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MM 1.18: Maryland gymnastics wins opener at No. 25 Penn State

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

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Maryland gymnastics had its first competition of the 2020 season on Sunday, posting 194.875 points in a win over No. 25 Penn State.

After senior Audrey Barber and sophomore Emma Silberman each picked up 9.85 points on the uneven bars, Maryland couldn’t keep its consistency and struggled the rest of the first apparatus. But that all began to change in the second — sophomore Reese McClure kicked it off with a 9.85-point performance on the vault.

“We haven’t competed over 300 days. Once we got that first rotation out of the way they really kind of turned into themselves,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “You could see them really get into kind of an attack mode on beam and floor and that carried us through.”

McClure eventually earned a career-high 9.925 points on the vault, as well.

With the postponement of Friday’s home opener against Michigan State, the Terps won’t be in action again until Jan. 30 at Rutgers.

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