VSR: Richardson Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Grant Dovey
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  • January 30, 2012 11:11 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a two-win performance in the No. 20-ranked gymnastics team’s dominating performance against George Washington and Towson, Mountaineer junior Alaska Richardson has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

Richardson’s performance was integral to the Mountaineers’ season-best 195.775 showing, as the Dayton, Ohio, native finished first on floor and vault with matching 9.875 scores; her floor mark was a career high. She won floor outright and tied teammate Hope Sloanhoffer for the vault victory.

Richardson has now scored 9.825 or better on floor in three meets this season.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Spring 2012
Week 1: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 2: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics
Week 3: Christal Caldwell, Women's Basketball
Week 4: Alaska Richardson, Gymnastics

This Week in Women’s Basketball
WVU takes to the road as it will face USF at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. … the Mountaineers will then return home for a 4 p.m. tip on Saturday, Feb. 4, with BIG EAST foe Louisville at the WVU Coliseum … Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on WVPBS.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
The Mountaineers went 1-1 at home last week as they fell to No. 20/18 Georgetown 64-54 on Tuesday and defeated Marquette 53-32 on Saturday … Christal Caldwell led WVU in scoring in both games as she averaged 22.5 points per game with a career-best 25 points against the Hoyas and another 20 points against the Golden Eagles … WVU is now 15-6 overall and 5-3 in the BIG EAST.

Notes & Quotes
WVU held Marquette without a single 3-point field goal as the Golden Eagles were 0-for-10 from 3-point range … Marquette became the first BIG EAST team WVU has held without a single 3-pointer since Syracuse was 0-for-12 in 2004 at the Coliseum … WVU held Marquette to only 10 field goals for the game, the first time in program history the Mountaineers have limited a BIG EAST team to only 10 field goals … Asya Bussie had a career-best seven blocked shots in the game, the most from any player under coach Carey, and are the most blocked shots in a single game from any WVU players since 1986 when Georgeann Wells had eight on three occasions during the season against Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s and Rutgers.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The teams will be idle while preparing for the BIG EAST Championships.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
The women’s team fell to Ohio in the final dual meet of the regular season with a 178.5-119.5 loss on Friday evening ... Rachael Burnett led the women with three first-place finishes in the 100 free (52.26), the 200 free (1:50.31) and the 500 free (4:54.18) ... Mandie Nugent took first in the 100 fly (57.03) and the 200 fly (2:01.20) ... Julie Ogden finished second in the 100 fly (57.74) and 200 fly (2:07.24).

Notes and Quotes
The WVU divers will be in action from Feb. 10-12, in the diving portion of the BIG EAST Championships ... the swimming portion will then take place from Feb. 15-18 ... all action will occur in Trees Pool in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... last year the women’s team finished third at the championships, while the men swam to a fourth-place finish.

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers compete next Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Sykes Sabock Challenge Cup for its third trip of the year to State College, Pa. … the meet is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Last Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers saw six athletes qualify for the BIG EAST Indoor Championship at the Penn State National, one on Friday evening and five from Saturday’s events … sprinter Brittany Wolford distance runners Stephanie Aldea, Sarah Martinelli and Jordan Hamric and high jumper Katelyn Williams earned the BIG EAST qualifying marks … Wolford placed ninth in the 500-meter dash in 1:16.95, a season-best and team-best for the event, to earn her first trip to the BIG EAST … Aldea placed second in the 1,000-meter run in 2:53, safely ahead of the 2:59 league standard … in the mile run, Martinelli and Hamric met the requirement of 5:08 with their respective 4:57.25 and 5:03.34 finishes … although already qualified for BIG EAST, pole vaulter Katlyn Shelar matched her season-best mark of 3.77 meters, good for first place in the event at the PSU National .. the 4x800 relay team and distance medley relay team made their first appearances of the season over the weekend, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in their races … redshirt sophomore Chené Townsend qualified in the 60-meter hurdles Friday evening with an 8.58-second mark.

Notes and Quotes
Fourteen Mountaineers have now qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships that will occur in early March … the list includes Stormy Nesbit (triple jump), Terina Miller and Heather Adams (weight throw), Katlyn Shelar (pole vault), Meghan Mock (long jump), Katelyn Williams and Sydney Cummings (high jump), distance runners Stephanie Aldea (1,000m), Sarah Martinelli and Jordan Hamric (mile), Kate Harrison and Kaitlyn Gillespie (5,000-meter run) and sprinters Brittany Wolford (500m) and Chené Townsend (60m hurdles) … the Mountaineers look to achieve Top-20 finishes for a fifth consecutive year in both indoor and outdoor track ... returning All-Americans from last season include Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Harrison, Sarah-Anne Brault, Mock, Williams and Jessica O’Connell.

This Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers will host rival Pitt on Senior Night at the Coliseum on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Last Week in Wrestling
WVU defeated Eastern Wrestling League foe Lock Haven 28-12 as well as non-conference opponent Rutgers, 21-18.

Notes and Quotes
Despite having to forfeit its bout at 197 pounds, WVU pulled out a victory in the last match of the meet on Sunday and now have a 6-3 overall record … redshirt senior Brandon Williamson (HWT) won the team match for the Mountaineers with a 14-3 major decision … it is the second-consecutive weekend that Williamson has pulled off the feat for WVU … Williamson now sports a 19-6 record, has outscored opponents 74 to 20 in dual meets this season and is on a six match winning streak … redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi (133) was impressive throughout the weekend, as he added two more dominant victories to his team-leading total of 23 … junior Shane Young’s season also is rounding into form at the 125 pound weight class, and he has now compiled a record of 18-4 this season.

This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 20 Mountaineers return to action at No. 22 Michigan on Friday, Feb. 3, for a 6 p.m. meet at the Crisler Center.

Last Week in Gymnastics
Nine career-best scores fueled the Mountaineers (5-1, 3-0 EAGL) to a season-best 195.775 score in wins over George Washington (193.125) and Towson (190.875) on Jan. 29, at the WVU Coliseum … WVU swept the Colonials and the Tigers on all four events, scoring 49.1 on vault, 48.6 on bars, 49.0 on beam and 49.075 on floor … sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer finished first overall with a 39.2 score, while senior Tina Maloney scored 38.675 and placed second … Sloanhoffer and junior Alaska Richardson tied for first on vault with season-best 9.875s … senior Nicole Roach scored 9.825 on bars and 9.85 on beam and won both events … junior Kaylyn Millick tied Roach for the beam win … Roach’s beam score was a career best, while her bars mark was a season high … Millick’s beam score matched her career high … Richardson won floor with a career-high 9.875.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers’ team score was its second 195.0-plus mark of the season and the 27th-best in the program’s 39-year history … the total was the team’s best since scoring 195.925 in a loss to Penn State (196.225) in 2009 … WVU scored a season best on all four events … six gymnasts earned 14 top-three finishes, with Millick, Richardson and classmate Chelsea Goldschrafe accounting for eight … Sloanhoffer also saw the podium three times … in only her second vault appearance of the season, Goldschrafe finished third with a career-best 9.825 … freshman Dayah Haley opened the vault rotation and matched her career best with a fifth place, 9.775 showing … Sloanhoffer finished second on bars with a career-high 9.8, while Millick matched her career high and finished third with a 9.775 … the beam appearance were only the second each for Roach and Millick … Goldschrafe improved upon her 9.55 season average and finished third on beam with a 9.8 mark … Maloney matched her beam career best and finished fifth with a 9.75 … Millick and Goldschrafe tied for second on floor with 9.825s … WVU impoved to 42-1 against GW and 17-10 against Towson … WVU honored the 37-year career of coach Linda Burdette-Good at the end of the meet … WVU is 4-15 all-time against Michigan.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 3-ranked West Virginia rifle team returns to the WVU Rifle Range and plays host to No. 2 Kentucky, the reigning NCAA champion, on Friday, Feb. 3 … the team also welcomes NC State on Feb. 5 … both matches will start at 8 a.m.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers (9-1, 4-0 GARC) suffered their first loss of the season, losing 4701-4669, at No. 1 TCU, on Jan. 28 … the Horned Frogs swept WVU, winning air rifle, 2363-2358, and smallbore, 2338-2311 … junior Petra Zublasing paced the Mountaineers and finished third overall with a score of 1178 … she tied for second in air rifle (594) and finished third in smallbore (584).

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers fell to 3-2 against TCU … freshman Meelis Kiisk finished fourth in air rifle with a personal-best score of 592 … freshman Taylor Ciotola finished second on the team, sixth overall in smallbore with a 577 score … TCU’s Sarah Scherer claimed first overall with a combined score of 1184 … she also won both guns with an air rifle mark of 595 and a smallbore score of 589 … the Wildcats, a Great American Rifle Conference foe, edged WVU in the 2011 regular season, 4696-4680 … WVU defeated UK at the GARC championships, but finished second to the team at the NCAA Championships … the Mountaineers are 14-7 all-time against UK and 12-0 against NCSU.

This Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for a neutral site match against Virginia on Tuesday at 10 a.m., and they will host Pitt on Friday at 3 p.m. at Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU lost to Morehead State, 4-3.

Notes & Quotes
WVU is 0-2 this season … junior Emily Mathis has been the team’s top player thus far … the native of Flower Mound, Texas has a 1-1 record in singles and 2-0 record in doubles … Veronica Cardenas was impressive this weekend, as she won in consecutive sets 6-0, 6-1 against her opponent from Morehead State on Saturday afternoon.