Gymnastics Knocks Off Maryland, 191.750-191.050
Junior Erin Aiken shares all-around title with season-high score of 38.550
March 2, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington junior Erin Aiken (Centreville, VA) scored a season-high 38.550 in the all-around to share top honors overall and lead the Colonials to a 191.750-191.050 victory over Maryland in an East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) competition Wednesday evening at Smith Center. With the victory, GW improves to 9-10 overall, 1-3 in the EAGL.
The Colonials posted scores of 48.425 on vault, 47.350 on bars, 47.925 on beam and 48.050 in the floor exercise. Senior Meagan Wilson (Lilburn, GA) was GW's only individual event winner as she shared the balance beam title with the Terps' Rachel Martinez with a score of 9.725, which equaled her season high, in addition to Aiken sharing the all-around title with Martinez as well.
GW had a strong contingent in the top five on vault in its first event of the evening as four of the top six gymnasts were Colonials. Aiken led the way with a 9.725 to claim second, while juniors Heather Kaufman (Austin, TX) and Amy Stack (Matthews, NC) tied for third with respective 9.7s. Sophomore Jess Guilbert (Leesburg, VA) tied for fifth with a mark of 9.675 as GW held a 48.425-47.875 lead after the first rotation and never trailed the rest of the way.
On bars, Aiken was once again the Colonials' top performer with a 9.65 to share third individually. Stack earned a tie for fourth with a 9.55, while freshman Gillian Coleman (Boston, MA) and senior Stefanie Tocco (Melrose, MA) placed seventh (9.5) and eighth (9.425), respectively.
GW maintained its lead on beam following Wilson's season-best tying performance. Kaufman and junior Tiffany Jones (Ravenna, OH) also finished among the top five with scores of 9.65 and 9.625, respectively, to finish third and fourth overall to pace the Colonials.
Wilson was also GW's top performer in the floor exercise as she turned in a solid routine to earn a season-high score of 9.8 to place third individually. In her last three meets, Wilson has scored at least a 9.75 each time out on floor. Aiken and Guilbert finished in a tie for fourth with respective scores of 9.75, while Kaufman took sixth with a 9.7.
Leading the way for Maryland was Martinez, who shared top honors all-around with Aiken while also winning the bars, and sharing the beam and floor titles.
The Colonials (9-10) return to action when they travel to Pittsburgh, PA, on Saturday, March 5, to take on the Pitt Panthers at 7:00 p.m. in the Fitzgerald Field House.Team Scores
1. GW - 191.750
2. Maryland - 191.050