Bethany Yurko

  • By Bethany Yurko
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  • October 04, 2011 03:01 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Throughout the 2012 preseason, the West Virginia University gymnastics team will periodically check in with Mountaineer fans, providing updates on the progress made in Cary Gym and the weight room. The team also will share stories from its multiple team-bonding trips and activities.

This year’s sixth tale comes from sophomore Bethany Yurko. A quick learner with a passion for the sport, the WVU coaches are constantly excited about the Cumberland, Md., native and her potential. One of the hardest workers in Cary Gym, she won the 2011 Sally Medrick Award as the Mountaineers’ most improved gymnast.

Strong on the beam and bars, Yurko looks to push for a lineup spot in both events this season.

An EAGL all-Academic Team member and a Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll honoree, Yurko is working toward a degree in design studies.

I never thought a year could go by so fast until I finished my freshman season! It feels just like yesterday I was coming to WVU as a freshman. What a difference so far, with just one year under my belt.

I wasn't worried this year about finding my classes, if I would like my roommate or what practices and conditioning sessions were going to be like. There wasn't nearly as much stress and worry coming into my sophomore year as there was last year starting my freshmen year. It has been a great start to my sophomore year so far!

Practices have been going great! There are a lot of awesome things going on in Cary Gym, and every one of the girls is working so hard. Encouragement and support between my teammates and the coaches are always found at every practice in the gym. The coaches are awesome and keep the atmosphere in the gym positive. They make sure to mix in a little fun with the team’s hard work during the week.

For example, we had an interesting beam assignment last week. Instead of learning and working on new skills and routines, we went all the way back to the basics with handstands, cartwheels and forward rolls. Funny how all of us girls can do back-handspring layouts, but when it comes to a simple forward roll or cartwheel, we all find ourselves on the floor and on our butts. Even with regular assignments, there is always something that puts a smile on everyone’s face.

The atmosphere and the bond that surrounds the team appears to be stronger this year than last year. Things are already looking positive. I am really looking forward to a great and awesome season with the team!

Let's Go Mountaineers!!!!