Terrapin Gymnasts Earn President's Cup To Conclude 2002 Season

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April 15, 2002

* The University of Maryland women's gymnastics team won the Sixth Annual President's Cup for having the top cumulative GPA of all of Maryland's women's athletics teams over the past two semesters.
* Senior Academic All-American Gillian Cote (fredericksburg, Va.) led the team academically, maintaining a 4.0 GPA over the past seven semesters.
* The team was also presented with the C.H.A.M.P.S./Llife Skills award for being the women's team to garner the most points in the C.H.A.M.P.S. program. C.H.A.M.P.S. (Challenging Athletes' Minds For Personal Success) is a program that, along with the NCAA Life Skills program, is provided by Maryland's Academic Support and Career Development unit to help develop well-rounded athletes.
* Athletically, the University of Maryland women's gymnastics team finished as the No. 29 team in the country with a 16-7 regular season record.

* Kit Johnson (Richmond, Va.), a senior on the University of Maryland women's gymnastics team, has been selected as the female recipient of the 10th annual Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year award as announced in Black Issues in Higher Education on April 11. Johnson was selected from hundreds of applicants to receive this prestigious award.
* The award was established by the publication in 1992 to honor undergraduate students of color who embody the essence of tennis star Arthur Ashe Jr. "This really means a lot," says Johnson. "The Arthur Ashe Tennis Center is a few miles from where I grew up. I know all about him."
* Johnson, a government and politics major, has been named to the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) All-Academic team for four consecutive years and was selected as an Academic All-American in 1999. She has performed several community service activities with the gymnastics team and has also served as a Student Government Association representative. Recently, Johnson was selected for membership to Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society which honors superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character.
* "We are so proud that Kit has been recognized to receive this award," said head coach Bob Nelligan. "She is one of the most hard-working student-athletes I have coached and her dedication and leadership will be missed when she graduates."

* Freshman Leah Brill (Lancaster, Pa.) was announced as the 2002 EAGL Rookie of the Year on Friday, March 22, at the annual awards banquet. Brill is the third Terrapin to earn the honor since the conference's inception.
* Senior All-American Gillian Cote (Fredericksburg, Va.) won the EAGL Scholar Athlete award for the second consecutive year.
* Maryland garnered 10 all-conference selections, eight of those being first team selections.
* Cote and senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) were both unanimous first team selections for the all-around. This marks Cote's third first team all-around honor.
* Cote also earned first team honors for the uneven bars and the balance beam. Mealey was selected to all-EAGL first team for the vault and the uneven bars, and to second team for the floor exercise.
* Other first team selections included sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) for the balance beam and senior Alyssa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) for the floor exercise. Mealey also earned second team honors for the uneven bars.

Season Superlatives


Vault Lisa Mealey, 9.85 (1/27/02, 2/2/02)

Uneven Bars Lisa Mealey, 9.925 (2/10/02)

Balance Beam Kit Johnson, 9.95 (1/25/02)

Floor Exercise Gillian Cote, 9.95 (1/27/02)

All-Around Gillian Cote, 39.425 (2/2/02)


Vault 48.825 (2/16/02)

Uneven Bars 49.275 (2/2/02)

Balance Beam 49.200 (1/25/02)

Floor Exercise 49.200 (1/27/02)

Total 196.100 (2/16/02)

Click HERE for complete 2002 season statistics.