#24 Terps in Gainesville for NCAA Regionals

April 5, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 24 Maryland gymnastics team hits the road for the NCAA Regional Championships in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday at 6 p.m.

In addition to Maryland, the field includes two other nationally-ranked teams, No.1 Florida and No. 12 Minnesota, along with Auburn, Bridgeport and Pittsburgh. The top-two finishers in the region qualify for the NCAA Championships at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 19-21.

Maryland competed against Bridgeport, Pittsburgh and Auburn earlier in the season. The Terps defeated the Purple Knights, 195.600-195.200, on Feb. 22. Maryland took wins over the Panthers twice, with the first in Pittsburgh, 195.975-195.650 on Jan. 19. Pittsburgh traveled to College Park on Feb. 22, where the Terps took the 195.600-194.875 victory.

Maryland lost at Auburn on March 1, 195.300-196.825.

Maryland won the regular season EAGL title, and the Terps placed second in the EAGL Championships with a 195.100. Maryland possesses a team RQS of 195.810. The Terps are ranked 15th in the nation on vault (49.220 RQS), 23rd on balance beam (48.955) and 16th on floor exercise (49.205).

Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual specialist per event [who has a minimum Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.4] were named to each of the six predetermined host sites.

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Scouting the Gators

No. 1 Florida took their second consecutive and ninth overall Southeastern Conference Championship title with a 198.000. The Gators are the only team to reach 198 multiple times this season.

Bridget Sloan earned the SEC's Freshman of the Year title, marking the Gator's fourth consecutive year of winning the honor. Coach Rhonda Faehn earned Coach of the Year honors for the fourth consecutive season. Florida has at least one gymnast in the top 10 of each event.

Scouting the Golden Gophers

No. 12 Minnesota earned a share in the Big Ten regular-season title and placed third at the conference championships.

Freshman Lindsay Mable earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors after earning Rookie of the Week honors six times and tied Minnesota's record on floor (9.975).

Scouting the Tigers

The No. 12 Auburn team posted a program-record 196.550 in the SEC Championships, where the Tigers placed fifth. Auburn's Caitlin Atkinson and Bri Guy are ranked nationally in the all-around.

Scouting the Purple Knights

Bridgeport became just the second non-Division I team to qualify for NCAA Regionals. The team won its fifth consecutive ECAC Division II Women's Gymnastics Title.

Sasha Tsikhanovich earned ECAC Athlete of the Year awards, while Byron Knox was named Coach of the Year and Becky Caravetta was named Assistant Coach of the Year.

Scouting the Panthers

Pittsburgh placed third at the EAGL Championships, while senior Alyssa Adrian earned the all-around title.

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