GW gymnasts lose at UNC, set school record at home

The GW gymnastics team lost to the University of North Carolina at Carmichael Auditorium Friday night, but the Colonial gymnasts made school history in a meet earlier in the week.

Facing off with Eastern Michigan University, Radford University and the University of Maryland at the Smith Center Tuesday, GW set a school record for team score in a meet with a total of 194.150 in taking first place in the four-team meet. GW shattered its best meet score by almost a point. The previous best, set in 1997, was 193.350.

Maryland finished second in the meet with a score of just 192.050, while Eastern Michigan and Radford finished well off GW’s record-setting pace.

The Colonial women trailed by a tenth of a point after the first rotation on the vault, but they quickly took the lead in the meet with a stellar performance on the uneven bars.

GW made history on the balance beam as well, recording a team score of 48.775, the best performance on that apparatus in school history. Senior Shari Doulman set a personal best in winning the event with a score of 9.875.

Freshman Darden Wilee won the all-around competition with a score of 39.025, the second-best all-around score in school history. The best all-around score ever recorded -39.050 – was posted by senior Alexis Hrynko last season. Hrynko finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.925, the fourth-best mark in the program’s history.

GW, though, couldn’t maintain its momentum heading into Friday’s meet at North Carolina as the Colonial women trailed from start to finish. UNC won the dual meet 190.850-189.850.

Doulman recorded a victory on the beam (9.725), while Hrynko tied for first place in both the floor exercise (9.775) and the all-around competition (38.525).

The Colonial gymnasts are back in action Friday when they compete in the Oregon State Invitational.

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