strong performances in the EAGL Championships and NCAA RegionalChampionships. Earning a spot on the All-EAGL First Team, Dodds was readyfor a strong junior season with the Terps.
“The focus was different going into this season,” said Dodds. “We saw how much
talent we have, and knew this year could be different for us. We had a goal in
mind to show off the talent we have.”
After Maryland’s first intrasquad meet in November, Dodds learned she had a
partially torn Achille
s tendon. In a boot for two months, Dodds couldn’t compete
in the Red and Black Intrasquad in January, and she had barely any time to prepfor the beginning of the season.
“It was tough because it was the first intrasquad I had to sit out since starting at
Maryland,” said Dodds. “I went home and had about two weeks. I wasn’t allowed
to tumble until one week before the first meet, so it really went down to crunch
Despite the short prep time, Dodds shined in her first meet back from injury. Inthe Terp
s’ opener against No. 19 NC State, Dodds set a program record on vault
with a 9.975, which included a perfect 10 from one of the judges.
“It was an amazing feeling,” said Dodds. “Starting off the year with something likethat, I’ve never experienced it before.”
With her high score, Dodds currently ranks first in the nation on vault, and wasnamed EAGL Specialist of the Week for her performance.Even though Dodds is off to a great individual start, she is more excited for her team this season. The Terps posted a program-best start to the season with a
195.000 in the team’s tie against the Wolfpack.
“It shows the start we can have this year,” said Dodds. “It was the highest scorefor the team, so it was a huge first meet.”
Even though the Terps posted record n
umbers in their first, they’re still looking to
improve. They get their first chance Saturday in a quad meet against Pittsburgh,Temple and Cornell.
“Seeing what this team can do after the first meet, we have tremendouspotential,” said Dodds. “After last
week ended, it was great, but Sunday we came
in the gym and that meet was over. We’re taking it one meet at a time, and we