FROSTBRUG, Md. — The West Virginia Wesleyan Acrobatics and Tumbling team (3-2) collected a close, upset conference victory on the road over Frostburg State last Saturday, March 26, by a final score of 257.410-255.890. The Lady Bobcats knocked off the heavy preseason MEC favorite Frostburg State, who was ranked fifteenth in the NCATA national preseason poll.
The Lady Bobcats A&T team jumped out to an early 35.90-33.50 lead after picking up a win in the compulsory event. Wesleyan continued their string of top flight performances, going on to score over 9.00 points in the acro heat, the pyramid heat and the toss heat.
In the 5-element event, Kayla Gandy, Emily Dengel, and Tiara Stokes posted a score of 8.75 to win the heat. Gandy, Stokes, Joniah Howell, and caller Caitlin Josef accumulated 9.55 points on the 6-element event. The 7-element team, comprised of: Sydney McKinnon, Alejandra Ditchen, Kayla Wade, Megan Miles, and caller RayAnn Nadolski closed the acro event by easily winning their heat by a final score of 9.45-7.80. WVWC collected the overall win in the acro portion of event, by a score of 27.75-24.40.
Wesleyan won the synchronized pyramid heat 9.35-8.95, before falling to Frostburg State in both the inversion and open heats. The Lady Bobcats slight skid continued, as they narrowly dropped the pyramid event 28.40-28.20. At the break, WVWC held a 91.85-86.30 advantage.
The 450-salto toss team, comprised of: Ditchen, Miles, Wade, Stokes, McKinnon and Josef claimed a 9.40-8.95 win to begin the second half of the meet. The WVWC synchronized toss team barely escaped with a victory in the second heat 8.80-8.70, before proceeding to repeat their thrilling victory in the toss event, squeaking out the win by a final score of 27.10-26.95.
In the tumbling event, the quad pass team of Nadolski, Dengel, Howell and Abigail Bowe won their event 7.650-7.500. Gandy performed a strong aerial pass routine that racked up 9.100 total points, despite this Frostburg State took the win in the tumbling event by a final score of 52.250-49.250.
Wesleyan completed the team event with a score of 89.21, while Frostburg State followed up with a team event score of 90.39. Despite losing the team event, WVWC came out on top in terms of combined scoring to secure a huge conference road win.
The West Virginia Wesleyan Acrobatics and Tumbling will be back in action early next month as they are scheduled to host a NCATA Tri-Meet on Monday, April 4 in the Rockefeller Center at 6 pm. The NCATA Tri-Meet will act as the final home meet for the Lady Bobcat seniors, as they celebrate senior day for the acrobatics & tumbling program. Come out and support the WVWC acrobatics and tumbling program and show some love to the outgoing class of seniors!