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Maryland Women's Gymnastics Makes Top-25
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 01/29/2002

Jan. 29, 2002

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GOVERNOR'S CUP PREVIEW

* No. 25 Maryland will host three East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) opponents Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the seventh annual Governor's Cup.

* In addition to being a standard quad-meet, the Governor's Cup pits the state of Maryland (University of Maryland and Towson University) against the state of North Carolina (University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University).

* Last year, the state of Maryland was victorious 388.325-387.150. As for the Terps, they placed third with a team score of 194.100. The University of Maryland has been the victorious school only once, in 2000.

* Maryland is the only ranked team competing in the meet.

THEN-NO. 1 GEORGIA WINS TRI-MEET AT MARYLAND

* Senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) placed second in the all-around with a score of 39.375 as the University of Maryland women's gymnastics team fell to No. 1 Georgia 194.875 - 196.475. Temple University placed third in the tri-meet with a score of 189.950.

* Senior Gillian Cote (Fredericksburg, Va.) turned in her best performance this season, winning the floor exercise with a 9.950. Placing second on floor behind Cote was senior Alyssa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) with a career-high 9.925.

* Lisa Mealey enjoyed her third consecutive meet as the Terps' top all-around competitor, registering a career-record tying 9.850 on vault, a 9.900 on the uneven bars, a 9.725 on beam, and a new career-high 9.900 on the floor exercise. Other Terrapins matching or setting personal records were sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.), tying her beam record with a 9.900, and sophomore Katherine Schroeder (Carrollton, Texas) with a 9.700 on vault and a 9.800 on the floor exercise. Freshman Leah Brill (Lancaster, Pa.) improved upon the first two meets of her college career by earning a 9.750 on beam and a 9.725 on bars.

* Georgia's Corey Fritzinger earned two perfect 10.000 scores, first on the uneven bars and then three rotations later on vault. Bulldog Chelsa Byrd also earned a 10.000 on vault, tying Fritzinger for first place. In the other events, Fritzinger earned a 9.900 on the balance beam and a 9.875 to give her a first place all-around score of 39.775.

* Temple was led by Brynne Hillman and Cicely Warrington, who placed fourth and fifth in the all-around, respectively. Warrington was the Owl's top beam performer with a sixth place score of 9.750, and Hillman led the Temple competitors on floor with a 9.650. The Owl's team vault score of 48.075 set a new school record.

TERPS TOP COLONIALS

* Senior Kit Johnson (Virginia Beach, Va.), won the balance beam competition with a school record-tying 9.950 as the University of Maryland women's gymnastics team (1-1, 0-0 EAGL) edged George Washington (5-1, 1-0 Atlantic-10) 194.550-193.850.

* Senior Lisa Mealey led the Terps with a second place all-around score of 39.400, which is not only a new career-high for Mealey, but also ties for the eighth-highest all-around score ever. Mealey placed first on the uneven bars with a 9.900, tied for first on vault with a 9.800 and placed second on the floor exercise with a 9.875. Additionally, her fifth place 9.825 beam score marked a new career-high.

* Four Maryland gymnasts earned scores of 9.800 or higher en route to the Terps earning their best team beam score since 1999 with a 49.200. Adding to Johnson's 9.950 were a 9.875 earned by senior Gillian Cote, a 9.850 earned by sophomore Sarah Hoenig and Mealey's career-high 9.825.

* George Washington had a solid night, with senior co-captain Devin McCalla winning the all-around with a 39.450 and senior Jessica Mantak placing third with a 38.675. McCalla was the Colonials' top competitor in every event, tying with Mealey for first place on vault with a 9.800, placing third on bars with a 9.850 and second on beam with a 9.900, and winning the floor exercise with a 9.900.

MAGNIFICENT MEALEY

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

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

* As of Jan. 28, Mealey was ranked No. 11 nationally in the all-around, No. 3 in the region, and first in the conference.

* Mealey is currently tied with senior Gillian Cote for the highest uneven bars score in the Maryland record books with a 9.925.

BALANCING BEAM AND FLOOR

* The floor exercise and the balance beam have proven to be the Terps' best events so far this season.

* Currently ranked No. 20 nationally on beam, Maryland has posted seven scores of 9.800 or higher on the event, including a 9.850, 9.875 and 9.950 by Sarah Hoenig, Gillian Cote and Kit Johnson against George Washington on Jan. 25.

* As for floor, the Terps have earned eight scores of 9.800 or higher, three of which were above a 9.900.

SENSATIONAL SENIORS

* In addition to Lisa Mealey, the Terrapin senior class has been showing leadership and experience in 2002.

* In the third meet of the season, Kit Johnson 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.

IN THE RANKINGS EARLY

* In just one week, Maryland jumped from last place in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League and no national ranking to being No. 1 in the conference and a No. 25 national standing.

* In the southeast region, Maryland falls just behind No. 2 Georgia and No. 13 Florida.

* Maryland is also in the top-25 in individual events. As of Jan. 28, the Terps are No. 20 on the balance beam and No. 22 on vault.



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