Towson State's Weaver out to cap career at NCAAs

April 23, 1992

Wendy Weaver, the finest woman gymnast in Towson State history, will close out her college career this weekend when she competes as an individual qualifier in the 11th annual NCAA championships at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minn.

One of 12 individual all-around qualifiers -- in addition to the all-arounds from the 12 competing teams -- Weaver is seeded fourth. The senior from Newark, Del., advanced through her showing at a regional meet two weeks ago, when she registered 38.725, the third-best total of her career. It left her fourth in the meet behind three entries from regional champion Georgia.

This will be the second NCAA appearance for Weaver, who had to overcome severe foot and shoulder injuries in previous seasons. She placed 19th with a score of 38.275 at Oregon State two years ago. This time, there will be competition tomorrow night, with the top 10 in each of the four disciplines and the all-around moving on to another round of competition Saturday night.

The team in general, and Weaver in particular, practically rewrote the Towson State record book in the past season. The senior star set records on bars (9.85), beam (9.85), and all-around, where she raised her own record three times, with a best of 39.20.

In February, the Tigers scored more than 190 points for the first time in their 24-year history, then did it seven meets in a row. The streak ended at the regionals in Gainsville, Fla., where, without injured Gabby Linarducci, No. 2 all-around, coach Dick Filbert's squad totaled 189.075.

It was the school's best effort in six regional showings. Towson State (20-2) was among the top 12 teams in the country throughout the season, then slipped to a final placing of 16th after several schools moved up with strong regional efforts. The team will lose three seniors from its squad of 11: Weaver, Julie Heilman, and Leslie Robinson.

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