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2019 SEASON PREVIEW W&M TRIBE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS

Having placed first or second at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship four of the last five seasons, the William & Mary women’s gymnastics team is poised to continue building upon that recent success when it embarks upon the 2019 campaign.

Led by Head Coach Mary Lewis, who enters her 25th and final season leading the Tribe, this year's squad returns four gymnasts who garnered all-conference honors last spring. Highlighting those standouts are sophomores Katie Waldman and Taylor White, who both competed as all-arounders at the 2018 NCAA Raleigh Regional. Additionally, Waldman’s tremendous freshman season included the ECAC all-around title.

In addition to the returning all-conference honorees, leading this year’s squad will be an experienced roster that features 11 upperclassmen. Included in that group are: Aaliyah Kerr, a former ECAC champion on floor; Madison Dwyer, a 2018 ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year; and Caroline Caponi, an All-ECAC standout in all-around.

Adding significance to the 2019 campaign will be that it marks the final season of Lewis’ remarkable career as the Tribe’s head coach, as she announced her retirement, effective in June, during the preseason.

The longest-tenured women’s gymnastics coach in school history, Lewis’ 25-year career at W&M has been distinguished with competitive success in the gym and academic excellence in the classroom. A two-time ECAC Coach of the Year (2003-2006), Lewis' six conference championships include three consecutive titles from 2001-03 and back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. W&M also claimed a league crown in 1999. In addition to the championships, Lewis guided W&M to five runner-up finishes at the conference championship meet (1998, 2006, 2010, 2016, 2018).

The success of Lewis' teams in the gym has been matched with consistent excellence in the classroom. Evidence of this commitment to academic excellence is found in the program's nine NCAA Public Recognition Awards, which honors teams that rank among the top 10 percent of their sport nationally in the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Volunteer service has also been a hallmark of Lewis' program throughout her tenure in Williamsburg, as Tribe gymnasts have significantly impacted the local community in many positive ways. Recent annual projects include hosting a Suicide Prevention and Awareness event and volunteering with the JDRF Walk, Mayflower Marathon Food Drive and Patriot Sprint Triathlon.

The Tribe’s 2019 schedule feature nine regular-season competitions and is highlighted by three home meets at Kaplan Arena. The season will officially get underway at Towson on Jan. 18, while its home opener is slated for the following weekend against the Tigers as part of a double dual with the W&M men’s gymnastics team.

An overview of the Tribe’s 2019 squad is available below, arranged by class and alphabetically.

madison dwyer

Senior | VT, BB

  • Honored as a 2018 ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Fixture in W&M’s vault and beam lineups
  • Become more confident with improved presentation and demeanor on beam
  • Working on getting upgraded vault back
  • Three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American
  • SAAC Vice President

SOPHIE HARRIS

Senior | VT, FX

  • Will miss the 2019 season due to injury
  • Will handle managerial and meet logistical duties
  • Fixture in the floor lineup last season
  • Three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American

AALIYAH KERR

Senior | BB, FX

  • Former ECAC Champion on floor (2016)
  • Two-time All-ECAC standout on floor (2016, 2017)
  • Also competes on beam
  • Has continued to build confidence in floor routine

REGAN SINDELAR

Senior | UB

  • Working her way back from injury and is training on bars
  • Hoping to earn a spot in the bars lineup by midseason
  • Three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American

KATIE WEBBER

Senior | VT, UB

  • Confident, consistent vaulter who may secure the leadoff spot
  • Will also vie for a spot in the bars lineup
  • Best performance on vault (9.800) came in last season’s win against West Chester
  • Three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American

ANNA WEISKOPF

Senior | UB

  • Will miss the 2019 season due to injury
  • Will handle managerial and meet logistical duties
  • NACGC/W Scholastic All-American

caroline caponi

Junior | AA

  • 2018 NCAA Raleigh Regional alternate in all-around
  • All-ECAC on bars (2018)
  • Ranks tied for 10th in school history on bars (9.850)
  • Enters season with high expectations in all four events
  • Performed especially well on beam and floor during the preseason

erika marr

Junior | VT, UB, BB

  • Fixture in the vault and bars lineup last year and will be a key part of both lineups this season
  • Also competed on beam during the final four meets last season
  • Helped W&M total a school record on bars last season with a career-high 9.825 in the win against West Chester
  • Two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American

EVAN PAKSHONG

Junior | UB, BB, FX

  • Earned All-ECAC honors on beam last season after placing second at the championship meet
  • Ranks tied for third in school history on beam (9.875)
  • Steady presence on beam and could anchor the lineup
  • Improved tumbling on floor and expected to be part of the lineup
  • Two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American

ELIZABETH SNODDY

Junior | BB, FX

  • Fixture in the floor lineup last season and may lead off this season
  • Upgraded to E-Level tumbling pass on floor and has continued to improve presentation
  • Best performance last season (9.800) came in the Senior Night win against Penn
  • Also training on beam

TAYLOR WHITE

Junior | AA

  • Individual qualifier in all-around at the 2018 NCAA Raleigh Regional
  • Earned All-ECAC honors in all-around and floor last season
  • Dynamic vaulter who is training an upgraded vault
  • May lead off on bars because of her consistency
  • Improved confidence in all four events

MARY GRACEYN GORDON

Sophomore | AA

  • Will miss the 2019 season due to injury
  • Will handle managerial and meet logistical duties
  • Competed primarily on vault and beam last season

HAILEY HAYCOX

Sophomore | UB, BB

  • Recovering from injury but hoping to make a return later in the season
  • Trains on bars and beam
  • Did not compete during her freshman season last year

KATIE WALDMAN

Sophomore | AA

  • Placed 14th in all-around at the 2018 NCAA Raleigh Regional
  • Won the 2018 ECAC all-around title with a 39.200, which ranks third in W&M’s record book and is the best score ever by a Tribe gymnast at the conference championship meet
  • Also tied for first on bars (9.800), tied for second on vault (9.800) and tied for third on beam (9.825) at the ECAC Championship to garner all-league distinction in three of the four events
  • Three-time ECAC Rookie of the Week
  • Ranks second in school history in all-around (39.300) and tied for third on bars (9.875)

LAUREN WINKLER

Sophomore | VT, BB

  • Training beam and vault and will vie for a spot in both lineups
  • Changed her series on beam and is more confident this season
  • Did not compete as a freshman last season due to injury

CHLOE CAMPBELL

Freshman | AA

  • Begins the season sidelined by injury
  • Trains all-around
  • Powerful vaulter
  • Competed for Bull City Gymnastics and was a four-time regional qualifier; two-time regional champion

CAILEIGH GULOTTA

Freshman | UB, BB

  • Training on bars and beam
  • Bars is her best event, but she will add depth to both lineups
  • Competed for Infiniti Elite Gymnastics and was a three-time Eastern Nationals Qualifier
  • New York state champion on bars

SAMANTHA SAKTI

Freshman | VT, BB, FX

  • Expected to compete as a member of the vault, beam and floor lineups
  • May anchor the beam lineup where she has a high difficulty routine
  • Possesses an E tumbling pass on floor
  • Very powerful vaulter and could anchor lineup
  • Competed for All Olympia Gymnastics Center and was a three-time J.O. National Qualifier
  • Won the beam and floor titles at the Level 8-10 Regional Championship in 2018

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