No. 20 Gymnastics Sets New Postseason Record at NCAA Regionals
Raineri and Drouin-Allaire both qualify for NCAA Championship
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - It was a historic day on Saturday for the No. 20 George Washington gymnastics team at the NCAA Morgantown Regional at the WVU Coliseum. The Colonials accomplished a pair of feats that have not happened in the history of the program while setting a new program-record postseason score.
For the second consecutive season, GW set a new postseason scoring record of 195.625, while senior Chelsea Raineri (vault) and junior Cami Drouin-Allaire (all-around) qualified for the NCAA Championship as individual competitors.
It marks the first time that GW has sent multiple qualifiers to the NCAA Championship with Raineri being just the third gymnast to ever accomplish the feat, joining repeat qualifier Drouin-Allaire (2015, 2017 - All-Around) and J.J. Tolhurst (1994 - All-Around).
Raineri is also GW's first-ever NCAA Regional Champion as she tied for first place on the vault with a 9.875. In addition to her vault co-championship, Raineri also made a podium appearance on floor exercise as she tied for third place with a 9.90.
Drouin-Allaire qualified for the second time in her career, GW's first-ever gymnast to make a repeat trip to the National Championship, as an all-around performer by virtue of being one of the top-two all-around performers on the day that was not on an advancing team. She placed seventh overall in the all-around with 39.175, boasted by scores of 9.825 on vault (T-9th), 9.75 on bars, 9.80 on beam (T-10th) and 9.80 on floor exercise.
Junior Sara Mermelstein also made a podium appearance, tying for third place on balance beam with a 9.85.
GW posted team scores of 49.025 on vault, 48.70 on uneven bars, 48.85 on balance beam and 49.05 on floor exercise to place fifth in the six-team field.
Michigan (197.35) and Alabama (196.625) finished in first and second place, respectively, to advance to the NCAA Championship. Host West Virginia finished in third (196.325), followed by Southern Utah (195.675), GW and Kent State (194.375).
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