“All three gymnasts add competitive experience to our team,” said Butts. “Each will compete this year – they’re all very talented. These three immediately meshed with our team and are buying into what this program wants to accomplish. We knew we would have to make a lot of changes this season after last year, and the addition of these three gymnasts add to our excitement for 2015.”
Harris, a fifth-year senior, joins WVU following four years at Pitt. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, she enjoyed her most successful collegiate season in 2014, as she individually qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships in the all-around. She placed fifth in the all-around at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship, earning First Team All-Tournament honors. Harris also placed ninth on the uneven bars with a 9.825 mark, the third-best score of the championship.
“Brittney brings a lot of maturity to this team,” Butts said. “She competed for three seasons at Pitt and also for a well-respected club team. She is a calm, cool competitor. Talented on all four events, she competes beautiful gymnastics, and we look for her to immediately contribute.”
A 2014 All-EAGL First Team All-Around honoree and EAGL Team MVP, she owns career highs of 9.9 on floor and bars, 9.875 on vault, 9.75 on balance beam and 39.075 in the all-around.
A six-year level 10 gymnast out of Parkettes National Training Center, Harris was a three-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier (2006, 2008, 2009). She earned a bachelor’s degree in media and professional communication at Pitt. She will pursue a master’s degree in athletic coaching education at WVU.
Tolbert, a native of Frederick, Maryland, joins WVU after two seasons at Ohio State. She saw time in four meets in 2014 and scored season highs of 9.8 on vault and 9.75 on floor. As a freshman in 2013, Tolbert competed in 11 meets and earned a career-best 9.775 on floor at the Big Ten Championships.
“Audrey was a part of a very successful Ohio State team and brings a unique perspective with her to WVU,” said Butts. “A very powerful gymnast, we expect her to contribute on all four events and to fight for lineup spots immediately.”
A four-time Junior Olympic qualifier at Frederick Gymnastics, Tolbert also was a member of the Region 7 All-Star Team and Maryland State Team. She finished seventh on bars and ninth on beam at the 2011 Junior Olympic National Championships. Tolbert won five Maryland state titles from 2009-12, including the 2012 vault and bars titles. Additionally, she was the 2012 regional all-around and beam champion.
A 2013 OSU Scholar-Athlete, Tolbert, a junior, is enrolled in sociology.
A native of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, Gillette, a freshman, joins WVU following six seasons as a level 10 gymnast at X-Cel Gymnastics. A four-time Junior Olympics national qualifier, she owns personal bests of 9.625 on beam and 9.7 on floor, a score she earned in a second-place finish at the 2014 Region 7 Championships. She was the 2014 state beam champion and also finished second on floor. She scored five top-10 finishes at the 2012 Pennsylvania State Championships, including a second place all-around finish and a third-place finish on vault.
“Jordan is really explosive on floor and also is an aggressive beam athlete,” Butts said. “She should contribute on those events right away. Jordan has a big personality and likes to have fun, but she also is a very hard worker. She is really buying into the Mountaineer spirit, and we’re excited to welcome her on the team.”
An honor roll member at Highland High, Gillette will major in exercise physiology at WVU.