Gymnastics delays season start for third time

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A coach assists a team member in practicing a handstand at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. The Colonials have no yet competed this season.

Gymnastics did not host New Hampshire Sunday after the Wildcats elected not to travel to D.C., according to a release Saturday.

The team’s first home meet was canceled, and no determination has been made if it will be made up at a later date, the release states. The delay marks the third time this season GW needed to push back its season-opening meet.

The Colonials were originally slated to kick off the 2021 season at Pittsburgh Jan. 24 but opted out of the meet because the team was not “appropriately” prepared.

“We just didn’t have enough time to appropriately prepare physically and mentally for the rigor of competition,” athletic department spokesperson Brian Sereno said in an email.

The squad’s second scheduled meet – a Jan. 31 matchup at North Carolina – was postponed due to a snowstorm preventing the team from traveling. Both programs are actively working to reschedule the meet, a Jan. 30 release states.

The meet against New Hampshire was GW’s first of two home competitions this season. Currently, the Colonials are set to compete in their home venue just once – March 7 against Towson.

The squad will compete against the Tigers four times during the 2021 campaign. Originally slated to see Towson just three times,the program added a meet March 12 against the Tigers. The Colonials will now see the Tigers in each of its last three regular season meets.

With the two canceled meets, a postponement and an addition, GW now has six competitions on its docket. The squad is slated to open its season Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. against Towson and William and Mary.

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