Maryland Gymnastics Takes On George Washington Wednesday

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Feb. 11, 2002


* The Maryland Terrapins women's gymnastics team (7-3, 3-1EAGL) will compete in Washington, D.C. Wednesday night in their second meet with the George Washington Colonials this season.

* Second Time Around. In the last meeting between the Terps and the Colonials on Jan. 25, Maryland was victorious 194.550-193.850, giving the Terps a 29-28 lead in the all-time series between the schools.

* Ready For Rhode Island. The Terps return home to Ritchie Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 16 to take on the Rhode Island Rams. Maryland goes into the meet undefeated at home this season.


* In their most recent outing, the George Washington Colonials placed third at North Carolina with a team score of 191.900. The Colonial's Devin McCalla placed third in the all-around with a score of 38.675 and Jessica Mantak placed sixth in the all-around with a 37.400. North Carolina won the meet with a score of 193.825, followed by Bowling Green in second place with a score of 193.675.

* The Rhode Island Rams (4-4) finished in second place behind then-No. 24 North Carolina State (8-2), but topped Brown (7-4), Yale (4-5) and Massachusetts (1-9) at the Rhode Island Invitational. N.C. State eanred its second-highest team score of the season with a 190.600. Rhode Island totaled 190.925 while Brown placed third with190.450, Yale placed fifth with189.650 and Massachusetts placed sixth with 189.575.


* Senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) placed first on the uneven bars with a 9.925 as the No. 22 University of Maryland women's gymnastics team (7-3, 3-1 EAGL) fell to the West Virginia Mountaineers (10-2) 193.875-194.400. No. 14 Kent State University (5-2) placed third in the quad-meet with a 193.775 and James Madison (1-5) placed fourth totaling 187.550.

* In the all-around competition, Mealey placed third with a 39.175, followed in fourth place by Terrapin senior Gillian Cote (Fredericksburg, Va.) with a 39.150. Cote was also Maryland's top competitor on the balance beam, placing second with a 9.875, and on the floor exercise, placing third with a 9.900. On bars, Cote and senior Alyssa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) tied for fourth place with a 9.825.

* As a team, Maryland earned its third consecutive floor exercise score of 49.000 or higher with a 49.000. Five of the Terps' six floor competitors earned scores of 9.700 or higher. Freshman Leah Brill (Lancaster, Pa.) earned a season-high 9.700 on vault and placed sixth on beam with a season-high 9.825.


* The No. 25 University of Maryland women's gymnastics team remained ranked despite a slim loss to defending East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) champion West Virginia Sunday night.

* Individually, senior Lisa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) remains in the national top-20 for the all-around, moving up from the No. 15 spot to No. 12. Mealey is also No. 7 for the uneven bars. Senior Alyssa Mealey (Bensalem, Pa.) also remained in the top-20 for the uneven bars this week at No. 19.

* Maryland fell to No. 4 in the southeast region and No. 2 in the EAGL, but remains No. 1 in the conference on the uneven bars. Lisa Mealey is also No. 4 in the all-around in the region for the all-around and No. 2 on the uneven bars for the second consecutive week. Mealey is No. 1 in the EAGL for the all-around.


* 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 ninth-highest all-around score with a 39.400.

* As of Feb. 11, Mealey was ranked No. 12 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 for having back-to-back outstanding meets on Jan. 25 against George Washington and on Jan. 27 against Georgia and Temple.

* 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.


* 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.

* As of the Governor's Cup meet on Feb. 2, Cote holds the team's season-high scores on the uneven bars (9.9), 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.