The Maryland gymnastics team fell to North Carolina Sunday afternoon, 194.700 to 192.300. Despite individual wins on beam and vault, the team could not get past the Tar Heels.
Senior Katy Dodds injured her Achilles in warm ups and had to be pulled from the meet. Doctors will confirm her diagnosis tomorrow. Dodds earned All-America honors last season.
“Today was another tough day,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “It’s hard to see these young women work so hard all year and then to watch them go down with an injury, especially when it’s a senior.”
Stephanie Giameo had a shaky start on bars, but came back strong in the next three rotations. Giameo won beam with a 9.800, placed second on vault with a 9.800 and tied for second on floor with a 9.775. She finished third all around with a total score of 38.450. Kathy Tang finished fourth all-around with a 37.875. Carolina placed first and second.
The Terps started the meet on bars. Karen Tang scored a team-high 9.725 to tie for fifth place. Maryland then went on to vault, where it posted the two top scores. Kathy Tang won the event with a 9.850 and Giameo placed second.
Maryland had strong performances on floor in the third rotation. There was a four-way tie for second between Giameo, Karen Tang, Kathy Tang and Carolina’s Haley Watts who all scored 9.775s. Lexi Cappalli won the event for the Tar Heels with a score of 9.825.
Maryland faced some trouble on beam in its final rotation. Carolina posted six of the top seven scores, but a 9.800 from Giameo earned her a first-place finish on the event.
“I thought the team did a really good job doing their best to refocus through the first three events, but we just couldn’t hold it together at the end,” Nelligan said.
The Terps continue EAGL competition Saturday Feb. 1 at New Hampshire.