Gymnastics: Tribe women finish second at ECAC Championship, Waldman wins all-around

William and Mary placed second in the ECAC Championship this weekend, finishing its season in style. COURTESY PHOTO / TRIBE ATHLETICS

William and Mary rounded out its season in style at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship, finishing in second place in a competitive six-team meet. The College posted a team score of 194.575 Saturday, a season-best rating that tied for the sixth highest in school history.

The Tribe was beat only by Yale (195.325) and bested the other four teams in the conference, Brown (194.025), Penn (193.200), Cornell (193.150) and Temple (192.675).

As has been the case in many meets throughout the 2018 season, freshman Katie Waldman was a standout for the College. She won the all-around competition with 39.200 points, which ranks as the third best all-around score in school history and the best ever by a Tribe gymnast at the ECAC Championship.

Waldman’s best individual events were also the Tribe’s best events. Bars was one of the College’s strongest performances, as Waldman tied for first place in the meet, posting a 9.800. Sophomore Caroline Caponi took fifth, with a 9.775. Sophomores Evan Pakshong and Taylor White both posted scores of 9.725, helping the College tie for first on the event with a team total of 48.725.

When it came to vault, Waldman tied for second place, putting up a score of 9.800. Sophomore Erika Marr and freshman Mary Graceyn Gordon both scored 9.750, marking a career high for Gordon. Those gymnasts added to the Tribe’s 48.700, the eighth best vault score in school history.

On beam, Waldman once again received all-ECAC honors, tying for third place with a career-high 9.825. Pakshong took second with a career-best 9.850, adding to the College’s team total of 48.550.

Floor was the only event where the Tribe did not place a gymnast on the podium. White led the way for the College, putting up a career-high 9.825 and tying for fifth place. Waldman tied for 10th on floor, scoring 9.775.

Following Waldman’s all-around win for the Tribe, White took third place overall after competing in all four events, scoring 38.950. Caponi also competed in the all-around, placing seventh with a score of 38.150.


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