The Maryland gymnastics team heads north Saturday to take on EAGL rival New Hampshire at 1 p.m. in Durham, N.H.
The Terps (1-2, 0-1 EAGL) look forward to putting on strong performances after a loss to North Carolina last weekend. This marks Maryland’s second conference opponent of the season.
“We want to go up there, we want to put up a big score and we want to win,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “They’re a conference opponent and we go into every meet with the same goal and that’s to put up 24 great routines and come out on top.”
Senior Katy Dodds is out for the season after tearing her Achilles tendon in warm-ups at North Carolina last weekend. Dodds was a staple performer on vault, bars and floor for the Terps. Last season, Dodds earned All-America honors.
With Dodds’ absence, Nelligan will make changes to the lineups. He plans to have Nikola Chung compete in the vacant bars slot, Emily Braukmuller on vault and Alex Zimmermann on floor. Chung and Brauckmuller both filled in at North Carolina.
Maryland also looks to make some changes on beam, which has given the team some trouble this season. The lineup and the order have changed meet-to-meet and Nelligan and his assistant coaches are still looking to find a consistent one.
“We are a good beam team, but we keep stumbling and tripping ourselves up a little bit and that’s really affecting their confidence,” Nelligan said. “Once they settle down, let the confidence come back, they’ll be able to make these routines fine.”
After Saturday’s meet, the Terps return home for the next three meets of the season, starting with a quad meet against Pittsburgh, Towson and George Washington on Monday Feb. 10.
Scouting the Wildcats
New Hampshire (2-3, 0-2 EAGL) is entering its third EAGL competition of the season. The Wildcats fell to both Rutgers and Pittsburgh in January. They earned two non-conference wins in a quad meet, defeating Brown and Yale, but fell to Michigan.
Two New Hampshire freshmen, Kelsey Aucoin and Meghan Pflieger, have earned EAGL Rookie of the Week honors this season. Aucoin won after a strong performance at Pittsburgh last weekend. Meghan Pflieger earned co-honors the previous week.
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