WVWC A&T team sets new record in 2021-22 home opener against Battlers

Senior top/base Joniah Howell. PHOTO COURTESY OF WVWC ATHLETICS

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan acrobatics & tumbling team (2-1) set a new program record with its score during its 2021-22 home opener, defeating the Alderson Broaddus Battlers (0-5) by a final score of 260.015-146.675 back on Sunday, March 6 inside the Rockefeller Center.

 The Bobcats began the meet by cruising to a 37.05-28.80 win in the Compulsory event to start the home meet off on a positive note. The Pyramid Heat team followed the win in the evening’s first event up by scoring a 9.80 out of 10 possible points, before the Toss Heat team inked an impressive score of 9.85 to complete the sweep of the first three events of the evening in favor of the Bobcats.

 The Bobcats kept performing at an incredibly high level going into the Acro heat, as the 5 Element team, consisting of: freshman tumbler Kayla Gandy, senior base/tumbler Emily Dengel and fifth-year senior base Tiara Stokes posted an outstanding combined score of 9.75. 

The 6 Element team consisting of: Stokes, senior top/base Joniah Howell, Gandy and Caitlin Josef hit the mat next, recording a score of 9.0, as Bobcats claimed victory in the Acro event, by a final tally of 28.15-24.90. WVWC’s three pyramid event teams all recorded scores over the nine-point mark, as the Bobcats extended their lead to 94.10-80.50 heading into the intermission.

Following the intermission, the Bobcats’ 450 Salto team consisting of: Alejandra Ditchen, junior base/tumbler Megan Miles, fifth-year senior base/tumbler Kayla Wade, Stokes, junior top Sydney McKinnon, and Josef recorded a new season-high score of 9.70 out of 9.90, as Wesleyan easily won the meet’s Toss event by a score of 27.90-23.20.

 In the Tumbling event, Gandy scored 9.375 in the Aerial Pass. Ditchen improved her open pass routine for a score of 8.80. The Bobcats won the Tumbling event 48.275-42.975. The Bobcats concluded the meet with a strong outing in the Team Event portion of the meet. The Bobcats performance netted them a score of 89.74, bringing their overall score to 260.015, setting a new program record in the process. The Bobcats performed much better in their home opener, improving their overall score by over fifteen points from their last meet. 

 The West Virginia Wesleyan acrobatics & tumbling team will make their return to the mat on Thursday, March 17 when they will welcome Fairmont State to the Rockefeller Center, the event is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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