Feb. 13, 2002
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Gillian Cote (Fredericksburg, Va.) won the all-around competition with a 39.350 as the University of Maryland women's gymnastics team defeated the 2001 Atlantic 10 Champions, George Washington 195.350-194.875. The Terps team score is the highest this season and the team vault score of 48.650 matches the highest score this season.
The Colonials only trailed the Terps by a slim margin throughout the meet, but five out of six Maryland gymnast completed their balance beam routines without a fall in the final rotation to seal the victory.
In addition to winning the all-around, Cote tied with Colonial senior Devin McCalla for first place on vault with a 9.825, tied with Terrapin Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) for first on the uneven bars with a 9.850, and placed second on both the balance beam and floor exercise with scores of 9.800 and 9.875, respectively. Mealey, who is No. 12 nationally in the all-around as of Feb. 11, placed third in the all-around with a score of 39.075, marking her sixth consecutive meet scoring a 39 or above in the all-around. On beam, sophomore Sarah Hoenig (Seaford, N.Y.) placed first with a 9.850.
The Colonials edged the Terps on vault 48.675-48.650 and on the floor exercise 49.150-49.075. McCalla's 9.9 floor exercise score led the Colonial's floor competitors who did not score less than a 9.750. However, Maryland's floor score is the fourth consecutive score of 49 or higher.
Maryland (8-3, 3-1 East Atlantic Gymnastics League) returns home to Ritchie Coliseum Saturday, Feb. 16 to take on Atlantic-10 opponent Rhode Island beginning at 7 p.m.
George Washington 194.875
1. Devin McCalla, GW 9.825
1. Gillian Cote, MD 9.825
3. Lindsay Parks, GW 9.800
1. Devin McCalla, GW 9.900
2. Jessica Mantak, GW 9.875
2. Gillian Cote, MD 9.875