Washington, DC - George Washington won all four events and compiled a team score of 192.975 to defeat William and Mary Friday night in women's collegiate gymnastics action at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.
For the Tribe, which tallied a total team score of 185.100, junior Brittany Gibbs (West Chester, PA) tied for first place on the uneven bars for her second individual title of the season, while freshmen Stevie Waldman (Downingtown, PA) and Tricia Long (Humble, TX) each had solid performances competing as all-arounders. The team was around its season average on both vault (47.225) and bars (47.275) Friday night, but again struggled on beam (44.725) and floor (45.875), the two events that have mired the squad's scoring throughout the year.
On vault, W&M was led by sophomore Christina Padilla (Sterling, VA), who posted a 9.575, which on this night was only good enough for fifth place, as the Colonials claimed the top four spots in the event. Padilla has been the Tribe's most consistent scorer on vault, as she entered tonight's competition with a season average of 9.679 in the event. Waldman, who has progressed nicely on vault, was second for W&M with a 9.475. Also contributing to the team tally on vault were junior Annie Carroll (Virginia Beach, VA) with a 9.450, senior Jaci Lynn (Copley, OH) who notched a 9.425 and Long who rounded out the team score with a 9.350.
Gibbs' individual title and sophomore Janelle Greene's (Chantilly, VA) season-high score highlighted the team's per-formance on bars, as Greene hit on her routine for a 9.700. Gibbs, who had been slowed by an ankle injury for much of the early season, appears to be rounding into shape on the bars, as she has now scored a 9.750 or better as the lineup anchor in three of the last four competitions. Long has become a consistent scorer for the Tribe on bars in her last four outings, continuing tonight with a season and career-high mark of 9.475. Rounding out the team total on bars were Padilla (9.200) and Waldman (9.150).
After posting a season-high team score of 47.575 last weekend in a tri-meet at North Carolina, the Tribe took a small step back on Friday night, as it was forced to count several falls in the team score. Long recorded the team's top mark on beam Friday with a 9.375, while senior Emma Cross (Ashland, VA) continues to battle back from an ankle injury, scoring a 9.150. Waldman was third for W&M with a 9.050, followed by sophomore Jess Randall (West Hartford, CT) with a 8.650 and senior Jess Patterson (Westfield, NJ) with a 8.500.
Unfortunately, the story was about the same for W&M on the floor, where the Tribe lineup has been devastated by the injury bug this season. Waldman had a solid showing as the anchor, coming through with a mark of 9.575 in fifth place. Randall bounced back and scored a season-high 9.425, and Patterson was third for the Tribe with a 9.250. Also contributing to the team score was Long with a 8.875 and junior Kate Magee (McLean, VA) with a 8.750.
Waldman finished second in the all-around scoring with a total of 37.250, just ahead of Long, who tallied a total score of 37.075.
The Tribe will look to get back on track next weekend, as it visits ECAC-rival Towson on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
1 George Washington 192.975
2 William and Mary 185.100
W&M Top Individuals
Vault ? Padilla (9.525)
Bars ? Gibbs (9.750-Tie First)
Beam ? Long (9.375)
Floor ? Waldman (9.575)
All-Around ? Waldman (37.250)