With the regular season waning, No. 21 Maryland gymnastics came to Washington D.C. Friday night looking to extend its two-meet win streak.
The Terps (13-8, 2-7 Big Ten) scored 195.700, placing second to George Washington, who scored 195.950. Maryland defeated William & Mary and Towson, who notched 195.425 and 192.800.
Coach Brett Nelligan’s squad began on the floor and scored a 49.375.
“I thought we started really hot, that was the intensity we wanted to come out with,” Nelligan said. “They were just really in a perfect zone of floor. All their passes were clean.”
Maddie Komoroski’s ability to rotate her body around in the air during her double leap series earned her a 9.900. She’s now reached or past that score on floor in her last three meets.
Emma Silberman and Reece McClure also earned 9.900s and displayed immense control of the floor. They squeezed their legs in the air and maintained strong vision to land their tumbling passes.
The Terps entered their vault unit after a score of 49.225 last Sunday. They didn’t match that score Friday and instead earned a 49.000.
Olivia Weir tied her season-high on vault, 9.850, after nearly sticking her landing on a Yurchenko full. The junior raised her average in the event to 9.800. Alexsis Rubio scored a 9.850 alongside her as the duo tied for the meet’s highest vault scores.
Rhea LeBlanc led Maryland in the uneven bars but missed the high bar. She finished with a perfect stuck landing but notched by far her lowest score of the season with a 8.925. Silberman led the meet with a 9.875 while Tasha Brozowski, Sierra Kondo and Aleka Tsiknias each notched 9.800s. Maryland finished with a 49.075.
Komoroski made her bar debut in the exhibition spot, with Nelligan indicating she could see a bigger role in the event moving forward.
“I didn’t want to put too much on her plate. You know, she’s a freshman,” Nelligan said. “… She’s a good bar worker. I think she has a great future on that event.”
Komoroski lead the meet with a 9.875 on beam. Elizabeth DeBarberie hadn’t competed in the event since Feb. 19 but rejoined Maryand’s lineup. The junior tied her season high with a 9.825 with an elegant front arial.
Josephine Kogler and Victoria Gatzendorfer each collectively fell off the beam apparatus and earned scores of 8.875 and 8.800 respectively.
The Terps’ beam unit earned a 48.250, the team’s second-lowest beam score of the season, to end the meet.
Silberman placed first in the all-around competition and set a season high with a score of 39.400.
“She’s just grown so much,” Nelligan said. “She’s such a dominant competitor which coming in as a freshman, I don’t think that’s something I would have said about her but she is the total package now.”