Gymnastics Tops Rhode Island, 191.95-189.475, on Senior Day
Colonials win three of four individual events; Coleman posts 9.825 on floor
March 20, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - Led by senior co-captains Meagan Wilson (Lilburn, GA) and Stefanie Tocco (Melrose, MA) in their final performance at Smith Center, the George Washington University gymnastics team defeated former Atlantic 10 foe Rhode Island, 191.95-189.475, on Senior Day in a non-conference dual meet Sunday afternoon. The Colonials won three of four individual events, while junior Erin Aiken (Centreville, VA) won the all-around title with a score of 38.325 to help GW improve to 14-13 overall on the season.
GW finished with scores of 48.175 on vault, 48.425 on bars, 46.65 on beam and 48.7 in the floor exercise, its second best total of the season. In addition, Aiken finished first out of three competitors in the all-around as all four of her scores were used in the team total.
In the first rotation, Aiken won the vault title with a mark of 9.775, while sophomore Emily Howarth (Columbus, OH) finished runner-up with a score of 9.65. Sophomore Jess Guilbert (Leesburg, VA) and freshman Carolyn Marckesano (Reston, VA) each finished in a tie for third with respective 9.625s.
On bars, junior Tiffany Jones (Ravenna, OH) eclipsed her season-best with a 9.8 to secure the event title. Finishing runner-up was reigning EAGL Co-Rookie of the Week Gillian Coleman, who equaled her collegiate-best with a 9.725, while Aiken posted a 9.7 to place third. Tocco and sophomore Maggie Parrack (Richardson, TX) finished in a tie for fifth as each scored 9.6.
Leading the way on the balance beam for the Colonials was Coleman, who placed second with a 9.625. Jones finished third with a 9.575, followed by Guilbert in fifth with a score of 9.525. The Rams' Emily Domenick placed first with a score of 9.7.
The Colonials received strong performances on floor from its entire lineup, led by Coleman, Wilson and Aiken. Coleman won the floor title as she equaled her career-best with a 9.825, while Wilson and Aiken shared runner-up honors with respective 9.75s. Junior Heather Kaufman (Austin, TX) earned fifth with a 9.7, followed by Marckesano (9.675) and Guilbert (9.625) in sixth and seventh, respectively.
GW (14-13) is back in action next weekend when it travels to Raleigh, NC, for its first East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championships on Friday, March 25, at 6 p.m., hosted by NC State.Team Scores
1. GW - 191.95
2. Rhode Island - 189.475