BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (April 12, 2012) - The William and Mary women's gymnastics team earned its second-best score of the season but placed third in the first session at the USAG Collegiate Championships hosted by Bridgeport on Thursday afternoon. Texas Woman's College won the session with a 193.625, while Air Force edged W&M, 192.300-192.250, to earn a spot in Friday's team finals. Centenary College placed fourth with a 190.750.
Senior Kristin Milardo and sophomore Jessica Pritchard placed first and second, respectively, in the session's all-around competition, while they finished fourth and fifth, respectively, overall. With the performances, both garnered USAG Collegiate All-America first-team honors. Milardo earned a 38.825, while Pritchard recorded a 38.775 - her second-best score of the season.
Following the competition, Milardo was honored as the 2012 USAG Collegiate Senior Gymnast of the Year for her outstanding season.
In addition to their impressive efforts as all-arounders, Milardo qualified for Saturday's individual event finals on vault and bars while Pritchard will compete on bars and beam. Freshmen Brandy Stover (beam) and Stacia Ruse (floor) will also compete in Saturday's individual event finals. All four gymnasts earned USAG Collegiate All-America First Team honors.
Milardo highlighted the Tribe's performance on vault and earned a 9.875, which ties for the second-best score in school history in the event. Junior Jennifer Ware also came up big with a career-high 9.800 en route to helping W&M earn a team total of 48.300. Additionally, Ware earned second-team USAG Collegiate All-America honors with her performance.
Pritchard led the College on bars with a team-best 9.725, which ranked as the top mark in the opening session. Milardo also qualified for Saturday's individual event finals with a 9.700, while freshman Carleigh Wrobel contributed to the team total (48.000) in the event with a 9.625.
Pritchard and Stover were W&M's top performers on beam and both registered a 9.700. The score represented a career high for Pritchard. The Tribe earned a 47.450 as a team in the event.
Ruse tied for second on floor with a career-best 9.825 en route to earning a spot in Saturday's event finals. Pritchard also performed well and posted a 9.750 to help the Tribe register a 48.500 in the event.
Saturday's individual event finals will get underway at 1 p.m.