UM gymnasts will capture league title, says Presutti

Vault standout leads Towson in 8-team meet

State notebook


March 21, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Here's a real twist in sports.

Towson's top gymnast, Kristen Presutti, is picking Maryland to win Saturday night's eight-team East Atlantic Gymnastics League championship at the Towson Center, and she is making no secret about it.

"I've competed against them twice this year, and I know how good they are," said Presutti, who wouldn't even label her team a long shot. "Our chances are very slim."

While the injury-hampered Tigers (13-13) have faltered, Presutti is easily having her best season.

The junior from Toms River, N.J., achieved a gymnast's ultimate goal two weeks ago at William & Mary when she recorded a perfect 10.0 in the vault. It was the first time in school history that anybody scored a 10.0 in the vault, and only the third 10 ever at Towson in any routine.

Presutti was just another gymnast when she arrived at Towson as a freshman, blending in with the team. But she has suddenly come on to the scene the last two months as someone very special.

"Two summers of hard work and the fact I've been doing this since I was 3 years old have made the difference," said Presutti.

She admitted there has been more pressure on her almost all season since Towson has not been able to field complete routines in the vault and floor exercise because of injuries.

This is the seventh annual EAGL championship meet, with Maryland and Towson both looking for their first titles. Defending champion West Virginia has won it four times. N.C. State has won it twice.

North Carolina, New Hampshire, Pittsburgh and Rutgers are also competing for the crown. The Tar Heels, Terps, Mountaineers and Wolfpack are all ranked among the top 30 teams in the nation this week. The winner in Saturday's 6 p.m. championships should come from those four schools.

Maryland is 28th, N.C. State is 22nd, West Virginia 25th, and North Carolina 29th.

A real rout

How's 47-2 for a baseball score?

No, this wasn't a spring football score.

It was baseball, or some semblance of America's pastime, they were playing March 9 at Western Maryland College when the Green Terror laid a 47-2 hurt on Lincoln (Pa.) University.

Western Maryland's Ryan Shotzberger had an inning he'll remember the rest of his life, hitting a grand slam and a bases-clearing triple in the second inning. Shotzberger finished the day hitting for the cycle, going 5-for-5 and driving in eight runs.

The Green Terror used third-stringers early in an attempt to keep the score down.

"We've tried not to talk about the score," said Steve Peed, Western Maryland's sports information director. "But we wanted to report that super inning Shotzberger had."

More Terps' success

The No. 20 Maryland women's swimming team has four swimmers competing today through Saturday in the NCAA championships at the University of Texas.

Freshman Elizabeth Lavell will be competing in the 500 free and the 400 individual medley today, and senior Petra Adamkova will swim in the 50 free today. Lavell holds school records in both events.

Tomorrow, junior Bridget Mallon swims in the 100 fly as the ACC champion this season in that event. Junior Jill Martin will also compete tomorrow in the 100 breaststroke.

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