UM edges out Towson for regional spot West Virginia takes EAGL championship; College Gymnastics


PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Sixth-ranked West Virginia University used a first-place all-around performance by senior Umme Salim of Silver Spring to win its third straight East Atlantic Gymnastics League title at Rutgers University's Louis Brown Center last night.

Before an EAGL record crowd of 1,824, the Mountaineers had a " 195.50 team score to edge the eight-team field. Maryland finished fourth in the meet with a 192.675 score while Towson University finished fifth with a 192.45 score.

New Hampshire was second in the meet with a 193.85, just ahead of North Carolina State (193.825).

Maryland edged Towson for the seventh and final spot in the NCAA Southeast Regionals set for April 4 at the University of Georgia. It marks the first time since 1986 that Towson did not qualify for the regionals.

The Terps were led by senior Megyn Byrnes, who had a 39.025 all-around score that included a 9.875 on the parallel bars and a 9.85 on the balance beam. She was second in the all-around behind Salim.

Salim won the all-around with a meet record 39.45 score. She was also first on the beam with a 9.925.

Towson got off to a slow start with a 47.475 score on floor exercise and was unable to recover. Junior Kim Yenco led the Tigers with a 38.45 all-around score.

Team scores

1. West Virginia, 195.50; 2. New Hampshire, 193.85; 3. North Carolina State, 193.825; 4. Maryland, 192.675; 5. Towson, 192.45; 6. Pittsburgh, 192.225; 7. North Carolina, 190.975; 8. Rutgers, 190.875.

Pub Date: 3/22/98

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