GW gymnastics team beats JMU, URI at home tri-meet

“No regrets” is the GW women’s gymnastics team’s motto. And team members shouldn’t have much to regret after beating Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island and non-conference foe James Madison University at the Smith Center Friday.

But despite edging out Rhode Island 189.5 to 188.675 and beating James Madison, which finished with 183.75, head coach Margie Cunningham said she feels the team has room to improve.

“Overall, the way the year is going is that we can’t quite put a whole meet together,” Cunningham said. “We had three excellent events. On beam we fell four times, and that’s just not acceptable. You can’t work like that. We need to have scores in the 190s right now, so we’re just shy of our goal.”

Senior captain Alexis Hrynko captured the all-around title with a score of 39.225. Her 9.725 on vault earned her a tie for first in that event.

“Alexis Hrynko has just been pulling through and being very consistent. Winning the all-around tonight was super for her,” Cunningham said.

Freshman Darden Wilee finished just behind Hrynko in the all-around competition with a score of 38.200. She had an outstanding floor performance and finished first in that event with a score of 9.750. Wilee also placed second on the bars, scoring 9.70.

With Erica Lewy injured – she landed on the metal base of the beam and bruised the arch on her foot Thursday – two freshmen stepped up to fill her spot.

“Erica is awesome on floor and beam and we had to put two freshmen in – one on beam and one on floor. They’re stepping up and doing a really good job,” Cunningham said.

Senior Siobhan Haney had an impressive performance on the bars, tying the school record with a 9.825. Haney also tied teammate Stephanie Goldsmith for third place on the floor exercise.

With the Colonials last home meet Wednesday, they will be spending the latter part of the season on the road, traveling as far as Oregon for the Oregon State Invitational.

“It’s really hard, but due to the facility restraints we have here at GW, we’re lucky to get in the number of meets that we do get in,” Cunningham said. “It’s something that we just have to deal with.”

The Colonials will stick with their no regrets attitude, according to Cunningham.

“We’re always saying `no regrets’ and working on having a good attitude and staying focused on our cue, so that’s a lot of the lingo that you hear going on in the huddle – just trying to really maintain that strong focus and compete like your not going to be sorry for what happened,” Cunningham said.

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