Terp Gymnasts Compete For League Title Saturday

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March 20, 2002


* The University of Maryland women's gymnastics team will compete in the seventh annual East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship meet Saturday, March 23 beginning at 6 pm.
* Maryland is the third-ranked team in the EAGL going into Saturday's conference championship meet.
* Towson University is the host school this year, located about an hour away from College Park in Towson, Md. The meet will be held at Towson Center.
* All-league teams will be announced Friday evening at the EAGL awards banquet.
* The Terps are looking for their first-ever EAGL Championship title.

* No. 22 NC State and No. 25 West Virginia are the only schools in the conference ranked in front of Maryland. Both schools are also the only schools to win the EAGL title since the league's inception in 1996. West Virginia owns four titles (1996-1998, 2001) and NC State holds two (1999-2000).
* Last year, Maryland finished in second place with a score of 195.875 just behind first place West Virginia whose score totaled 196.375.
* Former Terrapin Jill Fisher holds the EAGL Champpionship record for the floor exercise with a 10.000.
* Maryland's 1999 balance beam team holds the EAGL Championship record for team beam score with a 49.425.

* Eleven Terrapin gymnasts were named to the EAGL All-Academic team on Thursday, March 14.
* Honorees are selected by maintaining a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average over the last two semesters.
* Only 11 seniors in the league were honored for the fourth consecutive year, four of those coming from Maryland. Seniors Kit Johnson, Alyssa Mealey, Lisa Mealey and Gillian Cote all earned EAGL All-Academic honors every year since 1999, marking the most for any senior class in the EAGL.
* Other Terrapin honorees include freshmen Leah Brill, Ashley Oberdorff and Mandy Pascual, sophomores Katherine Schroeder and Rachel Sibert, junior Catherine Gardner and senior Chrissy Samwell.
* Gillian Cote, Kit Johnson, Alyssa Mealey, Lisa Mealey and Mandy Pascual represent five of the eight honorees with a 4.0 GPA.
* Cote is the only senior honoree with a cumulative 4.00 over the past four years.

* Senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) won her final all-around competition at home with a score of 39.275 as the No. 23 University of Maryland women's gymnastics team defeated William & Mary and EAGL opponents Towson and Rutgers with a team score of 195.325 Saturday, March 16. Towson placed second with a 192.375, followed in third place by William & Mary with a team score of 192.225 and Rutgers in fourth with a score of 190.275
* Senior All-American Gillian Cote (Fredericksburg, Va.) won the floor exercise with a 9.925 to lead the Terrapins to a season-high floor exercise score of 49.225. Also scoring well on the floor exercise were seniors Mealey and her twin sister Alyssa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.). Alyssa placed second with a 9.900 and Lisa placed third with a 9.875. Lisa also placed first on the uneven bars with a 9.875.
* On the balance beam, the Terps' top competitor was sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y) who placed first with a 9.875. Freshman Leah Brill (Lancaster, Pa.) and Alyssa Mealey tied with Towson's Kristen Presutti for second place with scores of 9.825. Presutti also tied with Lisa Mealey for first place in the all-around with a 39.275.
* Saturday marked the Terps' last time competing in Ritchie Coliseum. Next season, Maryland women's gymnastics will compete in the Comcast Center.

* As of Monday, March 18, 2002, Maryland is No. 3 in the EAGL.
* The Terps' maintained the No. 13 national ranking on the balance beam.
* Senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) is ranked in the top-20 for the uneven bars at No. 20. Mealey is also No. 3 in the conference for the all-around and No. 1 for the uneven bars.
* Sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) is No. 24 nationally for the balance beam and No. 2 in the conference.

* 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 49.225 against Rutgers, Towson and William & Mary on March 23.

* 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 EAGL 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 EAGL 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 almost 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.