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GW Gymnastics Honored at Friday's EAGL Banquet

Freshman Chelsea Raineri was named the EAGL Rookie of the Year at Friday night's championship banquet.
Freshman Chelsea Raineri was named the EAGL Rookie of the Year at Friday night's championship banquet.

March 21, 2014


DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman Chelsea Raineri was named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Rookie of the Year and four other George Washington gymnasts garnered All-EAGL honors at Friday night's Championship Banquet.

Raineri becomes the first Colonial gymnast to garner an end-of-year major award since George Washington joined the conference in 2005. The Telford, Pa., native was also honored as a First Team All-EAGL performer on both floor exercise and vault in addition to a Second Team All-EAGL selection on uneven bars.

A three-time Rookie of the Week selection this season, Raineri concluded the regular season ranked second in the EAGL with a regional-qualifying score (RQS) of 9.880. She also owns the third-highest vault routine in program history after hitting a 9.925 on Feburary 9. She has also been a standout on floor exercise where she has scored a 9.85 or better in five meets, highlighted by a 9.90 on March 3. Raineri steadily improved on uneven bars throughout the season, culminating in a season-high 9.875 in the final meet of the regular season.

Also garnering All-EAGL First Team honors were graduate student Kayla Carto (All-Around) and seniors Kiera Kenney (uneven bars) and Betsy Zander (balance beam).

Carto earns her second career first-team honor after being named to the first team uneven bars squad in 2013. The Davison, Mich., native was also named to the All-EAGL Second Team for vault and honored on Friday night as George Washington's Most Valuable Player.

Kenney lands on the All-EAGL First Team for uneven bars for the first time in her career after two previous second-team selections. The Warrington, Pa., native enters Saturday's championship meet as the second-ranked uneven bars performer in the conference with a RQS of 9.830.



Zander's First Team Balance Beam recognition is the second time in her career she has been named to an All-EAGL First Team (All-Around in 2013).

Junior Elena Corcoran was named to the All-EAGL Second Team for vault, the second straight season she has earned that recognition. Corcoran ranks tied for 12th in the conference with a RQS of 9.795.

The Colonials will compete in Sunday's EAGL Championship at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore Center on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Click here (link) for a preview of the event.

All-EAGL First Team
Chelsea Raineri - Vault, Floor Exercise
Kiera Kenney - Uneven Bars
Betsy Zander - Balance Beam
Kayla Carto - All-Around

All-EAGL Second Team
Kayla Carto - Vault
Elena Corcoran - Vault
Chelsea Raineri - Uneven Bars

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