GW places low, but posts high scores

The GW gymnastics team placed last in a tri-meet at the University of Georgia Saturday and third in a four-team meet at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., March 13.

At Georgia, the Colonial women finished with a score of 191.400 to place last behind Georgia (198.375) and North Carolina State University (193.600).

No GW individual competitor finished higher than sixth on any apparatus, as Georgia swept each event and took the top four places in the all-around. The Lady Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the nation, GW head coach Margie Foster-Cunningham said.

“It was Georgia’s senior night and there were 10,000 fans,” Foster-Cunningham. “It was an amazing atmosphere.”

As a team, the Colonial women scored a 48.475 on the balance beam – their highest mark of the meet. GW’s beam score topped N.C. State (47.625), but trailed Georgia (49.525). Jessica Mantak and Devin McCalla each scored a 9.800 on the apparatus.

“We started on the balance beam and to perform so well was a great achievement,” Foster-Cunningham said.

But GW faltered on the uneven bars, as Meena Lakdawala and Kelley Banks each scored just 8.750 and the team managed to score just a 46.525 – almost two full points behind N.C. State and over three points behind Georgia.

“We had three falls on the uneven bars that really hurt us,” Foster-Cunningham said. “(The bars) have been our nemesis all season.”

Stephanie Goldsmith led the Colonial women on the vault with a 9.800 as the team scored a 48.400 to take second place on the apparatus.

At Maryland, GW’s score of 192.975 trailed the University of Florida (196.225) and Maryland (195.575), but topped Atlantic 10 foe Rhode Island (192.250).

As a team, the Colonial women had their best performance on the floor exercise, taking second with a score of 49.125. Erica Lewy placed first on the apparatus with a score of 9.925 – GW’s only first-place finish. Darden Wilee managed fourth overall on the floor with a 9.875.

McCalla tied for third on the vault (9.825) and finished third in the all-around (39.250). Wilee placed seventh in the all-around with a score of 38.750.

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