No. 25 Gymnastics Dominates in Season-Opening Win Over Yale
Colonials sweep podium on all events to win Little Boston Invitational
BOSTON - The No. 25 George Washington gymnastics team opened the 2017 season with a thorough and convincing victory over Yale on Saturday evening at the Little Boston Invitational at the Hynes Convention Center.
GW (1-0) swept the podium in all four events plus the all-around en route to a total team score of 195.55. The Colonials posted event team scores of 48.775 on vault, 48.625 on uneven bars, 49.075 on balance beam and 49.075 on floor exercise. Yale finished with a total score of 191.425.
Senior Alex DeMoura won the second all-around title of her career by scoring 39.175 to lead a trio of Colonials on the podium. DeMoura won the floor exercise title with a 9.875 and posted second-place finishes on both balance beam (9.825) and uneven bars (9.775). She rounded out her evening by tying for fourth place on vault with a 9.70.
Junior Cami Drouin-Allaire finished in second place in the all-around with a score of 39.10. The reigning East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Gymnast of the Year won the vault title with a 9.875 and added scores of 9.85 on floor exercise (T-2nd), 9.725 on balance beam (6th) and 9.65 on uneven bars (T-6th).
Junior Jillian Winstanley rounded out GW's all-around sweep by finishing third with 38.875. She posted the top balance beam routine of the evening with a 9.85 and also landed on the podium with a third-place showing on uneven bars by scoring 9.75. She rounded out her evening with a 9.80 on floor (T-4th) and 9.475 on vault (T-9th).
Senior Chelsea Raineri (2nd, 9.85) and junior Sara Mermelstein (3rd, 9.725) joined Drouin-Allaire on the vault podium. Raineri also won the uneven bars title with a 9.80 in addition to tying for second on floor exercise (9.85) while Mermelstein scored 9.80 on balance beam in a three-way tie for third along with juniors Alex Zois and Liz Pfeiler.
This is the second year in a row that GW has opened the season with a win at the Little Boston Invitational.
GW will open the home portion of its schedule next Saturday at 1pm when it hosts North Carolina, Cornell and Penn at the Charles E. Smith Center for the 10th Annual Lindsey Ferris Invitational.
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