Towson State, Maryland vie for Southeast title

April 06, 1991|By Special to The Sun

ATHENS, Ga. -- Towson State and the University of Maryland will be among seven teams competing for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Southeast regional gymnastics championship tonight at the University of Georgia.

Third-seeded Towson State and the sixth-seeded Terrapins will join top-seeded Georgia, No. 2 Florida, West Virginia, George Washington and North Carolina in the meet. This is Towson's fifth straight appearance at the regionals, and Maryland is back after missing last season.

The Tigers, who won their fifth straight Eastern College Athletic Conference championship for coach Dick Filbert, will be seeking their second straight berth in the national championship tournament. Last year, the Tigers had a 188.775 score at the regional to earn an at-large berth at the nationals -- the first time that the Southeast regional had sent three teams to the 12-team championship.

"We need to have an outstanding meet to go back to nationals," said Filbert, whose team finished ninth at last year's meet. "We're actually a little better off than we were going into regionals last year, so we'll see what happens."

The Tigers are as healthy as they've been all year. Sophomore Gabby Linarducci is back competing as an all-around after missing six weeks with back problems. She was the ECAC all-around champion two weeks ago. Junior Wendy Weaver, hampered by shoulder problems all year, was fourth in the all-around at last year's regional. She will compete only on beam and vault this weekend.

The Tigers also will need strong efforts from seniors Anne Sugden, Tandy Knight and Carri Scott, three of the top six scorers in Towson history.

Maryland is led by junior Kristin Ragans, a transfer from Penn State, who was fifth in the all-around at the ECAC meet two weeks ago.

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