Maryland gymnastics opened the 2015-2016 season at the Pittsburgh quad meet. The final results looked like this:
1 Eastern Michigan University 194.875
2 University of Maryland 194.400
3 Towson University 192.775
4 University of Pittsburgh 191.050
Here are three things that we learned from the Pittsburgh quad meet:
1) Maryland will only go as far as Kathy Tang and Abbie Epperson carry them
Take a look at the final results in the All-Around competition:
1 Lindsay Offutt University of Pittsburgh 39.100
2 Catie Conrad Eastern Michigan University 39.050
3 Kathy Tang University of Maryland 39.025
4 Abbie Epperson University of Maryland 38.775
5 Tyra McKellar Towson University 38.275
6 Katie McGrady Towson University 37.825
Tang and Epperson are clearly the top performers on this team. If either of them gets hurt, this team could be in trouble.
2) Floor did not go so well for the Terps today
Emily Brauckmuller's performance tied for the 5th highest score of the day but no other Terp finished in the top-10.
Leah Slobodin and Macey Roberts tied for 11th, Megan McClelland tied for 15th, and Tang and Epperson tied for 20th. Maryland posted a score of 48.025 as a team. It was the third-highest score of the four teams.
3) Maryland crushed it on the bars
Epperson had the highest score on bars at the meet with a 9.875. McClelland tied for 2nd with a 9.85, Sarah Faller had a 9.825 and Tang had a 9.8. If you throw in Evelyn Nee's 9.775, the Terps had five of the top-10 performers on uneven parallel bars. Maryland posted a 49.125 on the bars. Not only was that 49.125 the highest team score on the bars, it was the highest score for any of the events at the meet.