Gymnastics: WVU Finishes Fourth at Masters Classic

  • February 28, 2010 06:15 PM
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by Shannon McNamara for MSNsportsNET.com
February 28, 2010
  • Masters Classic Results

      Tina Maloney

    LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 25-ranked West Virginia University gymnastics team scored 192.975 points and finished fourth this afternoon at the University of Nebraska’s 20th Masters Classic at the Devaney Center.

    The host Cornhuskers, the No. 11-ranked team in the nation, finished first today with a score of 196.425. No. 20 Arizona finished second with 194.75 points, while No. 18 Denver finished third with a 194.175 score.

    Though solid across the gym, the Mountaineers (11-7, 6-0 EAGL) finished fourth on every event but beam, where they scored 48.05 and finished third. WVU also scored 48.225 on vault, 48.15 on bars and 48.55 on floor.

    “We faced a lot of adversity this week and today, but this team proved once again that it can pull together and face any obstacle,” says 36-year coach Linda Burdette-Good. “Though we aren’t completely satisfied with our team score, we saw a lot of positives and can build off of this experience.”

    Sophomore Tina Maloney, a three-event specialist, put together a strong performance today. The Hanover, Ind., native had the highest place for the Mountaineers, as she finished fourth on floor with a 9.825 score. Maloney also scored 9.75 on vault and 9.65 on beam.

    Junior Amy Bieski finished eighth overall with a 38.3 score.

    The Mountaineers opened the day with a 48.15 bars showing and sat in third place at the end of the first rotation. The Cornhuskers paced the pack with a 49.175 vault score, while UofA scored 48.6 on floor and trailed in second place. DU tallied 47.9 on beam and closed out the first rotation in fourth place.

    Sophomore Nicole Roach paced the squad on bars with a 9.725 showing. Junior Naja Johnson, competing for the first time since a Jan. 24 injury, anchored the lineup with a 9.675 score, while classmate Alysha Pretzello finished third on the team and scored 9.625.

    WVU fell to fourth place in the second rotation, as a 48.05 beam showing brought its team total to 96.2. DU scored 48.675 and jumped the Mountaineers with a 96.575 point total. NU remained in first place, scoring 48.975 on bars and pushing its combined score to 98.15, while UofA tallied 48.925 on vault and continued to trail the Cornhuskers with a 97.525 score.

    Senior Chelsi Tabor continued to shine on beam. The Beckley, W.Va., native paced the Mountaineers in the No. 2 spot with a 9.7 mark. Bieski, Maloney and freshman Chelsea Goldschrafe tied for second on the team with matching 9.65 scores.

    Despite scoring 48.55 on floor, the Mountaineers continued to trail the field through three rotations with a 144.75 team mark. NU scored 49.0 on beam and remained in first place with a 147.15 score, while the Wildcats kept the competition close at the top, scoring 48.875 on bars for a 146.4 combined total. The Pioneers earned 48.775 on vault and remained in third place with 145.35 points.

    Maloney’s momentum from beam propelled her to her fourth-place 9.825 floor score. Bieski preceded Maloney with a 9.775 showing, good enough for ninth place, while Goldschrafe earned a 9.7 score competing infront of the all-arounder. Also scoring well for the Mountaineers were Tabor and junior Stephanie Keaton with 9.625s; this afternoon’s performance was the first of the season for Tabor.

    WVU closed the meet on vault and scored 48.225. NU tallied 49.275 on floor, UofA earned 48.35 on beam and DU scored 48.825 on bars.

    Bieski tallied her second-straight 9.8-plus vault and finished seventh overall with a 9.8 score. Maloney and junior Emily Kerwin tied for second place on the team with 9.75s; the mark is a season-best for Kerwin. Senior Ashley Wilson opened the rotation with 9.675 points.

    With today’s losses, WVU drops to 1-9 against the Cornhuskers and moves to 2-2 against the Wildcats and 3-2 against the Pioneers.

    The Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum next Saturday, March 6, for a 1 p.m. meet with Bowling Green. Saturday’s contest, WVU’s Alumni Meet, is a Dollar Day, with all tickets and select concessions priced at $1 each.

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