Gymnastics Duo Set for NCAA Championship
Drouin-Allaire and Raineri will be in action on Friday night in Saint Louis
|NCAA Gymnastics Championship||Date, Time||Friday, April 14 | 9:00 p.m. ET|
|Location||Chaifetz Arena - Saint Louis, Missouri|
|Competing Athletes||Cami Drouin-Allaire (All-Around)|
Chelsea Raineri (Vault)
|Coverage||Live Stats | ESPN3 | @GWGymnastics|
LEADING OFF: For the first time in program history the George Washington gymnastics team will have multiple student-athletes in action at the NCAA Gymnastics Championship. Senior Chelsea Raineri (vault) and junior Cami Drouin-Allaire (all-around) will compete as individual qualifiers on Friday night at Chaifetz Arena in Saint Louis, Missouri.
COACH'S TAKE: "Having two individual qualifiers is another step towards our team goal of being represented at the NCAA Championship in the future," said head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham. "This program has been on a steady rise the past few years and we are very proud of Chelsea and Cami for being the next step in the continued success of this program."
FORMAT: Both Raineri and Drouin-Allaire will compete in Semifinal II on Friday evening at 8 p.m. Raineri will compete on the vault during rotation four with Georgia while Drouin-Allaire will rotate throughout the evening with Nebraska.
VALUABLE VAULTER: Raineri earned her way to the NCAA Championship by becoming GW's first-ever regional champion with a 9.875 on vault at the Morgantown Regional. She concluded the regular season tied for seventh in the Southeast Region and tied for second in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) on the apparatus with a 9.860 RQS.
FOSTER-CUNNINGHAM ON RAINERI: "GW gymnastics is all about continuing to learn and improve as you go from freshman to senior year. Chelsea is the perfect example of someone who is at her peak as a senior. I am so increcliby proud of her work ethic that has contributed to her improvement throughout her career. She deserves to be there. She won first place at a NCAA Regional which is an extremely difficult thing to do. As a coach, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a senior who is at her best. She is very excited and very honored to be representing George Washington on the national stage."
RETURN TRIP: Drouin-Allaire is the first gymnast in program history to make a repeat trip to the NCAA Championship as an individual qualifier. She also competed as a freshman in Fort Worth, Texas, when she placed 10th in all-around with a 39.20, including scores of 9.85 on vault, 9.75 on uneven bars, 9.75 on balance beam and 9.85 on floor exercise.
The junior won both the all-around and vault titles at the EAGL Championship last month. She enters the NCAA Championship ranked sixth in the Southeast Region on all-around and third in the EAGL (39.285 RQS).
FOSTER-CUNNINGHAM ON CAMI: "Fans can expect to see a more experienced competitor in Cami. She has been solid all season and has really put the polish on her routines. I think she is going to be as consistent as she has been all year long. She has a little extra sass to her and that is her confidence in going back to the NCAA Championship as a repeat qualifier. I think she will have a successful trip."
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