Despite season high, gymnastics falls at home

The GW women’s gymnastics team put up its highest team score of the season in Sunday’s “Think Pink” meet against North Carolina State, but it was not enough to knock off the first-place guests as the Wolfpack beat the Colonials 194.325-190.275.

N.C. State’s Taylor Seaman won the all-around competition with a score of 39.150, followed by teammate Jess Panza. GW junior Leslie Delima placed third in the event with a season-high score of 38.250.

Seaman also claimed first place on the floor and bars with scores of 9.850 and 9.800, respectively, and second on the vault with a 9.775.

With the exception of the floor exercises and the all-around competition, the Wolfpack claimed the top three slots in every event. Panza won the beam with a 9.825 and teammate Brooke Barr took first in the vault with a 9.875.

Delima, who also took second place in the floor exercise with a 9.775, was the only Colonial to place in the top three in any competition.

Despite the final outcome of the meet, there were a few bright spots for some GW competitors. Senior Megan Quinn, sophomore Amanda Murphy and freshman Kayla Carto all scored season highs in the floor (9.725), bars and vault (9.675, 9.500), and bars (9.550), respectively.

Wolfpack head coach Mark Stevenson said that the Colonials had “made drastic improvements” since he last saw them last month.

The spirit of the meet’s support of the fight against breast cancer appeared to be in full force, with both teams sporting pink leotards and accessories, and the coaches and staff wearing the same color throughout the day.

Many members of the crowd could also be spotted in pink or wearing one of the commemorative shirts for sale at the meet. Additionally, a raffle for spa services was held, with proceeds benefiting the Coalition for the Fight Against Breast Cancer.

After three straight road meets in the coming weeks, the Colonials will have their next home meet March 7th at 1 p.m. when they host William & Mary and the University of New Hampshire.

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