The GW gymnastics team turned in its highest score of the season Friday but has yet to win its first meet as the Colonials took third place at N.C. State. Junior co-captain Rachel Mann was a bright spot for GW, taking first place finishes in the all around and the floor exercise.
Junior co-captain Lindsay Parks said the Colonials’ continued improvement was indicative of the small steps the team is making toward their goal of consistency.
“We are steadily making improvements, but we have to make bigger ones,” she said. “Right now, we just have to make a big jump.”
Host N.C. State won the meet with a 195.050 ahead of second-place Kent State (193.450).
Mann, one of the main keys to the Colonials’ consistency, won the all around with a season-high 39.050 in front of the Wolfpack’s Leah Sabo. GW freshman Heather Kaufman took third in all-around with a career-high 38.400.
The Colonials had their best showing on floor exercise, where Mann tied for first place with N.C. State’s Cori Goldstein, scoring a career-high 9.900. Junior Lauren Bernstein also had a career-high performance on the floor, placing sixth with a 9.825. Parks tied her teammate for sixth place.
Mann was also the high scorer on the beam (9.200), tying for second place with Goldstein. N.C. State’s Kylah Bachman won the event with a 9.875.
While the Colonials were strong on the floor exercise and the beam, they struggled on bars, leaving room for N.C. State and Kent to take the lead. The Colonials’ highest finish on bars was eighth place from Mann’s 9.700.
The Colonials will search for their first win when they take on the University of Florida Gators and the University of Washington Huskies on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in Gainesville, Fla.