Terrapin Gymnasts Win Governor's Cup

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Feb. 2, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Gillian Cote (Fredericksburg, Va.) placed first in the all-around with a score of 39.425 as the No. 25 University of Maryland women's gymnastics team (5-2, 3-0 EAGL) defeated East Atlantic Gymnastics League opponents North Carolina (8-6, 1-2 EAGL), NC State (4-3, 2-1 EAGL) and Towson (4-6, 0-3 EAGL) in the seventh-annual Governor's Cup with a season-high team score of 195.300. Maryland's team uneven bars score of 49.275 is the second-highest in school history.

NC State placed second with a score of 194.825, followed in third place by North Carolina (194.675) and Towson placed fourth, totaling 190.575. In the competition between the states, North Carolina was victorious over Maryland 389.500-385.875.

Cote's performance was her most solid this season, earning her the balance beam title with a 9.925, a share of the uneven bars title with a 9.900, and second place on the floor exercise with a 9.875. Senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.), who is currently No. 11 nationally in the all-around, competed well for her fourth consecutive meet, capturing a share of the bars title with a 9.900, winning vault with a 9.850 and placing second in the all-around with a 39.175. Freshman Leah Brill (Lancaster, Pa.) also turned in the best meet of her rookie season so far, placing fourth on floor with a 9.850 and fourth in the all-around with a 39.125.

NC State led the Terrapins after the first and third rotations, posting a team floor score of 48.775 and a team bars score of 49.000. As for North Carolina, Anna Wilson placed first on the floor exercise with a 9.925 and Olivia Trusty claimed the vault title with a 9.875. Trusty also tied with Cote, Mealey and Towson's Sarah Adams for first place on bars with a 9.900.

Although Towson was plagued by injuries, Jenn Baierlein held on to place third in the all-around with a 39.150. Kristen Presutti also came through for the Tigers, tying for second place on the floor exercise with a 9.875 and tying for third place on beam with a 9.825.

After a three-meet homestand, the Terps head to Charleston, W. Va. to take on West Virginia, James Madison and Kent Sunday, Feb. 10. The meet will begin at 6 p.m.