GW Gymnastics to Compete at EAGL Championship on Saturday
Colonials Look to Improve Upon Last Season's Program-Best Finish
March 20, 2014
DURHAM, N.H. - The George Washington gymnastics team will compete on Saturday at the 2014 East Atlantic League (EAGL) Championship at the Whittemore Center at 2:00 p.m.
At last year's conference championship meet, the Colonials posted the highest team score (194.750) and team finish (4th of 8) since joining the league in 2005.
GW enters the weekend as the sixth-ranked team in the conference with a regional-qualifying score (RQS) of 194.550. The Colonials are currently ranked 43rd in the nation in RQS. The top 36 teams following this weekend's competition will advance to NCAA Regionals.
The Colonials hold conference event rankings of second on vault (48.970 RQS), fifth on uneven bars (48.790 RQS), seventh on balance beam (48.290 RQS) and fourth on floor exercise (48.955 RQS).
The Colonials closed the regular season by posting a program-record uneven bars score of 49.20 and a season-high team score of 195.875 at last Sunday's Senior Meet at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Freshman Chelsea Raineri earned her third EAGL Rookie of the Week award of the season following a week in which she registered five first-place finishes across the Colonials' final two meets of the regular season. The Telford, Pa., enters Sunday's EAGL Championship as the second-ranked vault performer in the conference with a regional-qualifying score of 9.880.
She leads the EAGL with an average routine of 9.875 and has tied or eclipsed her average score on eight occasions this season. She is also ranked sixth on floor exercise (9.850 RQS) and 13th on uneven bars (9.770 RQS).
Senior Kiera Kenney ranks second in the EAGL on uneven bars with a RQS of 9.830 while senior Betsy Zander sits sixth in the league on balance beam (9.825 RQS).
With eight teams competing, each squad will alternate between byes and events. The Colonials order of events will open the competition on a bye before performing on vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise with a bye after each event.
The EAGL consists of George Washington, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Towson. NC State won the 2013 EAGL Championship which was held at North Carolina's Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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