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Maryland gymnastics qualifies for NCAA Tournament with highest seed in program history

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 second straight year, Maryland gymnastics will be headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Terps will compete in the second session of the Athens Regional, which will take place on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. ET.

After qualifying for the NCAA Tournament last year for the first time since 2015, this year Maryland will enter the regional as the No. 28 seed, the highest in program history. The Terps finished the year with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 195.84, which is calculated using an intricate method. The RQS takes a team’s six highest scores, three of which must be on the road, removes the high score, then averages the remaining five. Maryland scored a season-high 196.525 on Senior Sunday on March 10, but four of its other five scores used for its RQS came in road meets.

The top two teams at each regional, the top all-around competitor not from an advancing team, and the top event specialist who is not part of an advancing team or all-around competitor will head to the national championships, which will take place April 19-20 in Fort Worth, Texas.

In other news

Two days after the Maryland men’s basketball’s season ended in the second roundof the NCAA Tournament, the women’s team did the same, falling at home to UCLA.

Thomas wrote about how the men’s team’s chemistry made the loss to LSU that much more painful.

Wrestling’s Youssif Hemida ended his Maryland career with a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships, becoming an All-American for the second straight year.

Maryland men’s lacrosse is up to No. 3 in both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The women’s team remained No. 2 in both.

The Diamondback’s Eric Myers wrote about how the men’s team’s passing and off-ball movement helped counter North Carolina’s physicality.

And last, but certainly not least, Maryland volleyball’s Katie Myers has been named to the US Collegiate National Team, which will compete in Japan in May.