Gymnastics Takes Third at GW Invitational
Colonials post team total of 187.000; Junior Erin Aiken places sixth in all-around at 37.225
Jan. 16, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - In its first home meet of the season, the George Washington Gymnastics team finished third out of seven schools with a score of 187.000 at the GW Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 16, at Smith Center. North Carolina finished first with a team total of 190.850, while Towson claimed second with a mark of 188.375.
Junior Erin Aiken (Centreville, VA/Chantilly) placed sixth overall in all-around with a total of 37.225, including a 9.500 on bars, while classmate Heather Kaufman (Austin, TX/McCallum) finished seventh in all-around at 36.300 with an event-high 9.550 on floor exercise.
"We definitely had moments of greatness today, but we made some errors and had some inconsistencies in our performances," Colonials' head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham said. "It's still early in the season and we'll be able to improve on our mistakes as we have a two-week break before our next competition at Kentucky. The team has shown a lot of potential and we'll be ready to go in Lexington."
Junior Amy Stack (Matthews, NC/Providence) finished tied for second individually on vault behind Olivia Trusty of North Carolina (9.825) with a score of 9.800. Sophomore Jess Guilbert (Leesburg, VA/Stone Bridge), meanwhile, earned a tie for fourth with a mark of 9.775.
On beam, senior Meagan Wilson (Lilburn, GA/Parkview) finished tied for fifth at 9.450, while Kaufman was the Colonials' top performer on floor.
North Carolina's All-America standout Courtney Bumpers was the all-around winner with a total of 38.900, while her teammates Mikel Hester (38.275) and Trusty (38.200) finished second and third, respectively.
GW (5-4) will enjoy a two-week rest before its next meet when it travels to Kentucky on Friday, Feb. 4. The meet is set for 7:30 p.m. and features the host Wildcats, GW, Ball State and Ohio State.