Maryland gymnastics fell to Central Michigan Friday night in its season opener, 194.800 – 192.050 in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
“Tonight was a bit of a rough start for us,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “We had some uncharacteristic mistakes on bars, our first event, and could never really seem to get going."
Maryland started on bars, led by a team-high 9.825 from Kathy Tang, which resulted in a four-way tie for first place between her and three CMU gymnasts. Katy Dodds (9.725) and Sarah Faller (9.650) provided big routines, but the Terps would end the rotation trailing CMU 48.625 to 47.750.
Maryland then went to vault, where Kathy Tang recorded a team-high 9.775 to tie for second in the event. Dodds placed fifth with a 9.725. Nikola Chung (9.675) and Stephanie Giameo (9.650) both helped the Terps, as well, but Maryland would trail 97.550 to 96.225 at the halfway point.
On the floor exercise the Terps began to look like themselves again with huge routines from Karen Tang (9.775), Emily Brauckmuller (9.700) and Ebony Walters (9.600), which added to Maryland’s score of 48.2 in the event. After three rotations, Maryland still trailed CMU, 146.275 to 144.425.
Giameo tied for first place on beam with a 9.800. Walters performed a great routine, as well, earning a 9.725 and a tie for fifth place. Despite their performances, the Terps could not get past CMU.
Giameo and Kathy Tang both participated in all four events. Giameo placed second all-around with a score of 38.500 and Tang placed third with a 37.650.
"We'll rebound from this and be ready for our home opener next week," Nelligan said.
Maryland hosts West Virginia in its home opener at Comcast Center on Friday Jan. 17.