When a team makes mistakes and doesn't give themselves a chance to win, those can be the toughest losses to swallow.
That's what happened to the GymTerps on Monday night in Ann Arbor.
Maryland scored a 194.075 at the meet and finished MORE THAN THREE POINTS behind Michigan's 197.425.
Here's three things that we learned from the Michigan tri-meet:
1) Michigan is the class of the Big Ten
For those that know college gymnastics, this comes as no surprise. Outside of one 9.150 score, the Wolverines didn't have a single gymnast that scored under 9.750. They were lights out, and it quickly became very apparent that Maryland had no shot at beating them on Monday night.
2) Maryland once again got off to a bad start
The GymTerps started on bars. Sophomore Evelyn Nee had an 8.250 and freshman Alex Robinson had a 9.025. Those two scores sunk Maryland's team score because while Nee's score got dropped, it left no margin for error. Robinson's score was picked up and hurt the overall team score.
Maryland moved to beam, where they would record their second worst event score of the meet.
Abbie Epperson, Megan McClelland and Kathy Tang all had average scores (9.475, 9.450 and 9.525 respectively), and halfway through the meet, Maryland's chances of winning were over.
3) Maryland has the ability to move past mistakes
The Terrapins improved as the meet went on. They had their worst performance on bars, didn't do a great job on beam, but did better on floor and had their best event score in their final event, the vault.
This team is still very young and very raw. Some teams and some kids would have packed it in, knowing that they were essentially eliminated from beating Michigan or Eastern Michigan. Instead, the GymTerps showed a lot of pride as a team and put together two very good performances on floor and vault.