Terps Set For NCATA Semifinals
April 25, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
#5 Azusa Pacific
Meet Time: 5:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. CT)
NCATA Championships Info
Scouting The Terps
Last year, Maryland finished the 2010-11 season No. 2 in the inaugural NCATA season. The Terrapins went 9-1 on the year and went all the way to the NCATA Finals before falling to Oregon, 283.482 to 283.352.
Most recently, the Terps (8-1) outlasted Fairmont State to win 291.150 to 286.650 in Fairmont, W.Va.
The Terps' score of 58.65 in the tumbling round was the highest in NCATA history and beat their own record they set three times this season already.
Scouting The Cougars
Azusa Pacific finished the 2012 season third in the NCATA standings.
Maryland is 2-0 all-time vs. Azusa Pacific.
The Comcast Center Pavilion has played host to four of Maryland's regular season meets. The Terps are 6-0 on their home floor.
Chiriaco was a member of the first recruiting class at Maryland, back in 2004. She served as team captain in her junior and senior years and helped lead the team to three NCA titles in 2006, 2007, and 2008. After she graduated with her degree from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at Maryland, Chiriaco stayed on staff as a volunteer assistant for the last three years.
"Laura has been a part of this program from day one and she truly understands where we want it to go," director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. "She has seen it evolve over the last seven years. She has a true passion for Maryland and for this team."
Senior Lindsey Kaufmann was honored Wednesday with the Louise Goodrum Academic Achievement Award. The award was named after Goodrum for her contributions to not only the sport of acrobatics and tumbling, but to college athletics and students in general. Goodrum is best remembered for the way she was able to listen and very subtly give advice
The Terrapins won four event titles at last year's NCATA Championships.
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