No. 23 Maryland Gymnastics Closes Regular Season Saturday

March 13, 2002

* No. 23 Maryland Terrapins will hold the final meet of the season Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in Ritchie Coliseum.
* East Atlantic Gymnastics League rivals Rutgers and Towson will participate in the meet, in addition to William & Mary.
* Saturday will be the final time the Terps will compete in Ritchie Coliseum. As of next year, Maryland gymnastics will compete in Comcast Center.
* Maryland is 6-1 at home, falling only to then-No. 1 Georgia.
* The Terps have a trend of successful season finales at home. In four of the six seasons Maryland has been a member school of the EAGL, the Terps have had their final meet before the EAGL Championships at home, all of them victories.
* In the 2000 home season finale, the Terps posted their highest team score ever with a 197.125 against Temple on Macrh 10.

* Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) finished third in the all-around with a score of 38.875 as the University of Maryland women's gymnastics team placed second in a tri-meet with Rhode Island at Penn State on Saturday, March 9.
* Maryland's team score of 194.075 was the second-highest road score this season.
* Senior Alyssa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) placed second on the floor exercise with a 9.850.
* Rookie Leah Brill (Lancaster, Pa.) continued to compete well, placing fourth on vault with a 9.775 and earning scores of 9.800 on both the balance beam and the floor exercise.
* Sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) earned a 9.900 on the balance beam for the third time this season.

* As of Monday, March 11, 2002, Maryland is No. 23 in the NCAA. Maryland is No. 2 in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) and is No. 4 in the southeast region.
* In addition to being No. 23 overall, the Terps are No. 25 on the uneven bars and No. 13 on the balance beam.
* Senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) is ranked in the top-20 for the uneven bars at No. 19.
* Sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) moved up from No. 25 to No. 21 for the balance beam.

* The balance beam has proven to be the Terps' best event so far this season. Maryland is currently ranked No. 13 for the balance beam.
* The Terps posted a season-high of 49.200 on Jan. 25 against George Washington.
* Sophomore Sarah Hoenig has been the Terps' most consistent competitor on beam, posting three scores of 9.900 and earning seven scores of 9.800 or higher.
* The Terps are also competing well as a team on the floor exercise, posting a team season-high score 49.200 against Georgia and Temple on Jan. 27.

* Lisa Mealey began the 2002 season strong as the Terps' top competitor in five of the Terps' first nine meets of the season.
* In just her second year in the line-up for every event, Mealey holds the 10th-highest all-around score with a 39.400.
* On Jan. 29, Mealey was selected as the East Atlantic Gymnastics League gymnast of the week.
* Mealey matched the school uneven bars record, held by herself and Gillian Cote, by earning a 9.925 against West Virginia, James Madison and Kent State.

* Senior All-American Gillian Cote is once again showing why she ended the 2001 season as one of the top all-around competitors in the country.
* Cote holds the team's season-high scores on the floor exercise (9.95) and in the all-around (39.425).
* Cote's performance on Feb. 2 earned her conference recognition as the East Atlantic Gymnastics League gymnast of the week for Feb. 5-11.

* The Terrapin freshmen have been working their way into the lineups as the conference championship approaches.
* Leah Brill has competed in the all-around in every meet this season, and her scores have shown improvement each week. Brill posted an all-around score of 39.150 against Rhode Island.
* Ashley Oberdorff (York, Pa.) and Lequita Williams (Philadelphia, Pa.) have been steadily improving on the uneven bars. Oberdorff's season-high is a 9.575, which is also her season high on vault.

* In addition to Lisa Mealey and Gillian Cote, the Terrapin senior class has been showing leadership and experience in 2002.
* In the third meet of the season, Kit Johnson (Virginia Beach, Va.) tied the school balance beam record with a 9.950.
* Also competing well are co-captain Gillian Cote and Alyssa Mealey, who registered scores of 9.95 and 9.925 on the floor exercise against then-No. 1 Georgia.