GW Gymnastics Earns Two Event Titles at EAGL Championship
Colonials Finish in Fifth Place Overall
March 22, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. - The George Washington gymnastics team had four gymnasts earn a share of an event title as the Colonials scored 194.650 to finish in fifth place out of eight competing teams at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,252 fans at the Whittemore Center.
The Colonials posted team scores of 48.750 on vault, 49.175 on uneven bars, 47.775 on balance beam and 48.950 on floor exercise. GW's uneven bars score stands as the best team performance in the event out of the eight competing teams.
For the first time since joining the conference in 2005 the Colonials had a gymnast tie for first place in an event with four gymnasts earning positions on first-place podiums.
Seniors Betsy Zander, Brittany Doran and Kiera Kenney each finished in a tie for first place on uneven bars with a 9.875 along with Maryland's Karen Tang. The score marks a new career-high for Doran and ties the personal-best scores for Kenney and Zander.
Freshman Chelsea Raineri, who was named the EAGL Rookie of the Year at Friday night's awards banquet, finished in a tie for first place on vault with a score of 9.85.
The Colonials opened the meet on vault where they were paced by Raineri's 9.85. She was followed by sophomore Elena Corcoran and senior Kayla Carto in 11th place (9.775). Senior Taylor Henderson finished in a tie for 19th place with 9.725.
The Colonials dominated on uneven bars, sticking the dismount in all five routines. In addition to the three first-place finishes the Colonials got key contributions from Raineri (T-15th, 9.80), Carto (T-20th, 9.75) and Henderson (T-29th, 9.725).
Zander led GW on balance beam, finishing in a tie for fourth place with a score of 9.85 but GW was impacted by multiple falls that contributed to a team score of 47.775.
Henderson paced the Colonials on floor exercise, tying for 10th place with a 9.85. She was followed by Raineri (T-22nd, 9.80,), freshman Alex DeMoura (T-27th, 9.775), Zander (T-27th, 9.775), Carto (T-31st, 9.75) and Corcoran (44th, 9.45).