Terps Defeat Colonials In Home Opener

Jan. 25, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - 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 (Bensalem, Pa.) 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 (Fredericksburg, Va.), a 9.850 earned by sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) 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.

The Terps' three-meet homestand continues Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. as they host Temple and No. 1 Georgia in their first tri-meet of the 2002 season. All home meets are held at Ritchie Coliseum in College Park, Md.