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Women's Gymnastics Begins Three-Meet Road Trip This Week
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 02/18/2002

Feb. 18, 2002

* The Maryland Terrapins women's gymnastics team (9-3, 3-1 EAGL) travels to New Brunswick, N.J. Saturday, Feb. 23 to take on EAGL opponent Rutgers.

* First-of-Two. Saturday's meet is the first of two regular season meetings between the Terrapins and the Scarlet Knights this season. The next match-up will be in the Terps' home finale on March 16.

* On The Road Again. Maryland's meet is the first of a three-meet road trip before the Terps conclude the regular season at home Saturday, March 16. After the meet at Rutgers, the Terps head down south for a top-25 showdown with No. 1 Georgia and No. 14 Florida, followed by a tri-meet at No. 18 Penn State with Rhode Island on Saturday, March 9.

LAST TIME OUT

* 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.

* 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. 13 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.

* The No. 22 University of Maryland women's gymnastics team moved up three spots from the No. 25 position last Monday. The Terps have also moved up in the balance beam rankings, from No. 17 to No. 14. On vault, Maryland is No. 22 and on the uneven bars, the Terps are No. 24.

* Individually, senior Lisa Mealey remains in the national top-20 for the all-around at No. 13. Mealey is also No. 7 for the uneven bars. Senior Gillian Cote made it into the top-25 for bars this week at No. 25.

* Maryland reclaimed the No. 1 position in the conference after dropping to No. 2 last week following a loss to West Virginia. Mealey is No. 1 in the conference for the all-around, and Cote moved up to No. 4 in the conference for the all-around.

TERPS EDGE COLONIALS

* Senior Gillian Cote won the all-around competition with a 39.350 as the University of Maryland women's gymnastics team defeated the 2001 Atlantic 10 Champions, George Washington 195.350-194.875. The Terps' team score is the highest this season and the team vault score of 48.650 matches the highest score this season.

* The Colonials only trailed the Terps by a slim margin throughout the meet, but five out of six Maryland gymnasts completed their balance beam routines without a fall in the final rotation to seal the victory.

* In addition to winning the all-around, Cote tied with Colonial senior Devin McCalla for first place on vault with a 9.825, tied with Terrapin Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) for first on the uneven bars with a 9.850, and placed second on both the balance beam and floor exercise with scores of 9.800 and 9.875, respectively. Mealey, who is No. 13 nationally in the all-around as of Feb. 18, placed third in the all-around with a score of 39.075, marking her sixth consecutive meet scoring a 39 or above in the all-around. On beam, sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) placed first with a 9.850.

* The Colonials edged the Terps on vault 48.675-48.650 and on the floor exercise 49.150-49.075. McCalla's 9.9 floor exercise score led the Colonial's floor competitors who did not score less than a 9.750. However, Maryland's floor score is the fourth consecutive score of 49 or higher.

MAGNIFICENT MEALEY

* Lisa Mealey has begun the 2002 season strong as the Terps' top competior in four of theTerps' first seven meets of the season.

* In just her second year in the line-up for every event, Mealey holds the ninth-highest all-around score with a 39.400.

* As of Feb. 18, Mealey was ranked No. 13 nationally in the all-around, No. 4 in the region, and first in the conference.

* 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.

COTE'S CORRECT

* 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.

BALANCING BEAM

* The balance beam has proven to be the Terps' best event so far this season. Maryland is currently ranked No. 14 for the balance beam, posting a season-high of 49.200 on Jan. 25 against George Washington.

* The Terps are also competing well as a team on the uneven bars and the floor exercise, posting team season-high scores of 49.275 and 49.2 on those events.

ROOKIE WATCH

* 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.



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