MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Tied going into the fourth rotation, the Blue team earned three wins on floor and edged the Gold team, 9-7, this evening, at the No. 24-ranked West Virginia University gymnastics team’s Gold-Blue intrasquad meet, inside the WVU Coliseum.
This evening’s outcome was decided by three celebrity judges – former Mountaineer gymnast Amy Bieski, WVU men’s basketball assistant to the head coach Billy Hahn and WVUsportsBuzz personality Amanda Mazey.
“I’m really happy with this team tonight,” says second-year coach Jason Butts. “We do have a few things that need cleaned up. I think our endurance on bars could improve, and we have a few landing that are still shaky, but if those are our biggest issues five weeks out of season, then I think we’re in a great position.”
With the two squads knotted at 6-6 following three events, sophomore Dayah Haley
gave the Blue team the early edge on floor, as she debuted a new routine and earned the point over classmate Lia Salzano
. Freshman Jaida Lawrence
evened the score at 7-7, defeating Melissa Idell
in a battle of the rookies. The tie didn’t last long, as senior Kaylyn Millick
, aided by strong landings, defeated classmate Chelsea Goldschrafe
and gave Blue the lead for good. Though junior Hope Sloanhoffer
hit her new floor routine, Hahn sealed the victory for Blue in the final floor battle, as he split the judges’ tie and awarded the last point to senior Alaska Richardson
“I thought our seniors really showed their leadership qualities throughout the meet, but especially on floor,” says Butts. “I also liked how the meet came down to the last pairings. I really liked the format of this meet, and I thought our celebrity judges were fantastic – they definitely kept the crowd entertained. I look forward to putting together another Gold-Blue meet like this in the future.”
The Gold team jumped out to the early lead, taking vault 3-1. Goldschrafe, Sloanhoffer and Salzano all hit for the squad.
Blue battled back in the second rotation. After Salzano extended Gold’s lead, 4-1, Millick and juniors Bethany Yurko
and Erica Smith
swept the backend of the bars battles and evened the score at 4-4.
The two squads exchanged points in the third rotation, with junior Amanda Carpenter
and Goldschrafe scoring for Gold on beam, and Millick and sophomore Beth Deal
taking the points for Blue.
The Mountaineers will officially open their 2013 season at Pitt on Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m., inside Fitzgerald Field House.