Gymnasts take Capital Cup
The GW gymnastics team won the Nation’s Capital Cup Saturday at the Smith Center with a score of 195.975.
The score was the highest in three years for the team and the fourth meet in a row in which the Colonials recorded a final score in the 195s. Following GW at the meet were Towson, 194.675; Pittsburgh, 193.675; William and Mary, 191.950; and Yale 191.575.
Senior Rachel Mann led the Colonials on the uneven bars with a score of 9.825. Sophomore Erin Aiken and junior Stefanie Tocco both received a 9.750. As a team, GW finished with a final score of 48.625 on the uneven bars.
“It was our best meet of the season so far,” Mann said. “We made a couple of small mistakes but we did very well. There are still some small improvements we could make.”
She added that the team has yet to reach its peak with three regular season meets left. NCAA Regionals begin April 3, when the Colonials’ seed will be based on average scores, not their win-loss record.
“It’s kind of frustrating,” Mann said. “You do what you can as a team, but a lot depends on what other teams do.”
Aiken finished in first place on the vault with a score of 9.950. Following Aiken was senior Lindsay Parks, who finished in third with a score of 9.850. Freshmen Emily Howarth and Jess Guilbert were not far behind, each scoring 9.750. The Colonials’ final score for the vault was 49.025 out of 50.
The Colonials scored a 49.025 on the balance beam, as junior Meagan Wilson and sophomore Heather Kaufman both scored 9.850.
Saturday’s performance came after GW dropped its match against Maryland last Wednesday 195.800-195.350.
-Kelly Cassetori and Alan Siegel
Lacrosse loses third in a row
The GW lacrosse team is still winless this season after falling to the College of William and Mary 13-9 Sunday in Williamsburg, Va.
The Colonials (0-3) trailed 7-6 at halftime but were outscored 6-3 after intermission. Junior Jamie Lee had two goals for GW, and freshman goalie Emily Fortunato had 10 saves.
Sophomore Lauren Bower and junior Megan McDonough each had a goal for the Colonials, but the Tribe’s defense gave GW trouble all day, forcing 10 turnovers.
GW will face Davidson College Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon.
Tennis teams fall to Xavier
It was a rough Saturday for the GW men’s and women’s tennis teams, as both squads lost to Xavier 5-2 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The men’s team (8-5) got wins from senior Matt Hane at first singles and junior Matt Treadgold in the second singles spot. The third doubles team of Treadgold and freshman Daniel Balke were also victorious.
In singles play, Balke and senior Brett Warner both lost in straight sets and junior Daniel Raisbeck lost in three sets. In doubles play, Hane and junior Jake Jopling lost in a tiebreaker, as did Raisbeck and Warner.
The women’s team (1-5) got victories from juniors Natasha Bode at third singles and Sevla Gonca at fifth singles. Senior Lindy First, sophomore Anastasia Skavronskaia and freshman Anne Watkins all lost in straight sets. Sophomore Sandra Simunic won her first set but ended up losing a close three-set match.
Both teams will play their next match (one of their few home matches in Virginia) on Thursday against UMBC.
Women’s water polo goes 2-1
The GW women’s water polo team defeated Villanova University 10-7 Friday before splitting matches with Princeton University and Bucknell University Saturday at the Smith Center.
Hosting the Collegiate Water Polo Association league weekend, the Colonials (7-6) fell 9-5 to Princeton and beat Bucknell 6-2. Junior Kendra Shanely had five goals for GW in its win over Villanova.