No. 22 Maryland gymnastics placed ninth at the Big Ten Championships Saturday, scoring 195.900 in Iowa City. No.2 Michigan followed its success from 2022 and continued its reign as Big Ten champions with a 198.000.
Nelligan’s floor unit led off and earned a 49.075. The Terps entered the meet coming off a 49.475 last week at the Maryland Five.
Tayler Osterhout led the team with a 9.850. In one of their final performances, seniors Emma Silberman and Reese McClure delivered high flying tumbling passes and leap sequences with immense power, each earning a 9.825.
Maddie Komoroski’s flexibility was on full display during her performance as she hit a 9.800. Komoroski exhibited a nearly flawless ring leap in her floor routine and followed it with a perfect 180 degree leap. The freshman now averages a 9.864 on the event during the regular season, the second-highest among the Terps.
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Maryland’s vault unit fell below expectations. The Terps earned 48.900, their lowest of the season.
Taylor Rech hopped on her vault landing multiple times and earned a 9.500, the lowest score of her young career and tied for the worst in the event.
Josephine Kogler earned a 9.825. She too hopped slightly on her landing, deducting points from her score.
Nelligan’s squad’s earned a 49.100 on uneven bars, 0.625 behind the Wolverines’ score. Aleka Tsiknias led the Terps with a 9.875, her squad’s highest score and tied for the 15th highest bars score of the afternoon. Tsiknias gained great height and airtime on her first skill, a straddle yaeger.
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Sierra Kondo earned a 9.850, a slight dip from last Sunday when she nailed a season-high 9.925. Kondo’s form throughout her routine remained maintained clean and tight form. The sophomore made sure to keep her legs together while transitioning between each bar.
Victoria Gatznendorfer and Silberman each earned a 9.775 on the event, tying for 46th best in the event.
The Terps ended their day on the balance beam, where they’ve been inconsistent this season. They’re No. 30 on beam and struggled again Saturday with a 48.825.
Maryland’s lone all-arounder, Silberman, placed 16th out of 18 participants with a 39.025.
The highest place a Maryland gymnast placed on a single event was 15th place on Tsiknias’ bar finish. The other Terps’ leaders were as follows: Osterhout finished tied for 16th in floor routines, McClure finished tied for 23rd on beam and Kogler and Rubio both finished tied for 20th for vault.
Maryland will compete in the NCAA regional on March 29 next.