No. 21 Gymnastics Heads West for Winterfest Weekend at Denver
Colonials kick off road swing with tri-meet
LEADING OFF: After a dominating performance at its annual Pink Meet, the No. 21 George Washington gymnastics team will head west for a challenging Saturday night tri-meet at No. 12 Denver with No. 27 West Virginia at 8 p.m. ET at Hamilton Gymnasium.
LAST TIME OUT: In their return to the Charles E. Smith Center, the Colonials cracked the 196.00 threshold for the second time this season en route to a first-place finish at their Pink Meet on Sunday afternoon. GW totaled a season-high 196.525 to finish the day first on the podium, behind team scores of 49.225 on vault, 49.075 on uneven bars, 48.900 on balance beam, and 49.325 on floor exercise. Kent State finished second with a 195.325, while William & Mary took third (193.225) and UW-Oshkosh finished fourth (190.975).
ROAD WARRIORS: The Buff and Blue will put their recent success to the test as they begin a season-long stretch of four straight road meets on Saturday. Following Winterfest Weekend at Denver, the Colonials will head to St. Louis for Gym Quarters to face a field of top-ranked opponents that features No. 3 LSU, No. 14 Arkansas, and No. 18 Minnesota. The meet will be contested on podium, an elevated competition floor as seen at the NCAA Gymnastics National Championship. GW will then go head-to-head with Penn State on Feb. 24 before visiting the site of the 2018 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship for a tri-meet with EAGL foe Towson and Rutgers on March 2.
VALUABLE VAULTERS: GW currently sits atop the EAGL standings on vault, and ranks 10th nationally, with an average team score of 49.050 and a 49.225 high score. A trio of Colonials rank in the top-five on the event, with senior co-captain Cami Drouin-Allaire pacing the conference with a 9.800 average and career-high matching 9.925 high.
Drouin-Allaire, who earned Second Team All-America honors on vault from the National Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Association as a freshman, also ranks 11th nationally. Jillian Winstanley and Liz Pfeiler join Drouin-Allaire as top vaulters in the conference, with Winstanley (9.830 avg., 9.900 high) sitting in third and Pfeiler (9.805 avg., 9.875 high) taking the fifth spot.
EAGL ENVY: The Colonials pace the EAGL with an average team score of 195.475 and 196.525 high. Besides their top-rank on vault, the squad also holds second-place in every other event with a 48.720 avg. (49.075 high) on uneven bars, a 48.640 avg. (49.175 high) on balance beam, and a 49.065 avg. (49.325 high) on floor exercise.
THREE-PEAT: For the second straight week and third time this season, Winstanley was named EAGL Gymnast of the Week after posting the highest all-around in EAGL this season with a score of 39.525 at the Colonials' annual Pink Meet. The co-captain's 39.525 placed her on the all-around podium for the fourth-straight week and put the finance major in sole possession of fourth place on GW's all-time all around score list. Winstanley has scored above a 39.000 in the last four meets and has broken the 39.000 threshold 11 times since the start of the 2017 season.
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