Feb. 22, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Katy Dodds won two event titles on floor and vault to help push the Maryland women's gymnastics team past Pittsburgh, George Washington and Bridgeport in front of a raucous crowd at the Comcast Center Friday night.
The Terrapins (12-1-1, 8-1-1 EAGL) started fast with solid performances on vault and uneven bars before rebounding from a tough beam rotation with another excellent showing on floor. Maryland led wire to wire and finished with a total team score of 195.600.
"We get to floor and I said, it's your decision, are you going to back down or take this win," Maryland head coach Brett Nelligan said. "They said they were going to stand up and fight, and they did."
As per usual, Maryland was out of the gates quickly on vault. Senior Ally Krikorian, ranked 16th nationally on the event, scored a 9.900, while Dodds, the sixth ranked vaulter in the nation, brought the Comcast crowd to its feet with a 9.925.
On bars, the Terps put together six solid sets to keep their lead. Junior Karen Tang tied her personal best on the apparatus with a 9.875 and Kesley Cofsky, who did all four events for Maryland, recorded a 9.825.
The Terrapins found some trouble on beam, but were able to rebound nicely to end the rotation. Sophomore Stephanie Giameo, ranked second nationally on the event, was once again a rock for the Terps, her 9.925 from the 6th position in the lineup a key point in the meet.
"Stephanie on beam is priceless," Nelligan said. "That's the kind of kid you would use four scholarships for. A kid that can do that on beam after falls and struggles in the lineup. She never lets if affect her. That's why she's number two in the nation."
With the move to floor, the Terrapins never looked back, putting together a set of performances that put the meet out of reach. Ebony Walters recorded a 9.900 for the second straight meet and was followed by the typically brilliant work of Krikorian and Dodds, who both notched 9.925's.
Giameo won her second all-around title of the season, a score of 39.250 knocking off Cofsky and Bridgeport's Sasha Tsikhanovic. The sophomore also took home the beam title. Krikorian tied Dodds for the floor title and Tang grabbed the top spot on bars.
After three straight wins at home, the Terrapins hit the road to take on Auburn March 1st, with action scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.