Terps Place Fifth at Fayetteville Regional
April 7, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The sixth-seeded Maryland gymnastics team placed fifth Saturday night at the NCAA Regional Championships at the University of Arkansas after posting a 194.400, which is its third highest postseason score all-time. The Terps placed fourth on bars and tied for fourth on vault.
"I'm so proud of this team and how they fought today," said head coach Brett Nelligan. "It's really been a great season. To see such a young team grow and mature into great competitors throughout the season, it has been really rewarding. I'm really happy for our seniors, Becca [Pang] and Kyra [Phillips], they've had great careers and both were instrumental in our success over the past four years."
The Terps opened the competition on floor. Led by Dodds, Maryland posted a 48.850 to place sixth. Junior Ally Krikorian tied for 21st with a 9.800, while junior Kesley Cofsky and freshman Ebony Walters both had a 9.750 to tie for 32nd.
In the second rotation, Maryland competed on vault. With a score of 48.875, the Terps tied for fourth with New Hampshire. After scoring a career-high 9.900 at the EAGL Championships, Phillips tallied a 9.850 to tie for seventh. Cofsky and Dodds finished right behind Phillips with a 9.800, which tied them for 17th.
On bars for the third rotation, four Terps scored a 9.725 or higher. Sophomore Elizabethe Manzi missed her career high by 0.025 and recorded a 9.775 to finish in a tie for 13th. Sophomore Jessie Black and Dodds tied for 17th with a 9.750, while sophomore Karen Tang tied for 21st with a 9.725.
Maryland closed the meet on beam and posted a total of 48.025 to finish fifth. Freshman Stephanie Giameo tied for 13th with a 9.775.