Women’s gymnastics places fifth in GEC Championships, ties season-high score


Saturday, March 18, William and Mary women’s gymnastics finished fifth overall in the Gymnastics East Conference (GEC) Championship at Kaplan Arena.

The Tribe finished with a team score of 193.050, matching its best score of the season and winning the opening session.

Senior Emma Wiley led the Tribe on vault with a 9.700, falling just short of all-conference honors and tying for seventh as an individual in the event. Junior Sofia Huang and sophomore Caroline Blatchford followed closely with matching scores of 9.675. As a team, the Tribe finished with a score of 48.125 on vault.

William and Mary excelled on bars, scoring a season-high 48.675. Junior Grace Costello led the Tribe with a career-high 9.800, earning her a fifth place individual finish on bars and second-team all conference honors in the event. Senior Amanda Jackson finished with a career-high 9.625. The other four Tribe gymnasts finished with at least a 9.700 on the event.

Beam proved to be a weak point for the Tribe. The team scored 47.600 on the event with sophomore Sarah Kuper’s 9.650.

However, William and Mary recorded several more records on the floor. Freshmen Hannah Burke and Michelle Ngo each scored a 9.800 to lead the team. Burke’s score marked a career-high. The Tribe’s third-highest scorer on the floor, Costello recorded a 9.775 to set a new career-high too.

Despite a wobbly beam routine, Costello finished the all-around with an impressive 37.275.

On the podium, Penn won the team title with a score of 194.925, closely followed by Yale at 194.200 and West Chester at 194.075.

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Jake Forbes is a junior at the College of William and Mary. He is double majoring in Government and Public Policy, but has a focus in health policy. In addition to serving as Managing Editor for the Flat Hat, Jake is the President of Club Golf and a member of club gymnastics. He has worked in journalism for nine years and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the Newtonite, his high school newspaper. Hailing from Newton, MA, Jake is a proud Boston sports fan.


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