Coming up short
After coming off a season-high overall score last week, the Tigers struggled Monday night in their second quad meet of the season, finishing with an overall team score of 188.70 at the University of Maryland.
“We lost a couple of kids to injuries this week, so we had less people to put up,” Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk said. “I think the team let the pressure of those competing and some mistakes that they made get to them.”
Maryland won the meet with a 195.225 team score, while Pittsburgh placed second with a 194.90 and George Washington finished third with a 193.825 score.
“We didn’t have the greatest energy throughout the meet and let our mistakes kind of control our emotions and as a result we didn’t put the best meet together,” Chliszczyk said.
For the second week in a row, the Tigers were led by junior Samantha Lutz, who finished third out of seven competitors in the all-around competition with a score of 38.450. Making up her overall score was her 9.75 on the uneven parallel bars, 9.725 on beam, 9.625 on floor and a 9.350 on vault.
“Sammy is turning into a very consistent performer for us,” Chliszczyk said. “We’ll certainly be looking for her to compete in all-around the rest of the season and hopefully being as consistent as she has been.”
Also competing in the all-around was junior Lauren Ross, finishing sixth with a combined score of 38.050 and freshman Bailey Gallagher with a 36.825, giving her a seventh place finish.
Gallagher contributed to the Tigers overall score by receiving the team’s highest vault score with a 9.65.
Adding to her all-round score, Ross received the Tigers highest score of the meet, earning a 9.80 on beam.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, posting high scores in the floor exercise was a struggle. Lutz posted the teams highest floor score, while freshman Bayleigh Fobes finished right behind her with a 9.575.
“We only put up five kids, which means that every score counted and we didn’t have any room for errors,” Chliszczyk said. “We had two falls which means we had to count both scores that had falls because we didn’t have the six people to put up and we weren’t able to throw a score away.”
The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. when they host the annual Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational at the SECU Arena. Towson welcomes the Temple Owls, Cornell Big Red and the Ursinus Bears.
“We need to come into the gym the rest of this week and be consistent and put this meet behind us,” Chliszczyk said. “We need to go out and be confident the second we walk out onto the floor Saturday.”
Towson also invites all gymnastics alumnae back for the meet to be recognized during the competition.