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Durkac Named EAGL Gymnast of the Year
Release: 03/22/2013

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - University of North Carolina senior Elizabeth Durkac and University of Maryland sophomore Stephanie Giameo were named the 2013 co-East Atlantic Gymnastics League Gymnasts of the Year during Friday night's EAGL Championship Banquet, held at UNC's Blue Zone Concourse Club at Kenan Stadium.

Maryland's Kesley Cofsky was feted as the EAGL Senior Gymnast of the Year, Terrapin teammate Elizabeth Manzi garnered EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and North Carolina State University freshman Michaela Woodford was tabbed EAGL Rookie of the Year.

Durkac, who was also a finalist for the 2012 EAGL Gymnast of the Year, the 2013 Senior Gymnast of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, is a four-time '13 EAGL Gymnast of the Week. She heads into the championship ranked first on uneven bars and all-around.

Durkac was named to the All-EAGL First Team on bars, balance beam and all-around while capturing Second Team recognition on vault and floor exercise. The Tar Heels' co-captain topped the all-around competition five times this season and claimed the MVP title for her team.

EAGL Gymnast of the Year honors have gone to six UNC athletes in the last 13 seasons. Durkac is the first Tar Heel to earn the prestigious award since Christine Nguyen boasted the title for three consecutive years from 2008-2010.

Giameo, a two-time and reigning Gymnast of the Week, was named to the All-EAGL First Team on balance beam (ranked first) and all-around. She is tied for fifth nationally on beam and peaked at No. 1 on Jan. 21. In her first season competing as an all-arounder, Giameo is EAGL's second-ranked AA gymnast.

Cofsky, the Terrapins' co-captain, earned All-EAGL First Team on all-around (ranked third) and beam (fifth) to go along with Second Team on vault and bars.

Maryland made it three major awards with Manzi, a junior engineering major, being crowned the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. UMD's engineering school is among the Top-20 programs in the nation, and Manzi excelled with a cumulative 3.779 grade-point average including an aggregate 3.925 during Spring-Fall 2012.

NC State's Woodford, the EAGL Rookie of the Week on Feb. 12, was named the league's top rookie after securing a berth on the All-EAGL Second Team as the league's ninth-ranked AA gymnast. Additionally, the Wolfpack freshman parlayed a No. 16 beam ranking to a slot on the All-EAGL Second Team.

Fourth-year Maryland head coach Brett Nelligan was named the EAGL Coach of the Year. Nelligan is on the cusp of guiding the 22nd-ranked Terrapins to the NCAA Regionals for the fourth straight year as head coach and fifth consecutive season overall.  Maryland, EAGL's lone Top-25 team, has been ranked in the GymInfo Poll nine of the 11 weeks of the regular season en route to a league-best 18-3-1 record, including 11-1-1 in EAGL competition. The Terrapins will enter Saturday's EAGL Championship as the favorite to win the school's first league title.

George Washington University assistant coach Barry Kistler was recognized as the EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year. Kistler, in his 15th season working on Margie Foster-Cunningham's staff, has done an excellent job raising the difficulty level and the consistency of the Colonials' bar lineup, in addition to playing a critical role on the recruiting trail.

EAGL's co-Administrators of the Year are Dr. Beth Miller, University of North Carolina senior associate athletic director, and Mike Murphy, University of New Hampshire associate director of athletic media and public relations. Dr. Miller serves as UNC's senior women's administrator (SWA). As the gymnastics program supervisor, she serves as the lead administrator in working with other athletic department administrators and staff in providing the resources that support the Tar Heels' gymnastics team and this year's EAGL Championship. Murphy, who is in his first season as EAGL's Sports Information Director, is in his third year with the Wildcats' gymnastics program as its media relations contact and public address announcer at UNH home meets. He has been instrumental in designing New Hampshire's media guide, enhancing the program's web presence and developing its meet webcasts.

Four Tar Heels landed on the All-EAGL First Team. Freshman Lexi Cappalli earned a spot beside Durkac on the All-EAGL uneven bars First Team. Senior and co-captain Maura Masatsugu and sophomore Haley Watts joined Durkac on the All-EAGL Balance Beam First Team and All-Around First Team, respectively.

