Jan. 19, 2013
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Continuing its domination on vault, the No. 17 Maryland gymnastics team scored a 195.975 to defeat Pittsburgh (195.650), Cornell (191.800) and Temple (190.000) Saturday night at Fitzgerald Field House.
"I'm so proud of this team," said head coach Brett Nelligan. "To start on the road two straight weeks and come out and do what they've done is incredible. This is a special group."
Just over a week after junior Katy Dodds set a program record on vault, Maryland (3-0-1, 1-0-1 EAGL) set the highest team vault score in program history with a 49.300. Senior Ally Krikorian and Dodds tied for first on vault, each scoring a 9.900.
"The vault team was exceptional," said Nelligan. "Every one of them put up huge vaults and fought for the landings. We are a very dangerous team on vault."
The Terps began the night on floor, where Krikorian tied Pitt's Alyssa Adrian for first with a 9.900. Maryland started with the lead after the first round with a 48.950 floor.
After Maryland increased its overall lead on vault, the Terps moved to uneven bars. Freshman Kathy Tang led the event on bars with a 9.850.
Maryland finished the meet on beam. Sophomore Stephanie Giameo placed on top in the event with a 9.950 to complete the Terps' win.
Maryland defeated Pittsburgh for the team's second EAGL victory of the year. The team's 195.975 points is the 10th highest score in program history.
After earning EAGL Rookie of the Week honors for her all-around effort against NC State, Tang led the in all-around with 39.375 points. Senior Kesley Cofsky earned a 39.250 and Giameo scored a 39.225 as all three Terps led the meet in the event.
"Our three all-arounders were on fire tonight," said Nelligan. "They were scoring leaders, but more importantly they were great team leaders, always pushing the pace and intensity level."
The Terps return to College Park for their first home meet of the season on Jan. 26 against North Carolina at 7:00 p.m.