DURHAM, N.H. – The Maryland gymnastics team posted a season-best 195.700 in a second-place finish in the EAGL Championships Saturday afternoon. The Terps also tallied a season-best score on beam with a 48.950.
"I'm so proud of the team and my staff for tonight,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “We've been through so much this season and to come out and put up our best performance of the year on such a big stage is incredible."
Host New Hampshire won the conference title with a 196.375. NC State and Rutgers tied for third followed by George Washington, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Towson taking fifth through eighth places, respectively.
Maryland gymnasts won two individual events as junior captain Stephanie Giameo took home the beam title with a season-best 9.900 and Karen Tang tied for a share of the bars title with a season-best-tying 9.875. Giameo also finished second in the all-around with a 39.225, just short of NC State’s Stephanie Ouellette who totaled 39.300.
In the second rotation, Maryland went to vault where Kathy Tang posted a team-best 9.825 to tie for third place. Freshman Nikola Chung scored a 9.800 for seventh and Giameo finished 11th with a 9.775. After two rotations, Maryland was in third place trailing just New Hampshire and George Washington.
The Terps showed their strength on bars led by Karen Tang’s 9.875 for first place. This marks her fourth consecutive meet scoring a 9.875 on the event. Jessie Black nailed her routine for a 9.850 for fifth place and freshman Sarah Faller notched a personal-best 9.825, which earned her ninth place. The Terps would enter the final rotation in second place behind New Hampshire by 0.700.
"Heading into beam I told the team to believe in themselves,” Nelligan said. “That if they hadn't believed in themselves yet this season, now was the time. They went out and competed with no fear and Stephy [Giameo] brought home a huge finish for us, she's our rock."
The Terps showed confidence on beam and scored their best mark of the season, a 48.950. Giameo took her usual spot as anchor and performed a nearly flawless routine for a 9.900 and a first-place finish. Faller added Maryland’s second-best score on the event with a personal-best-tying 9.800 for 15th place. Walters, Dani Kram and Shannon Skochko each scored 9.750 to tie for 24th place. The beam score added to their season-best 195.700 total and ultimately earned the Terps a second-place finish.
The night not only brought the Terps’ best performance of the season, but it also clinched a spot in NCAA Regionals. Maryland will find out its destination during the selection show on Monday. The regional meet will take place on Saturday, April 5.
"Again, I'm so proud of the team and staff,” Nelligan said. “It's been a great journey and we're excited to see where our next stop takes us."