No. 18 Gymnastics Ties Program Record on Senior Day
Colonials post 196.875 to take first place
WASHINGTON -- In its final day of competition in the Charles E. Smith Center, the No. 18 George Washington gymnastics team capped off its 2018 home slate by tying its program record score of 196.875 to finish in first place in a celebratory Senior Day Meet on Sunday afternoon.
West Virginia finished behind the Colonials in second with 196.425 while East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) foe Pittsburgh finished third with 195.500.
GW's season-high performance came behind team scores of 49.200 on vault, 49.025 on uneven bars, 49.275 on balance beam, and a season-high 49.375 on floor exercise. The Colonials remain undefeated in the conference with a perfect 5-0 record and improve to 40-1 in the Smith Center dating back to the 2015 season.
In the all-around, a trio of Colonial seniors swept the podium. Cami Drouin-Allaire finished first with 39.475, Alex Zois took second with a career-high 39.400, and Jillian Winstanley finished third with 39.350 to join her classmates on the podium.
The Colonials started their Senior Day off on vault, finishing with a team score of 49.200. Zois started strong for the Buff and Blue with a career-high matching 9.825. Fellow-senior Liz Pfeiler also matched her career-high with a 9.875 to finish third on the podium, while Cami Drouin-Allaire led the squad with a first place 9.900 with her impressive Yurchenko double twist. Jillian Winstanley and Cydney Crasa rounded out the GW score with a 9.850 and 9.750, respectively.
GW then moved to bars, where they finished with a 49.025. Drouin-Allaire finished first on the squad and second on the podium with a 9.875, while Winstanley followed closely behind with a 9.850. Pfeiler earned a 9.800, Zois posted a 9.775, and Hannah Cohen scored a 9.700.
The Buff and Blue's third rotation came on beam, where the squad posted a team score of 49.275. Zois led the way for GW with a career-high and first place 9.900. Mermelstein finished with a career-high 9.875 to join Zois on the podium in second, while Cohen also broke her career-high with a 9.850. Drouin-Allaire and Pfeiler closed out the beam lineup with identical 9.825s.
GW closed the meet out on floor, where the squad had their best event of the day, earning a season-high 49.375. In their final performances in the Smith Center, Zois and Madeline Seibold finished the day with career-high 9.900s, earning second-place honors. Drouin-Allaire also had a stellar performance, posting a 9.875, Crasa finished with a career-high matching 9.850, Winstanley also scored a 9.850, and Mermelstein closed out the day with a 9.825.
SENIOR SALUTE: GW celebrated its senior class of Brooke Bray, Cami Drouin-Allaire, Sara Mermelstein, Liz Pfeiler, Madeline Seibold, Jillian Winstanley, Alex Zois, and manager Jessica Mishlove in today's meet. The seniors have been instrumental in the GW gymnastics program's return to the NCAA Regionals in each of the past three seasons, the 2015 and 2017 EAGL Championships, and a likely fourth consecutive trip to regionals this spring.
LOOK AHEAD: The Colonials will close out their regular season schedule on Friday, March 16, at Kent State. GW will then compete at the EAGL Championships on Saturday, March 24 at Towson.
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