No. 20 Gymnastics In Action at NCAA Regional on Saturday
EAGL Champion Colonials look to extend season and advance to first-ever NCAA National Championship
|NCAA Morgantown Regional||Date, Time||Saturday, April 1 | 4:00 p.m. ET - Tickets|
|Location||WVU Coliseum - Morgantown, West Virginia|
|Competing Teams||George Washington | Alabama|
Michigan | Southern Utah
West Virginia | Kent State
|Coverage||Live Stats | Live Video | @GWGymnastics||Additional Information||Morgantown Regional Central | National Rankings | GW Notes|
LEADING OFF: The No. 20 George Washington gymnastics team will make its third consecutive trip, and 13th all-time appearance, at NCAA Regionals when it competes at the Morgantown Regional on Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.
THE CHAMPS ARE HERE: The Colonials are coming off of a dominant performance at the 2017 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship that resulted in the program's second EAGL crown (2015, 2017) and seventh all-time conference championship (Atlantic 10, 1998-2002).
THE FIELD: GW, which boasts the most wins in 2017 of the six-team field with a 24-4 record, is seeded fourth and will compete against top-seeded and No. 6 Alabama, No. 2 seed and seventh-ranked Michigan, No. 3 seed Southern Utah (No. 18), No. 5 seed West Virginia and No. 6 seed Kent State.
AT STAKE: Advancing from each of the six regional competitions this weekend will be a total of 12 teams and 12 all-around gymnasts and event specialists. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) will receive an automatic berth to the national championships. Additionally, event winners at each regional will advance (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or all-around qualifier.
EAGL ELITE: Junior Cami Drouin-Allaire extended GW's run of at least one individual conference champion to four straight seasons when she won both the all-around (39.40) and vault (9.90) titles at the EAGL Championship.
It marks Drouin-Allaire's second-ever EAGL Vault championship (2015, 2017) and is the fourth straight season a GW Gymnast has either won or shared the conference vault crown.
Her EAGL all-around title marks the first time in program history a GW gymnast has won the individual title. She is GW's first all-around conference champion since Athletic Hall of Famer Devin McCalla won three straight Atlantic 10 titles (2000-02).
BEST IN THE BUSINESS: Head Coach Margie Foster-Cunningham earned her second straight, and third overall, EAGL Coach of the Year Award after guiding the Colonials to the conference title and a consistent top-20 national ranking throughout the regular season.
NATIONAL RANKS: GW earned a Regionals bid with consistency across all events throughout the season. The Colonials enter Saturday's meet with national top-25 team rankings on all events.
The Colonials, ranked 20th overall with a 196.430 RQS, rank 17th on vault (49.110 RQS), 23rd on uneven bars (49.095 RQS), 17th on balance beam (49.220 RQS) and 25th on floor exercise (49.160 RQS).
REGIONALS REWIND: GW posted the highest postseason score in program history of 195.55 to place fifth at last year's Athens Regional at the University of Georgia.
The 195.55 was a full point higher than the previous program record score (194.675) from the 2001 Southeast Regional.
Then-sophomore Jillian Winstanley finished sixth in the all-around (39.20) while classmate Drouin-Allaire tied for third place on vault with 9.90. The Colonials placed three gymnasts in the top ten on vault including Drouin-Allaire, Winsanley (9.85) and Chelsea Raineri (9.825).
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