UNC gymnasts on the All-EAGL Second Team included redshirt junior Michelle Ikoma, sophomore Janell Sargent, Watts and Durkac.

Here are the 2013 All-EAGL Teams and team MVPs:

All-EAGL First Team (alphabetical order)

All-EAGL Vault - First Team

Katy Dodds - Maryland

Diahanna Ham - North Carolina State

Ally Krikorian - Maryland

Luisa Leal - Rutgers

Stephanie Ouellette - North Carolina State

Katie Sassa - Towson

Lisa Soto - Pittsburgh

Brittni Watkins - North Carolina State

Jenna Williams - Rutgers

All-EAGL Uneven Bars - First Team

Alyssa Adrian - Pittsburgh

Lexi Cappalli - North Carolina

Elizabeth Durkac - North Carolina

Rachel Fincham -North Carolina State

Austyn Fobes - New Hampshire

Alexis Gunzelman - Rutgers

Karen Tang - Maryland

Jenna Williams - Rutgers

All-EAGL Balance Beam - First Team

Kayla Carto - George Washington

Kesley Cofsky - Maryland

Elizabeth Durkac - North Carolina

Hannah Fallanca - North Carolina State

Stephanie Giameo - Maryland

Kayla Gray - New Hampshire

Laura Kummerle - Pittsburgh

Maura Masatsugu - North Carolina

Claudia Salinas - Rutgers

All-EAGL Floor Exercise - First Team

Alyssa Adrian - Pittsburgh

Hannah Barile - New Hampshire

Katy Dodds - Maryland

Ally Krikorian - Maryland

Lindsey Offutt - Pittsburgh

Stephanie Ouellette - North Carolina State

Katie O'Rourke - Pittsburgh

Stephanie Stoicovy - George Washington

Brittni Watkins - North Carolina State

All-EAGL All-Around - First Team

Kesley Cofsky - Maryland

Elizabeth Durkac - North Carolina

Austyn Fobes - New Hampshire

Stephanie Giameo - Maryland

Diahanna Ham - North Carolina State

Stephanie Ouellette - North Carolina State

Stephanie Stoicovy - George Washington

Haley Watts - North Carolina

Betsy Zander - George Washington

All-EAGL Second Team (alphabetical order)

All-EAGL Vault - Second Team

Hannah Barile - New Hampshire

Kesley Cofsky - Maryland

Elena Corcoran - George Washington

Elizabeth Durkac - North Carolina

Austyn Fobes - New Hampshire

Karen Tang - Maryland

Lydia Thompson - Towson

All-EAGL Uneven Bars - Second Team

Jen Aucoin - New Hampshire

Kesley Cofsky - Maryland

Taylor Henderson - George Washington

Michelle Ikoma - North Carolina

Kiera Kenney - George Washington

Maya Ketner - Pittsburgh

Stephanie Ouellette - North Carolina State

Erika Rudiger -  New Hampshire

Haley Watts - North Carolina

All-EAGL Balance Beam - Second Team

Rachel Fincham - North Carolina State

Austyn Fobes - New Hampshire

Diahanna Ham - North Carolina State

Ally Krikorian - Maryland

Katie O'Rourke - Pittsburgh

Janell Sargent - North Carolina

Michaela Woodford - North Carolina State

Betsy Zander - George Washington

All-EAGL Floor Exercise - Second Team

Danielle D'Elia - Rutgers

Elizabeth Durkac - North Carolina

Austyn Fobes - New Hampshire

Kayla Gray - New Hampshire

Diahanna Ham - North Carolina State

Erika Rudiger - New Hampshire

Haley Watts - North Carolina

All-EAGL All-Around - Second Team

Abby Griswold - Towson

Michaela Woodford - North Carolina State

EAGL Team MVPs

George Washington - Stephanie Stoicovy

Maryland - Ally Krikorian

New Hampshire - Austyn Fobes

North Carolina -Elizabeth Durkac

NC State - Stephanie Ouellette

Pittsburgh - Alyssa Adrian 

Rutgers - Luisa Leal

Towson - Alexa Davis

The 2013 EAGL Championship, hosted by North Carolina, takes place at Carmichael Arena on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on www.goheels.com or at the door. Live video streaming and scoring will also be available on the website.


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