GW Gymnastics Places Second at Sweetheart Invitational

RALEIGH, N.C. – Freshman Chelsea Raineri continued her vault dominance as the George Washington gymnastics team finished in second place out of four teams on Saturday night at the Sweetheart Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum.

NC State won the meet with a team score of 196.050 with the Colonials following in second place with 193.750. North Carolina took third place with 193.650 followed by William & Mary in fourth with 192.650.

Team scores for the Colonials included 49.00 on vault, 48.60 on uneven bars, 47.95 on balance beam and 48.20 on floor exercise.

Raineri extended her streak of first-place finishes on vault to six consecutive meets by scoring a 9.875 to tie for first place with NC State’s Brittni Watkins. It marks the fourth time this season out of six routines that she has scored 9.875 or better. She also scored 9.75 on uneven bars (t-9th), 9.050 on balance beam (23rd), 9.825 on floor exercise (t-4th) and 38.50 in the all-around (6th).

The Colonials had three gymnasts place in the top four on vault. In addition to Raineri, freshman Alex DeMourafinished in third with a season-high 9.85 and graduate student Kayla Carto tied for fourth place with a career-high 9.825.

DeMoura also scored a season-high on floor exercise, finishing in sixth place with a 9.80. She was joined in the top-10 on the event by Carto, who scored 9.70 in eighth place.

Senior Kiera Kenney finished tied for fifth place on uneven bars with a season-high 9.775 and also finished in a four-way tie for ninth place on balance beam with a season-high 9.775 along with classmate Betsy Zander.

The Colonials return to action on Friday night with a road trip to visit Missouri. Meet time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET from Hearnes Center.