Thursday, March 10, 2016

Gymnastics Maryland Five Meet

University of Maryland sophomore gymnast Dominiquea Trotter gets her ankle wrapped by an athletic trainer before warming up at the Maryland Five Meet. The meet was held on Sunday, March 6, at the Xfinity Center.
After the teams finished stretching and practicing their routines, the Maryland team, led by head coach and University of Massachusetts alumni Brett Nelligan, huddled and had a pep talk on the main mat before the competition began.
Five teams competed against the Terps this weekend: George Washington University, Texas Women's University, Yale University and Pittsburgh University. In this photo, George Washington junior Kaitlin Cowles introduces herself to the judges and the crowd.
Maryland senior Jamie Philbin watches the George Washington team compete on bars, as Maryland was not in the first rotation of the competition.
Before  she competed, senior Kathy Tang rubbed chalk on her hands. This is done to prevent sweat from making the surface slippery which could lead to injury.
Junior Nicole Dragon competed on beam. In both 2014 and 2015, she received season-high scores for this event: 9.075 and 9.700 respectively.

Coach Nelligan and the rest of the Maryland team celebrate as sophomore Evelyn Nee sticks her bars routine.
Scores are projected after every rotation on the jumbo screen. Nee, along with all the other gymnasts competing, anxiously awaited the halftime results.

Maryland then moved onto vault. In this photo, sophomore Abbie Epperson is warming up with spotters on both left and right of the mat to assist her in completing her routine if necessary.
Judges, including vault judge Barb Cutillo who is pictured above, score gymnasts and announce the scores after every individuals turn. A standard meet has four events: vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and balance beam.  
Freshman Megan McClelland competed on behalf of Maryland with her floor routine. Each floor routine is choreographed to music and includes a combination of dancing and tricks.
After each team went through all four rotations, they gathered on the main mat for the award ceremony. The individual first, second and third place awards were given out, and then the team awards. Maryland waits for it to begin.

In the end, George Washington took home first place with 195.725 points. Maryland snagged second, then Texas Women's University, Yale and Pittsburgh scored respectively.

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