Byrnes Leads Women's Gymnastics at Bubble
March 9, 1998
Senior Megyn Byrnes (Mahopac, N.Y. / Mahopac) finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.475 and a tie for first-place on bars with a season-high and Maryland 1998 team-high score of 9.825 as the women's gymnastics team placed second at the Bubble Invitational at N.C. State. Byrnes led a Maryland team effort which scored a season-high on bars (48.525) and a season-high team score (192.075). Despite its strong outing, Maryland could not overcome a strong No. 24 N.C. State Wolfpack team which, before a home crowd of 3,959, scored a season-high 195.450. Rounding out the field were James Madison (184.900), Radford (184.225) and William & Mary (183.400).
Maryland's teamwork was clearly seen in the bars segment of the meet as four of the six gymnasts scored or tied season-highs including Byrnes. Junior Christine Holcombe (McMurray, Pa. / Peters Township) placed fourth overall with a season-high 9.775 and freshman Karyn Fein (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence) scored a season-high 9.725. Senior Alexis Moran (Minersville, Pa. / Minersville) also performed well as she tied a season-high on with a 9.725.
Freshman Jodi Morgan (East Petersburg, Pa. / Hempfield) also stood out as she placed fourth on vault with a score of 9.675 and also scored a season-high 9.775 on beam.
The meet also marked the return of senior Stacy Breidenbach (Hillsdale, N.J. / Pleasant Valley(Pa.), who had missed the last three meets with a broken left hand. Breidenbach competed on beam and floor and scored a 9.325 and 9.425, respectively.
Maryland falls to 3-6 in the EAGL after losing to conference rival N.C. State, but improves to 17-9 overall. The Terrapins will close out the regular season in College Park on Wed., March 11 at 7 p.m. when they take on the George Washington University Colonials at Ritchie Coliseum. This season Maryland is 1-1 against the Colonials.
RESULTS TEAM SCORES 1. N.C. State University 195.450 2. University of Maryland 192.075 3. James Madison University 184.900 4. Radford University 184.225 5. College of William & Mary 183.400 ALL-AROUND 1. Kara Charles (NC) 38.525 2. Megyn Byrnes (MD) 38.375 3. Holly Saunders (RU) 37.450 4. Allyson Betar (JMU) 36.700 5. Brandee Gound (WM) 36.450 VAULT 1. Ashley Hutsell (NC) 9.825 2. Holly Saunders (RU) 9.800 3. Gemma Robinson (NC) 9.750 4. Jodi Morgan (MD) 9.675 5. Stephanie Flanagan (NC) 9.650 Amy Langendorf (NC) 9.650 BARS 1. Amy Langendorf (NC) 9.825 Megyn Byrnes (MD) 9.825 3. Mara Clamage (JMU) 9.800 4. Stephanie Wall (NC) 9.775 Jenny Sommer (NC) 9.775 Christine Holcombe (MD) 9.775 Wendy Davis (RU) 9.775 BEAM 1. Stephanie Wall (NC) 9.950 Monica Berry (NC) 9.950 3. Kara Charles (NC) 9.925 4. Jenny Sommer (NC) 9.850 Wendy Davis (NC) 9.850 FLOOR 1. Ashley Hutsell (NC) 9.875 2. Jenny Sommer (NC) 9.850 3. Stephanie Flanagan (NC) 9.825 4. Maggie Haney (NC) 9.800 5. Kara Charles (NC) 9.700