Gymnastics Finishes Runner-Up at Colonial Classic
Colonials post victories over No. 17 Kentucky, Yale and James Madison
March 12, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University gymnastics team finished with a score of 192.525 to finish runner-up at its home Colonial Classic Saturday afternoon at Smith Center. East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) member New Hampshire finished on top with a team total of 192.95. The Colonials earned non-conference victories over No. 17 Kentucky (192.3), Yale (188.4) and James Madison (185.325) to improve to 13-12 overall on the season.
GW finished with scores of 48.075 on vault, 48.375 on bars, 47.4 on beam and 48.675 in the floor exercise. The Colonials' total on beam was the best score among the five teams. Freshman Gillian Coleman (Boston, MA) continued to impress in her debut season for the Buff and Blue as she set collegiate-bests on both bars and beam to lead GW.
Junior Erin Aiken (Centreville, VA), who finished third out of six in the all-around with a score of 38.2, was the Colonials' top performer on vault as she finished runner-up in the event with a score of 9.775. Junior Amy Stack (Matthews, NC) and Jess Guilbert (Leesburg, VA) also placed among the top 10 with marks of 9.65 and 9.6, respectively.
On the uneven bars, Stack equaled her season-best with a 9.725 and Coleman eclipsed her career-best, also with a 9.725, as each earned a tie for eighth in the event. Junior Tiffany Jones (Ravenna, OH) tied for 12th with a 9.7.
Coleman led the way once again on beam with a season-high 9.65 to earn a tie for third, while senior Meagan Wilson (Lilburn, GA) and junior Heather Kaufman (Austin, TX) placed seventh (9.6) and ninth (9.575), respectively.
GW closed out its afternoon on floor and placed five gymnasts in the top 10 in the event. Wilson took third with a 9.775, while Aiken earned a tie for fourth with a 9.75. Guilbert and Coleman each tied for eighth with respective 9.725s, and Kaufman tied for 10th at 9.7.
New Hampshire's Amanda Hall earned the all-around title with a score of 38.65. Hall also won the vault title with a 9.825, while her teammate Mariana Pena-Trestini won the bars title with a 9.875. Kentucky's Crissy Cannon took the beam title (9.725) and her teammate Michelle Gales earned top honors on floor with a 9.875.
The Colonials (13-12) return to action when they travel to Towson, MD, on Wednesday, March 16 to take on the Towson Tigers at 7:00 p.m.Team Scores
1. New Hampshire - 192.95
2. GW - 192.525
3. #17 Kentucky - 192.3
4. Yale - 188.4
5. James Madison - 185.325
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