Monday, March 23, 2015

GW Gymnastics Wins 2015 EAGL Championship

From our friend at GW Athletics...

Colonials Edge Field for First-Ever EAGL Title; Win Three Event Titles

The George Washington gymnastics team scored 195.85 to win its first-ever East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship on Sunday afternoon at SECU Arena.

The title marks GW's sixth overall conference title and first since winning five Atlantic 10 championships in a row from 1998-2002.

The Colonials posted team scores of 49.40 on vault, 49.05 on uneven bars, 48.35 on balance beam and 49.05 on floor exercise to edge out defending champion New Hampshire (195.70) for the title. NC State and Towson tied for third place with 195.225 followed by North Carolina (194.825) and Pittsburgh (193.475).

Freshman Jillian Winstanley, who was named the EAGL Rookie of the Year at the conclusion of the event, led the Colonials with a second-place finish in the all-around with a score of 39.225. She won the uneven bars title with a score 9.875 and added a 9.90 on vault to tie for second place. Winstanley also tallied scores of 9.725 on uneven bars (23rd) and 9.725 on floor exercise (T-19th).

GW swept the top four positions in the vault standings with freshman Cami Drouin-Allaire capturing the event title with a score of 9.95. It marks the third time this season that Drouin-Allaire has achieved that score, which ties the best-ever score in program history.

Sophomore Chelsea Raineri tied with Winstanley for second place with 9.85 and senior Elena Corcoran scored 9.85 to tie for fourth place.

Winstanley and Drouin-Allaire are the only gymnasts in program history to earn outright event titles at an EAGL Championship. Four Colonials combined to win shares of both the vault and uneven bars titles at the 2014 EAGL Championships in Durham, New Hampshire.

Drouin-Allaire finished in third place in the all-around with a score of 39.20. In addition to her vault title, she added marks of 9.825 on uneven bars (T-3rd), 9.60 on balance beam (29th) and 9.825 on floor exercise (T-7th).

Freshman Sara Mermelstein also won an event title for the Colonials, claiming a share of the floor exercise championship with a score of 9.85.

Raineri tied Drouin-Allaire with 9.825 (T-7th) on floor exercise while Corcoran and senior Courtney Willoughby each scored 9.775 to tie for 12th place.

GW will learn its fate for the NCAA Regional Championships on Monday afternoon during the NCAA Gymnastics Selection Show at 3:00 p.m. With a top-36 regional-qualifying score, the Colonials could be headed to Auburn, California, Iowa State, Ohio State, Oklahoma or West Virginia. Check @GWGymnastics on Twitter for the latest information as it becomes available.

Click here for yesterday's official results.