Historic win for WVWC squad

Acrobatics & Tumbling team defeats D&E

ELKINS  The West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Acrobatics & Tumbling team opened their inaugural competition season last Monday at Davis & Elkins College.

Throughout the excitement of the meet being a program first, the team took the mat without looking back. 

Leading off in the compulsory event, the Lady Bobcats made a strong start in several heats. 

Two of the meet’s highest scores were recorded in compulsories when Wesleyan received a 9.7 in compulsory pyramid, directly followed by a 9.6 in compulsory toss.

With a total of 33.10 in the compulsory event, the Lady Bobcats continued to lead in total meet standings through the acro event.

“Five, six and seven element acro heats can be a little nerve-racking,” Wesleyan coach Courtney Pate said. “I think our athletes had a few nerves causing small deductions here and there, but most were minor deductions as each structure and element stayed in the air.

“Cleaning up the details is what we will continue to work on as the season moves forward.”

D&E won the first heat of the pyramid event, scoring a 9.1 on an outstanding inverted pyramid. 

Wesleyan came back to win the pyramid event with a total of 26.20 to the Senators’ 21.40.

Once the Lady Bobcats came back from halftime, they continued the lead in each of the three toss heats scoring an event total of 24.10 to D&E’s 21.10.

“Our toss event provides us with much room to grow. This was a good starting place for us,” Pate said.

In the tumbling event, Wesleyan increased its lead with an event total of 44.100 as they swept each of the six tumbling heats. 

Freshman Nicole Johnson received the highest tumbling score of the night with an 8.40 in the six element tumbling pass.

The momentum continued as the Lady Bobcats prepared for the final event — the team event.

When asked about the performance Pate remarked, “I am proud of our athletes and how they performed during their first ever meet,” she said.

“The team maintained focus throughout each event, the athletes were eager and determined when they stepped foot on the mat each time, and I thought they executed well under the pressure of the officials along with having rows of fans before them.”

In the  the team event, the Lady Bobcats scored an 84.44. 

Wesleyan ended the night with a 238.090 overall score. 

The Lady Bobcats were slated to visit West Liberty on Sunday afternoon. They will make their home debut at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 against Fairmont State.

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