Gymnastics Claims Sixth-Straight Lindsey Ferris Invitational
Colonials finish with a 195.325 and sweep the all-around podium
WASHINGTON -- The No. 25 George Washington gymnastics team captured its sixth consecutive title at the 11th Annual Lindsey Ferris Invitational on Sunday afternoon behind strong team performances on all four events. The Colonials finished first in each event while also capturing every individual title to propel them to victory in their home opener.
GW (5-1) totaled 195.325 points behind team scores of 49.175 on vault, 48.425 on uneven bars, 48.950 on balance beam and 48.775 on floor exercise. Ball State finished in second with a 191.775, while Cornell took third place (190.550) and Penn finished fourth (190.375).
The Buff and Blue swept the all-around podium, with senior Jillian Winstanley earning the all-around crown with a score of 39.425. Winstanley came in first on beam (9.9) and had second place finishes on vault (9.875) and floor (9.825). Cami Drouin-Allaire came in a close second with a 39.400, while Alex Zois finished the day in third place with a 38.900, a mark that matches her career-high.
The Colonials began the afternoon on vault, where the squad had their best event of the day, totaling a team score of 49.175. Drouin-Allaire led the way with a solid 9.925. Winstanley and fellow-senior Liz Pfieler followed closely behind, tying for second place with scores of 9.875. For Pfieler, the 9.875 marks a new personal-best on vault, after previously earning a career-high of 9.75 on vault last season.
On bars, GW tallied up a team score of 48.425, with Winstanley and Zois pacing the Colonials with identical scores of 9.825 to finish in first place. Drouin-Allaire finished third overall with a 9.800, while Julia McLaughlin earned a 9.500 in her uneven bars debut.
GW then moved to beam, where Winstanely led the way with an outstanding performance. The Arlington, Massachusetts, native, posted a 9.90, matching her personal-best for the seventh time in her career. Zois and Drouin-Allaire also had strong showings on the beam, with Zois finishing second overall (9.825) and Drouin-Allaire scoring a 9.800. Sara Mermelstein (9.775) and Brooke Bray (9.650) rounded out GW's score in the event.
The Colonials' final rotation came on floor, posting a 48.775 to close out the afternoon of competition. Drouin-Allaire came up on top for GW with a score of 9.875, while Winstanley posted a 9.825 to finish second overall. Madeline Seibold pitched in a 9.775 to help the Colonials scoring, with Rachel Kaplan and Mermelstein finishing with scores of 9.650.
LINDSEY FERRIS AWARD
Following the meet, senior co-captain Sara Mermelstein was honored as the 2018 recipient of the Attitude is Everything Award, annually awarded to the gymnast who best exemplifies Lindsey's vibrant spirit for life, sincere passion for her sport, and selfless dedication to her team.
The Lindsey Ferris Invitational is now in its 11th season and honors the legacy of the gymnastics alumna. Dozens of GW gymnastics alums packed the Smith Center stands on Sunday to cheer on the Colonials to victory.
The Colonials will be back in competition next Sunday when they take a trip to Morgantown, West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers at 2:00 p.m.
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