Winstanley Named EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Junior becomes GW's fourth-consecutive major-award winner; Foster-Cunningham named Coach of the Year
RALEIGH, N.C. - George Washington gymnastics junior Jillian Winstanley was named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Scholar-Athlete of the Year and head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham earned her second straight EAGL Coach of the Year Award, the league announced at the conclusion of Saturday's championship meet.
Winstanley is the first gymnast in program history to earn the conference's top academic award. It also marks the fourth season in a row that a GW gymnast has won a major end-of-season EAGL award following Cami Drouin-Allaire in 2016 (Gymnast of the Year), Winstanley in 2015 (Rookie of the Year) and Chelsea Raineri in 2014 (Rookie of the Year).
The Arlington, Massachusetts, native is ranked second overall in the EAGL in both the all-around and vault while ranking third in the conference on both uneven bars and balance beam. She has eclipsed 39.00 in the all-around in six meets in 2017, including a career-high 39.55 earlier this season. Last week, she was named to the First Team All-EAGL teams for vault, uneven bars, balance beam and the all-around while earning Second Team honors on floor exercise.
In the classroom, Winstanley maintains a cumulative grade-point average of 3.96 as a Business Administration major and was recently named to the EAGL All-Scholastic team for the third consecutive season. She posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in the Spring 2016 semester and is a three-time honoree on the GW Athletics Dean's List.
Foster-Cunningham, now in her 32nd season at the helm of the program, earns her third-career EAGL Coach of the Year award (2011, 2016, 2017) after leading the Colonials to a consistent top-20 national ranking throughout the season.
She led GW to a 24-4 regular-season record and has clinched the team's third consecutive trip to NCAA Regionals and the program's 13th all-time appearance. GW leads the EAGL in overall team score RQS and all four events while ranking in the nation's top-25 on all four events. GW also tied the program record for best start to a season in history by starting the 2017 campaign 11-0.
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