March 23, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 22 Maryland gymnastics team earned second place with a 195.100 at the EAGL Championships Saturday at Carmichael Arena at the University of North Carolina.
After winning the EAGL regular season, the Terps placed narrowly behind NC State, which scored a 195.175.
"It's tough when you come so close, it's heartbreaking," said head coach Brett Nelligan. "I feel for these kids, especially the seniors; everyone has worked so hard. I'm really proud of this team, and together we've done some amazing things this year."
Maryland best overall event came on vault. Senior Ally Krikorian won gold with a 9.925, with teammate junior Katy Dodds earning a 9.900 for silver. The team is ranked 14th nationally in the event, with Dodds being the sixth-ranked gymnast on vault.
The Terps started the afternoon on balance beam. Sophomore Stephanie Giameo, ranked fifth nationally on beam, remained a rock in the event. Giameo earned a 9.850, good for second place on the afternoon.
After competing on vault, the Terps finished the afternoon on uneven bars. Junior Karen Tang continued to pace Maryland in the event, scoring a 9.825. Giameo and junior Jessie Black each earned 9.750s.
Giameo finished the all-around with a 39.075 while Cofsky earned a 39.025.
The Terps will get together for the NCAA Regional Championships selection show on Monday. Maryland will be seeded to one of six predetermined locations.
"We'll put this past us and start preparing for NCAAs," said Nelligan. "This is a tough team, and they always come back stronger. We're looking forward to finding out where we're headed on Monday."