The George Washington University: Women's Gymnastics

Gymnastics Comes From Behind to Nip William & Mary, 194.100-193.150

Meagan Wilson finished in the top three on two events to help lead the Colonials.
Meagan Wilson finished in the top three on two events to help lead the Colonials.

Feb. 9, 2004

WILLIAMSBURG, VA - The George Washington gymnastics team won their first dual-meet of the season by defeating William & Mary, 194.100-193.150, on Sunday, February 8. The Colonials scored above 194 for the second meet in a row, something they accomplished only three times all of last season. GW was led by senior Lindsay Parks (Council Bluffs, IA/Abraham Lincoln), who finished in the top two on both vault and beam, and sophomore Erin Aiken (Centreville, VA/Chantilly), who finished third on both vault and bars. Junior Meagan Wilson (Lilburn, GA/Parkview) also had a strong meet, finishing second on the beam and third on the floor exercise.

GW fell behind after the first rotation, scoring a 47.700 on the uneven bars, while William & Mary scored 48.700 on vault. Aiken was the top Colonials finisher on the apparatus with a 9.700, followed by senior Rachel Mann (Atlanta, GA/Lakeside) with a 9.675 and freshman Maggie Parrack (Richardson, TX/J.J. Pearce), who scored a 9.650.

The Colonials remained in second after the second rotation, 96.950-95.525, despite scoring a season-high 48.825 on the vault. Parks finished in second on the event with a 9.875, followed by Aiken, who scored 9.850. Freshman Emily Howarth (Columbus, OH/Worthington Christian), competing on her only event, made a strong contribution, placing fourth with a 9.825.

GW made up some ground after the third rotation, bringing themselves within .200, by scoring a 48.175 on the floor exercise. Wilson was the top finisher for the Colonials, in third place, with a 9.700. She was followed by Parks and Mann, who scored 9.675 and 9.650, respectively.

The Colonials needed a big finish on the balance beam, their weakest event so far this season, and the lineup came out of nowhere to score a 49.400, with each performer setting a career high. Wilson and Parks led the charge with both athletes at 9.900. They were closely followed by senior Lauren Bernstein (St. Louis, MO/Clayton), who scored 9.875.



The gymnasts return home on Wednesday, February 11, when they host Maryland at 7:00 p.m.
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