Terps Tie No. 22 NC State in Season Opener
Jan. 11, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Junior Katy Dodds set a new program record on vault with a 9.975 as the Maryland gymnastics team tied No. 22 NC State, 195.000-195.000, in the season opener on Friday.
The Terps' 195.000 total is the highest season-opening total for a Terrapin team all-time.
"What a great way to start the season," said head coach Brett Nelligan. "I'm really proud of the team. They came out tonight and were really determined to make a statement about where we feel we belong in the conference. Putting up a performance like this on the road, against a strong team, in front of a tough crowd is a great sign. This is going to be an exciting season."
The team tied for seventh in program history on vault with an overall score of 49.125. Dodds led the way, receiving a 10.00 from one of the judges.
"Katy's vault was as close to perfect as you can get," said Nelligan. "It was incredible."
The Terps started the meet on uneven bars. Junior Karen Tang, who was named to the 2012 All-EAGL first team on bars, received the highest score on the team with a 9.800. Freshman Kathy Tang and sophomore Stephanie Giameo each posted 9.775 on the apparatus.
Maryland moved to vault next, the highlight of the night for the Terps. All six Maryland gymnasts posted 9.600 or higher. In her first collegiate meet, Kathy Tang posted a 9.900 on the apparatus, and senior Ally Krikorian earned a 9.875. At the halfway point of the meet, Maryland narrowly trailed NC State, 97.450-97.475.
The Terps gained the lead after floor. Krikorian posted a 9.875, and Dodds and Kathy Tang each earned 9.800. Maryland led, 146.200-146.075, going into the final event.
Maryland finished the event on beam. Giameo posted a meet-high 9.900 on the apparatus. NC State finished the night with strong performances on floor, leaving the teams tied at 195.000 for the event.
Kathy Tang had a strong all-around performance for her first collegiate event. Tang earned a team-high 39.075, with her highest score coming on vault. She earned a 9.600 or higher on all apparatuses.
"I was really impressed with Kathy," said Nelligan. "She's been great in the gym all preseason, but she kicked it up a notch in her debut tonight."
The Terps return to competition on Jan. 19 in Pittsburgh against Pittsburgh, Cornell and Temple at 7:00 p.m.