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Maryland gymnastics freshman Audrey Barber named First Team All-Big Ten

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Maryland gymnastics Audrey Barber Photo by Maryland Athletics

For the first time since joining the Big Ten in 2014, Maryland has an all-conference first team gymnast. Freshman Audrey Barber was one of 16 such honorees announced by the conference Monday.

Barber led the Terps and finished seventh in the conference with an average Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 39.300 in the all-around. She’s eighth in the conference in two of the sport’s four rotations, with a 9.890 RQS on bars and a 9.880 mark on the floor.

Sophomore Alicia Farina was selected to the league’s second team. Maryland had four different all-conference second teamers in its first three seasons in the Big Ten, but all such honorees have graduated, and underclassmen like Barber and Farina have become the centerpieces.

Maryland (18-7, 5-4 Big Ten) is having its best season as a team since switching conferences. The Terps will be in the evening session of the Big Ten championships—which features the top six teams—this weekend after being in the afternoon session the previous three years. Their team RQS ranks 29th in the country; if they can remain in the top 36 through this weekend, they’ll make NCAA nationals.

In other news

Maryland women’s basketball saw its season come to an end Sunday. I wrote about what to make of a year that was still productive, even if it didn’t match the accomplishments of the past.

The men’s soccer team is playing friendlies in the UK over spring break. The Terps’ scheduled match against the Stoke City U-23 team was canceled due to poor pitch conditions at the Premier League club’s training ground, so they instead headed to Wales and beat the Connah’s Quay Nomads FC reserves, 3-0.

Diamond Stone is still putting up impressive stat lines in the NBA G League. Here are some highlights of his latest outing for the Salt Lake City Stars.

And finally, here’s Kasim Hill getting behind a cause.

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