Women’s Gymnastics: Tribe earns season-high bar and beam scores in Senior Day loss

Jamie Holt / The Flat Hat

William and Mary fell to North Carolina 194.875-190.850 at Kaplan Arena on Saturday afternoon. Despite the loss, the Tribe posted their season-high score on Senior Day.

March 6’s meet was the last home meet for the senior class, which includes Mary Graceyn Gordon, Hailey Haycox, Katie Waldman, and Lauren Winkler. The seniors were able to capture the momentum of the ceremony, with Gordon and Waldman posting individual and team highs.

The Tribe started on bars with a season high of 46.200, led by Waldman’s score of 9.725. Though Waldman secured fourth place with her performance, it was not enough to take the lead over the Tarheels, who led the Tribe 48.800-48.125.

Coming in to vault with an event score of 48.125, Waldman and Gordon each scored 9.675, enough to tie for fourth on the apparatus. The Tarheels took the podium with juniors Emery Summey and Drew Aldridge, and sophomore Elizabeth Culton. Their dominant performances caused the Tribe to trail 94.325-97.275 at the half way point of the meet.

The Tribe also recorded a season high 48.375 on beam. Freshman Grace Costello led the team with a 9.750, her personal record.

In the final rotation, Gordon, Costello, and junior Chloe Campbell scored career highs on floor. They each led the team with identical scores of 9.750, enough to place themselves in a tie for third.

Gordon placed third in the all-around with a score of 38.725. Waldman and Costello finished with 38.150 and 37.050, respectively. The Tribe’s teamwork achieved a season record, but failed to topple the Tarheels.

William and Mary will finish its season with a rematch at North Carolina next Saturday, March 13 at 6 p.m.


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