Feb. 16, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Gillian Cote (Fredericksburg, Va.) won the all-around competition with a 39.325 as the University of Maryland women's gymnastics team defeated Atlantic-10 opponent Rhode Island 196.100-194.875. The Terps' team score is the highest this season and the fourth-highest in school history.
Maryland started the night off well earning a season-high 48.825 on vault. The Terps continued to score well the remainder of the competition, earning at least a 49.000 in every other event.
In winning the all-around, Cote placed first on the uneven bars with a season-high 9.900, tied for second place on vault with a 9.800 and tied for second place on beam with a 9.825. Senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.), who is No. 12 nationally in the all-around, won the vault competition with a 9.825, placed first on the floor exercise with a 9.875, placed second on the uneven bars with a 9.850 and placed second in the all-around with a 39.300.
Freshman Leah Brill (Lancaster, Pa.) placed third in the all-around with a career-high 39.150, placing second on both the vault and the balance beam with scores of 9.800 and 9.825, respectively. Also on the balance beam, sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) matched her career-high with a 9.900, good for first place.
Maryland (9-3, 3-1 East Atlantic Gymnastics League) will begin a three-meet road trip at Rutgers on Saturday, Feb. 23. The meet will be held at the Livingston Recreation Center beginning at 7 p.m.
BEAM FLOOR 1. Sarah Hoenig (UMD) 9.900 1. Lisa Mealey (UMD) 9.875 2. Leah Brill (UMD) 9.825 2. JoAnna Judge (URI) 9.825 2. Gillian Cote (UMD) 9.825 3. Four gymnasts (2-UMD, 2-URI)9.850 2. Alyssa Mealey (UMD) 9.825