Colonial varsity roundup

Mann places 14th in NCAA regional all-around
Junior co-captain Rachel Mann placed 14th in the all-around competition at NCAA Regionals in Athens, Ga., Saturday. Mann was the lone representative of the GW gymnastics team at Regionals, as the team failed to advance for the first time since 1999.

Mann tallied a 38.325, turning in her highest score in floor exercise with a 9.750. She followed up that performance with a 9.500 on the vault and bars and a 9.575 on the beam.

“I think I did my routines well, but I was disappointed with the scoring,” Mann said. “It’s hard going in as an individual because when you compete on a team, scores build on each other. But as an individual there is nothing to build on.”

Host University of Georgia’s Chelsa Byrd won the all-around with a 39.625 followed by teammate Cory Fitzinger. Georgia also won the team competition.

The top two teams and the top two individual all-around finishers not affiliated with a team advance to the National Championships.
-Lauren Silva

First takes No. 1 singles, Colonials lose match
The GW women’s tennis team dropped a close match to James Madison Friday, 4-3, in Harrisonburg, Va., leaving the Colonials’ season record at 4-8.

GW got a singles victory from junior Lindy First, who is still suffering from multiple injuries. Sophomore Selva Gonca and senior Samantha Fisher also came away with singles wins on the day.

In doubles, sophomore Natasha Bode and freshman Estee Bartell scored points for GW.

The women will look to improve their record when they travel to Temple and Massachusetts next weekend.
-Jill Ersner

Flyers hold softball scoreless in losing weekend
The GW softball team is still searching for its first conference win after losing both games of a Friday doubleheader to Atlantic 10 foe Dayton at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. GW did not score a run in either game.

The Colonials (2-23, 0-10 A-10) were kept at bay by Flyer pitcher Dana Campbell, who pitched a five-inning no-hitter. Meanwhile, the Dayton offense posted three runs in the third on its way to the 9-0 victory. GW catcher Sam Sordi had six putouts on the day.

GW’s pitching kept the team closer in game two, but a Dayton run in the sixth inning spoiled any hopes for a win, as the Colonials could not muster any offense of their own. Dayton added another run in the seventh to take the 2-0 victory.

Starting pitcher Jaclyn Sanderson pitched five innings, giving up four hits and one run, while Elana Meyers struck out two in her 1.2 innings of relief.
-Lauren Silva

Women drop two on Philly road trip
The GW women’s lacrosse team lost two games in Philadelphia last weekend along with a probable chance at making the Atlantic 10 Tournament. With a 15-7 loss to Temple Sunday after a 12-6 loss to La Salle Friday, the Colonials (6-6, 1-3 A-10) fell to .500 for the first time since mid-March.

Sophomore midfielders Jamie Lee and Jenny Heisler had four and three goals, respectively, in Sunday’s losing effort.

The Colonials jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first half but went on to allow five consecutive goals. The closest the Colonials came after that Explorer run was 8-6 early in the second half, as the Owls outscored GW 7-1 in the remainder of the game.

The loss to Temple ended a disappointing weekend in Philadelphia for the Colonials, who never led in Friday’s loss to La Salle.

Freshman Lauren Bower continued her streak of 10 goals in 11 games with two goals in the loss.
-Charles Vundla

Golf tournament rained out
The GW golf team did not get a chance to compete Friday and Saturday at the Princeton Invitational, as the tournament was canceled due to rain.

The Colonials will play 36 holes Monday in Rehoboth Beach, Del. at the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational.

The week was not a total wash out for GW, however, as freshman Frederico Guzman was named Atlantic 10 co-Rookie of the Week last Monday.
-Brian Costa

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