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No. 21 Maryland Gymnastics Takes on No. 20 Penn State
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 03/05/2002

March 5, 2002

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PENN STATE HOSTS MARYLAND AND RHODE ISLAND
* No. 21 Maryland Terrapins travel to University Park, Pa., Saturday, March 9 to take on No. 20 Nittany Lions of Penn State. Rhode Island is the third team competing in the tri-meet.
* At their last meeting on March 3, 2001, Maryland upset then-No.11 Penn State 195.500-195.350.
* Penn State leads the all-time series between the schools, 4-1.
* Maryland has defeated Rhode Island once this season, topping the Rams 196.100-189.225 on February 16 at Ritchie Coliseum.

TERPS FALL TO NO. 1 GEORGIA
* Seniors Gillian Cote (Fredericksburg, Va.) and Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) tied for fourth place in the all-around competition with scores of 38.875 as the No. 17 University of Maryland women's gymnastics team placed fourth at the University of Florida last Friday night with a team score of 192.925.
* No. 1 Georgia placed first with a team score of 196.300, followed by host No. 13 Florida in second place with a 196.100, and No. 11 Iowa State placed third with a team score of 194.975.
* Maryland's team score is the third-highest away score this season.
* Cote also placed fifth on the balance beam with a score of 9.800. On vault, Cote's 9.675 tied with senior Kit Johnson (Virginia Beach, Va.) for the best Maryland score. Mealey earned a 9.800 on the floor exercise and a 9.775 on the uneven bars to finish as the Terps' top competitor on both events.
* Sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) tied her season-high on the floor exercise with a 9.750.

TERPS IN THE RANKINGS
* As of Monday, March 4, 2002, Maryland is No. 21 in the NCAA. Maryland remains No. 1 in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) and is No. 3 in the southeast region.
* In addition to being No. 21 overall, the Terps are No. 24 on the floor exercise and No. 11 on the balance beam. Maryland is second in the southeast region on beam and first in the conference.
* Senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) is ranked in the top-20 for the all-around at No. 19. Senior All-American Gillian Cote (Fredericksburg, Va.) is No. 23 for the all-around.
* Maryland also has competitors in the top-25 for individual events, including sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) at No. 25 for the balance beam and Mealey at No. 24 for the uneven bars.
* Mealey matched the school record for uneven bars, held by herself and Gillian Cote, by earning a 9.925 against West Virginia, James Madison and Kent State.

MAGNIFICENT MEALEY
* Lisa Mealey began the 2002 season strong as the Terps' top competitor in five of theTerps' 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.
* As of Feb. 25, 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. 1 for the balance beam.
* The Terps posted a season-high of 49.200 on Jan. 25 against George Washington.
* 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.

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.

SENSATIONAL SENIORS
* 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-captian Gillian Cote and Alyssa Mealey, who registered scores of 9.95 and 9.925 on the floor exercise against then-No. 1 Georgia.



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