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.