No. 18 Gymnastics Tops Penn State
Colonials post season-high on beam (49.250)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In its third of four consecutive road meets, the No. 18 George Washington gymnastics team cracked the 196.00 threshold for the third time this season en route to a win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon.
GW totaled 196.475 to edge out the Nittany Lions who finished with a 196.150, behind team scores of 49.050 on vault, 48.925 on uneven bars, 49.250 on balance beam, and 49.250 on floor exercise.
Cami Drouin-Allaire completed the day with a second-place finish on the all-around podium, scoring a career-high 39.500. The senior co-captain also finished the day second on vault (9.875), third on bars with a career-high matching 9.875, and tied-for-first on floor with a career-high 9.950. Liz Pfeiler and Jillian Winstanley also earned podium spots for their performances on balance beam, with Pfeiler taking top honors with a career-high matching 9.925, and Winstanley finishing third with a 9.850.
The Colonials started the day on bars, totaling a team score of 48.925. Drouin-Allaire led the squad with a season-high 9.850 while fellow-captain Winstanley followed closely behind with a 9.825. Alex Zois scored a 9.775, Pfeiler earned a 9.750, and Julia McLaughlin finished with a 9.725 to round out the GW score.
GW then moved to vault, where the team finished with a 49.050. Drouin-Allaire, as the fifth-ranked vaulter nationally, posted a team-high 9.875. Winstanley and Sara Mermelstein also finished with strong vault scores, earning a 9.925 and 9.800 respectively, while Pfeiler and Zois earned identical scores of 9.775.
The Buff and Blue had their third rotation on floor, where the squad earned a 49.250. Drouin-Allaire had a career-high 9.950 performance to once again lead the team. Winstanley matched her season-high (9.875), Cydney Crasa and Zois both earned a 9.825, and Mermelstein finished with a 9.775 to give GW its second-highest score on floor this season.
The Colonials finished the day of competition on beam, posting a season-high score of 49.250. Pfeiler matched her career-high with a stellar 9.925 to finish first on the podium. Winstanley earned a 9.850, while Drouin-Allaire, Mermelstein, and Zois all finished with a 9.825.
LOOK AHEAD: The Colonials will have one more meet on the road before returning home to the Charles E. Smith Center on March 4. GW will visit the site of the 2018 EAGL Championship for tri-meet action with EAGL foe Towson and Rutgers next Friday.
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