After a narrow loss to NC State at the 2018 EAGL Championship, the New Hampshire Wildcats fought to secure the title this year, while George Washington impressed for second.
As the host team, the New Hampshire Wildcats opened the meet on vault to post a 48.800. A 9.825 and a 9.800 from Danielle Mulligan and Erin Carroll, respectively, lead the Wildcats to sit in second place, behind NC State, after rotation one. With a bye in rotation two, the Cats came back on bars in the third rotation to tally a season-high 49.275 and take the lead.
Rotation four brought New Hampshire to beam. A 9.825 from Hailey Lui and a series of scores in the 9.700 range allowed the Cats to post a 48.725 and hold their lead. Another bye in the fifth rotation lead New Hampshire to close out the sixth rotation on floor. Going into the final rotation it was anyone’s meet, however, a solid 49.150 event total on floor allowed New Hampshire to secure the title. Ava Watkins ultimately sealed the deal for the Cats with a huge 9.900-scoring routine to earn the 2019 EAGL Championship title.
The defending champion NC State Wolfpack, who opened the meet on floor, totaled a 49.025 to take an early lead. Alexa Phillips contributed to this score with a personal-best tying 9.900, while Florida transfer Nicole Webb posted a strong 9.825. The pack continued to lead after the second rotation on vault where they tallied a 48.575, with help from Drew Grantham’s 9.800. During the Packs’ bye in the third rotation, the team fell from their first place position to UNH, who took first place, and George Washington who took second.
Hoping to regain their lead, the Wolfpack took to bars in the fourth rotation. A 9.875 from Lauren Kent and a 9.825 from Caitlyn Fillard led the Pack to tally a 48.950, however, this was not enough to surpass the Wildcats. In a final attempt to take the EAGL Championship, the Wolfpack moved to beam in the fifth rotation and put up a 48.725. This in combination with the Pack’s three other event totals added to a 195.275 which, after the conclusion of the sixth rotation, proved to be only enough to secure third place.
Finishing ahead of NC State was George Washington, as they impressed to tally a 195.825. After a bye in the opening rotation, the Colonials began their meet on floor in the second rotation. Two 9.850s from star Alexandra Zois and Cydney Crasa highlighted their first rotation where they opened with a 49.000. In the third rotation the Colonials moved to vault where both Zois and Crasa posted another pair of 9.850s to allow GWU to sit in third going into the fourth rotation. Another bye brought the team to bars in the fifth rotation where they posted a season-high 49.050 with three 9.825s from Hannah Cohen, Anna Warhol, and Zois. Another season-high of 49.000 on beam allowed the Colonials to close the meet strong, secure second place, and punch their ticket to regionals.
Finishing behind the top three was Pitt who tallied a 194.900 with an especially strong performance from Olivia Miller, who posted a 39.025 for third place. In fifth, was North Carolina with a 193.950, while Towson finished in sixth with a 193.450.Tags: 2019 EAGL Championships, Alexa Phillips, Alexandra Zois, Anna Warhol, Ava Watkins, Caitlyn Fillard, Cydney Crasa, Danielle Mulligan, Drew Grantham, EAGL, EAGL Championships, Erin Carroll, George Washington, George Washington Colonials, Hailey Lui, Hannah Cohen, Lauren Kent, NC State, NC State Wolfpack, NCAA Gymnastics, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Wildcats, Nicole Webb, North Carolina, North Carolina Tar Heels, Olivia Miller, Pitt, Pitt Panthers, Towson, Towson Tigers