Colonials Finish A Close Second in the GW Invitational
Jones Wins Uneven Bars With a 9.850
Jan. 16, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - The Colonials welcomed six regional foes to Smith Center this evening for the GW Invitational. GW finished with a score of 191.500, just .350 points behind winner North Carolina (192.300). They were followed by Rutgers (189.100), William & Mary (187.150), Rhode Island (186.975), Temple (185.675) and Cornell (184.525).
Junior Rachel Mann (Atlanta, GA/Lakeside) placed second in the all-around for the Colonials with a total of 38.425, including a first place finish on floor with a 9.850. For the second meet in a row, she was followed by freshman Heather Kaufman (Austin, TX/McCallum) who finished fifth in the all-around with a score of 37.925.
After a first rotation bye, the Colonials started the evening on vault where Kaufman tallied a 9.625 which was good enough for fourth place overall on the apparatus. Junior Lindsay Parks (Council Bluffs, IA/Abraham Lincoln) finished just behind Kaufman with a 9.600.
Next, GW performed on the uneven bars, where freshman Tiffany Jones (Ravenna, OH/Walsh Jesuit) took first place overall in the event with a 9.850. Rachel Mann wasn't far behind after scoring a 9.700, which helped keep the Colonials close to the Tar Heels after two events.
The balance beam would prove to be an excellent event for the Colonials on the evening with four gymnasts finishing in the top seven. Lindsay Parks and Heather Kaufman tied for first with two others by scoring a 9.700. Junior Lauren Bernstein (St. Louis, MO/Clayton) and Tiffany Jones were just .050 off of their score and finished tied for third.
GW needed a strong finish on the floor exercise in order to catch North Carolina. Rachel Mann and Lindsay Parks showed why they were named captains by scoring a 9.850 and 9.800, respectively, to place one-two overall on the apparatus. Freshman Amy Stack (Matthews, NC/Providence) did everything she could to help out by scoring a 9.725, but the Colonials fell just a tad short of the overall title.
The Colonials did increase their overall score from the Kentucky meet and will be looking to do the same during their next competition, which is Friday, Jan. 24 when they travel to Raleigh, NC to face NC State and Kent State at 7:00 p.m.