Weaver qualifies for nationals, but Towson team falls short COLLEGE GYMNASTICS

April 13, 1992

Despite a third-place finish and its best performance in the NCAA Southeast Regional, the Towson State women's gymnastics team did not qualify for the national championships.

But Towson's Wendy Weaver did. She finished fourth in the all-around with a 38.725 score -- the third-highest all-around total of her career. She will go to the nationals as an all-around.

The Tigers entered Saturday's regional at Gainesville, Fla., as the nation's No. 11 team. They scored 189.075 points.

No. 2 Georgia won for the fifth straight year with a meet-record 196.55. No. 8 Florida was second at 191.475. The teams will represent the region in the nationals at the University of Minnesota on April 24-25.

The Tigers, who were seeking their second trip to the nationals in three years, competed without junior all-around Gabby Linarducci, who has an injured ankle.

Included in Weaver's all-around score was a career-best 9.825 vault, for sixth place. She will be seeded fourth of 12 all-arounds at the national meet.

Competing in her final collegiate meet despite a painful foot injury, senior Julie Heilman became the 13th Towson gymnast to score 1,000 career points. Weaver and junior co-captain Janine Spezio had topped 1,000 earlier this season.

"It's great that Wendy will be going to the nationals," said coach Dick Filbert. "She has worked very hard to get to the nationals, and she deserves to go.

"Of course, it's disappointing that we're not going to the nationals as a team, but we're very proud of our regional effort. Competing without Gabby, we knew that it would be very tough to finish third in the region. But everyone pulled together, and we gave it our best shot."

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