The Terps cracked the top-25 for the first time this season, but they couldn't overcome their mistakes on the road at No. 23 Minnesota on Saturday.
Maryland had some positive moments, but they never put pressure on the Golden Gophers. Minnesota never trailed for the duration of the meet.
Here are three things that we learned from the Maryland-Minnesota meet:
1) Abbie Epperson has a chance to be a star this season
Epperson took second in the All-Around competition and was perhaps the brightest moment of the meet for Maryland. Head coach Brett Nelligan has to like what he has seen so far this season from his super sophomore.
2) Maryland left themselves with no margin for error
Emily Brauckmuller had an 8.875 on the floor exercise. The lowest score is dropped for each team so every other Maryland gymnast had to do very well. Unfortunately for Maryland, Leah Slobodin and Megan McClleland each scored below a 9.6. That dragged down Maryland's score. The team score on floor was 49.100-48.325 in favor of Minnesota. That is a huge disparity in gymnastics.
Alex Robinson had a very poor performance on the bars and Evelyn Nee didn't perform well on the beam. Maryland made mistakes and didn't execute with their other gymnasts.
3) Maryland is a very young team
We're going to find out how resilient Maryland is when they host Penn State next weekend at the Xfinity Center.