GW Gymnastics Finishes in Second Place in Season Opener
Stoicovy, Willoughby Medal in All-Around
Jan. 15, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington gymnastics team opened its 2012 season with a second-place finish out of six teams at the sixth annual Lindsey Ferris/GW Invitational at the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday afternoon.
East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) rival and defending conference champion North Carolina finished in first place while the University of Pennsylvania took third, followed by Cornell, William & Mary and Temple.
The Colonials finished in second place as a team in both the vault (48.225) and balance beam (47.975) while taking third on the floor exercise (46.900) and sixth on uneven bars (47.225).
Junior Stephanie Stoicovy was crowned the all-around champion after posting a career-high 38.700 on the afternoon. The Erie, Penn., native finished first on the floor exercise with a 9.775 and tied for fourth on the balance beam with a 9.725. She also scored 9.600 on the uneven bars and 9.600 on the vault.
Stoicovy was joined on the all-around podium by freshman Courtney Willoughby, who shined in her collegiate debut by finishing in second place. Willoughby finished with 38.375 in the all-around and tied for third place on the vault with a 9.725. She also posted a fifth-place finish on the floor exercise (9.600) and 10th place on the uneven bars (9.625).
Also competing in the all-around was sophomore Betsy Zander, who scored 37.000, highlighted by a 9.675 on the balance beam.
Sophomore Kiera Kenney was the Colonials best performer on uneven bars scoring a 9.750 to take fifth place.
GW's next six meets will be on the road as the Colonials will cover over 4,000 miles in the next month. The first stop is a dual meet with Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 12.