No. 18 Gymnastics to Compete at Penn State
Colonials to clash with Nittany Lions on Saturday
LEADING OFF: The No. 18 George Washington gymnastics team continues its season-long stretch on the road this Saturday when it heads to University Park, Pennsylvania, to face No. 28 Penn State in dual-meet action.
LAST TIME OUT: The Colonials (12-5) totaled 195.650 to finish in third-place at the Gym Quarters Invitational last weekend. GW finished behind No. 2 LSU (198.075) and No. 21 Mizzou (196.025), and ahead of No. 10 Arkansas (195.575). The Buff and Blue put forth team scores of 49.250 on vault, 47.950 on uneven bars, 49.200 on balance beam, and 49.250 on floor exercise.
SHIFT TO RQS: This week’s NCAA RoadToNationals.com rankings are the first of the season that take into account each team’s regional-qualifying score (RQS). The RQS is based on a team’s and all-around competitor’s six best regular-season-meet scores, of which three must be away. The high score is eliminated with the remaining five scores averaged.
MOVING UP: GW sits among the top-20 teams in the nation on vault and balance beam. In addition to being 18th in the nation with a team RQS of 195.735, the Colonials boast event ranks of seventh on vault (49.135 RQS) and 14th on balance beam (48.995). Individually, Jillian Winstanley leads the GW trio of all-arounders ranked 14th nationally (39.225 RQS), as Cami Drouin-Allaire follows closely behind in 23rd (39.130 RQS), and Alex Zois in 28th (39.080 RQS.)
.025 TRACKER: Each week, the gymnastics squad sets individual goals in practice to improve their routines by .025. Five Colonials either matched or surpassed their season-highs at Gym Quarters this past weekend. Senior Liz Pfeiler matched her season-high on bars (9.775) and on vault (9.875), while fellow-senior Alex Zois matched her season-high on vault with a 9.825. The captain trio of Cami Drouin-Allaire, Jillian Winstanley, and Sara Mermelstein also posted solid scores, with Drouin-Allaire matching her season-best on vault (9.925) and beam (9.825), Winstanley matching her season-high on vault (9.900) and posting a career-best 9.925 on beam, and Mermelstein matching her season-high on beam (9.775) and setting a season-best 9.850 on floor.
RAISING HIGH: The Buff and Blue continued to raise the bar on Friday and posted season-high scores on vault (49.250) and beam (49.200). Vault has proven to be the Colonials’ strongest event, with the squad passing the 49.000 threshold five times this season. GW ranks first in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) and seventh nationally on vault. Individually, Drouin-Allaire ranks fifth nationally with a 9.895 RQS on vault.
EAGL ELITE: The Colonials pace the EAGL with a 195.735 RQS. GW holds top ranks on vault (49.135 RQS) and beam (48.995 RQS), sits in second on floor (49.050 RQS), and ranks third on bars (48.700 RQS).
COLONIAL CONNECTION: Head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham graduated from Penn State in 1982. As an athlete, Foster-Cunningham was a five-time All-American at Penn State and led the Nittany Lions to a national championship in 1980. That year, she was a finalist for the prestigious Broderick Award, given to the most outstanding collegiate gymnast.
ROAD WARRIORS: Following their meet at Penn State, the Colonials will have one more meet on the road before returning home to the Charles E. Smith Center. GW will visit the site of the 2018 EAGL Championship for a tri-meet with EAGL foe Towson and Rutgers on March 2.
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