The GW gymnastics team put together one of its best performances of the young season but still lost to both the University of Kentucky and North Carolina State University in Lexington, Ky., Friday.
The Colonial women scored a total of 191.700, just five-hundredths of a point behind the Wolfpack. Kentucky won the tri-meet with a score of 193.800.
Sophomore Darden Wilee and freshman Devin McCalla led the Colonial women in a meet that was dominated by Kentucky on nearly every apparatus. Wilee took third in the all-around competition with a score of 38.850, behind the top gymnast from each of the other two schools, both of whom turned in overall scores higher than 39 out of a possible 40 points. McCalla came in fourth in the competition.
McCalla was GW’s top finisher in both the vault and the uneven parallel bars. Her score of 9.750 on the vault was good enough for a tie for fourth, behind the winning score of 9.800.
McCalla was also a bright spot for GW on the bars with a team-high score 9.800, although that placed her only sixth among all gymnasts. The Colonial women fared poorly on the apparatus overall, as two of GW’s gymnasts scored under nine out of a possible 10.
Wilee was GW’s best finisher on both the balance beam and the floor exercise. Her score of 9.775 on the beam took fifth place in the event. But she finished just behind the four gymnasts who tied for first in the event with a score of 9.800. She took sixth on the floor exercise with another 9.800.
GW returns home Friday to take on Atlantic 10 rival Massachusetts at noon.