt Lake City, Utah; University Park, Pa.; and Minneapolis will advance to the other NCAA Semifinal on April 20 at 7 p.m. in St. Louis, Mo. NCAA Super Six competition will be determined from the two semifinals and will take place on April 21.