Maryland gymnastics scored a season-high 196.025 at the George Washington quad meet on Sunday afternoon, besting Rutgers and Towson, but not the Colonials, who scored a 196.600. Sunday's event was the culmination of a brutal stretch in the schedule in which the Terrapins had four different meets in just 10 days.
The Terps had just lost a meet at New Hampshire, 195.325-195.125, on Friday night. That they were able to regroup and put on their best performance of the season two days after a close loss speaks volumes.
Here are three things that you need to know about Maryland gymnastics and their two weekend meets:
1) This young team is growing up
The GymTerps have had a bad habit of falls and failing to execute when they have no margin for error. They had a decent meet on Friday night, but on Sunday, not a single gymnast fell and the Terps didn't record a score below 9.650.
2) The Terps are becoming more confident and aggressive
Maryland earned 14 scores of 9.800 or higher on Sunday. That is indicative of gymnasts being aggressive and confidently going for tough routines that are designed to rack up points. Head coach Brett Nelligan and the staff are going to need to instill that kind of mental toughness and culture into the program if they want Maryland to be a perennial top-25 team.
3) Maryland might be getting hot at the right time
The GymTerps only have two meets left before the Big Ten Championships. They have the Maryland Five meet this weekend at home and the B1G Five Meet in Columbus, Ohio. If the Terrapins can build on their performance on Sunday and consistently hit 196.000 or higher, they're going to have a chance to make a really good run in the postseason.