Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers had a successful indoor season with three seniors each earning a spot on the podium at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in their respective event ... senior Sarah Martinelli
recorded her personal-best time in the mile (4:47.11) during the indoor season and will look for an NCAA bid in the oudoor season ... senior Katlyn Shelar
took multiple attempts at the indoor school record this winter and holds the program outdoor record in the event ... WVU will welcome back senior Chene Townsend this outdoor season ... Townsend sat out during the indoor season.
Coach Sean Cleary: “I expect our outdoor season to be at a much higher level. As a team, outdoor takes precedence. Our coaches have positioned the group to be at a very high level in May.”
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers will host the first-ever Big 12 Conference sponsored event on WVU’s campus this Saturday, March 22, with the Big 12 Gymnastics Championship scheduled for 4 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum … tickets are available for purchase now at WVUGAME.com, by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME, or by visiting the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the Coliseum … No. 3 Oklahoma, the two-time defending Big 12 champion, and Iowa State will compete for the title.
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU tallied its season-best road score for the second straight week in a losing effort at Maryland on March 16 … the Mountaineers fell 195.525-194.975, in their return trip to College Park, Md. … senior Hope Sloanhoffer
matched her career high in a winning, 39.5 performance … she also finished first on vault (9.875), bars (9.875) and floor (9.9), and second on beam (9.85) … her floor score matched her career high, while her vault and bars marks were season highs … junior Beth Deal
tied Sloanhoffer for second on beam … Sunday was a back-and-forth meet, with WVU owning two separate leads … the Mountaineers tallied a season-high 49.05 on bars.
Notes & Quotes
Sloanhoffer’s all-around score ranks No. 13 in the Mountaineer record book and matches the score she used to secure the 2012 EAGL all-around title … sophomore Lindsey Litten
scored a career-best 9.825 on bars and finished fifth … freshman Nicolette Swoboda
matched her career-best bars score of 9.75 … Sloanhoffer has hit her vault season high of 9.875 five times this year … Swoboda tied for second on vault with a 9.85 score, her best mark since Feb. 2. … junior Dayah Haley
hit for a career-high 9.825 on vault and finished fourth … freshman Mackenzie Myers
finished tied for third on floor with a 9.875 score, her best career road mark … sophomore Melissa Idell
hit for a career-high 9.825 on floor for the second straight week and finished fifth overall … WVU continues to lead the all-time series with UMD, 36-17-1 … the Mountaineers have dropped meets to both OU and ISU this season … WVU lost to the Sooners, 197.2-193.525, at the Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City on Feb. 21 … WVU lost at ISU, 196.025-194.175, on Feb. 7 … the Mountaineers finished third at the 2013 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship with a score of 194.675.
This Week in Rifle
The 2014 National Champion West Virginia University rifle team invites fans to attend a celebration of their success, Monday, March 17, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., in the Jerry West Lounge at the WVU Coliseum ... the Mountaineers (10-0, 7-0 GARC) and coach Jon Hammond will be available to greet fans and take pictures, and fans can also take pictures with the NCAA Championships trophy.
Last Week in Rifle
WVU shot at the NCAA Championships, March 14 and 15, in Murray, Ky. ... the team shot an aggregate 4705 for a championships record, and claimed its second straight and nation-best 16th NCAA title.
Notes & Quotes
The Championships win is the team’s third in eight years under coach Hammond; the squad also won in 2009 … the Mountaineers won air rifle (2367) on Friday and smallbore (2338) on Saturday … in smallbore, juniors Ziva Dvorsak
(588), Thomas Kyanko
(584) and Meelis Kiisk
(581), and sophomore Garrett Spurgeon
(585) combined for the team score ... additionally, junior Maren Prediger
shot 571 … it was the Mountaineers’ second-highest smallbore shot of the season … Spurgeon, Kyanko and Dvorsak advanced to the individual final, with Spurgeon placing second overall (451.6), Kyanko finishing sixth (412.6) and Dvorsak seventh (401.0) … four Mountaineers were named to the College Rifle Coaches’ Association (CRCA) All-America Teams sponsored by Lapua … Spurgeon was named to the CRCA All-America First Team … Spurgeon, Prediger and Dvorsak were named to the NRA Air Rifle and Smallbore First Teams.
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team travels to Texas to take on the Baylor Bears on March 21 and the Texas Longhorns on March 23.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers challenged No. 52 Kansas State on March 14, falling by a final of 4-3 … WVU was downed by No. 35 Kansas on March 16, 7-0, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.
Notes & Quotes
The duo of sophomore Hailey Barrett
and junior Ikttesh Chahal
notched an 8-1 victory against Kansas State … sophomores Irinka Toidze
and Vivian Tsui
clinched the doubles point with a win over the Wildcats, 8-1 … freshman Oana Manole
’s 7-6 (4), 6-1, victory against K-State tied her for the team lead with seven victories this spring … Toidze recorded her third victory of the spring.
Coach Miha Lisac: “We had a couple of players that handled the match very well. Oana (Manole) played very well today, handling the first set and running away in the second. Irinka (Toidze) had a very good showing as well today. She did exactly what she had to do in order to be successful. Overall, I think it was a good battle, and it was good to see us put ourselves in position to be successful.”
This Week in Rowing
The West Virginia rowing team is idle this week in preparation for a March 29 scrimmage against George Mason.
Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers opened their spring season with 18 races on Melton Hill Lake at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite from March 15-16.
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers opened the regatta on Saturday, March 15, in the varsity 8 with a time of 7:03.14 … the Mountaineers second varsity boat finished in 7:15.99 … in the varsity 4’s, WVU’s boat crossed the line in 8:00.48 … the second varsity boat followed in 8:06.23 and the third varsity crew turned in an 8:15.33 … in the novice 8’s, the Mountaineers took fourth with a 7:30.84 … WVU competed against Minnesota and Dayton in Saturday’s afternoon session … in the varsity 8, the top-boat for the Mountaineers finished in 7:19.09 … the 2nd varsity crew for WVU took second with a 7:25.54 … the Mountaineers finished in second in the varsity 4’s, completing the 2000-meter course in 8:46.45 … the 2nd varsity crew turned in WVU’s top-time of the session with an 8:31.79, while the 3rd varsity crew turned in an 8:46.21 … in Saturday’s night edition, the novice 8 boat for the Mountaineers took third, recording a 7:39.62 … WVU opened Sunday morning against Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kansas … in the varsity 8 heat, the Mountaineers crossed in 7:14.17 … WVU’s 2nd varsity boat crossed closely followed the Mountaineers’ top-boat, finishing in 7:17.65 … in the novice 8 heat, WVU tallied a 7:48.16, finishing behind Kansas and Tennessee … the Mountaineers’ varsity 4 boat turned in a 7:57.79 … WVU’s 2nd varsity boat took third with an 8:19.83 … the 3rd varsity boat came in at 8:28.56.
Coach Jimmy King: “Our team’s effort was consistent, as it should be, throughout the weekend, however, much of that effort was misplaced. We’ll work to direct those efforts into effectively moving our boats over the next two weeks then reassess at our next competition.”