Feb. 25, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's gymnastics team is No. 17 according to the NCAA rankings released today. The Terps' regional qualifying score (RQS) of 194.380 lands them just four positions behind regional rival No. 13 Florida, who they will compete against Friday night in a top-25 tri-meet with No. 1 Georgia.
As a team, the Terps are No. 25 on the uneven bars, No. 17 on the floor exercise, and No. 10 on the balance beam.
Individually, senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) is No. 15 in the all-around, followed by senior All-American Gillian Cote (Fredericksburg, Pa.) at No. 15. Mealey is also No. 8 on the uneven bars, while Cote is No. 17 on bars and No. 24 on the balance beam. Sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) debuted in the rankings this week at No. 16 on the balance beam.
Mealey and Cote hold the No. 3 and No. 4 positions in the region for the all-around and are the 1-2 pair for the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL). Maryland boasts a slim lead over NC State and West Virginia for the top postition in the conference.
Maryland travels to Florida Friday, March 1 for what may be a preview of the NCAA regionals when they take on the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs and the No. 13 Florida Gators in Gainesville, Florida. The meet will be at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center beginning at 7 p.m.