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Five Set to Join Gymnastics Team

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • November 16, 2014 02:48 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – West Virginia University gymnastics coach Jason Butts announced today that Kirah Koshinski, Sarah Moore, Jaquie Tun and Tiara Wright have signed National Letters of Intent to compete at WVU next fall. Additionally, Carly Galpin will join the Mountaineers as an invited walk-on.
 
“We believe this class is going to have a very big impact on the WVU gymnastics program,” said Butts. “They’re each so versatile. Each of these gymnasts can compete under pressure, as evidenced by their national championship experience. I believe all five gymnasts could compete in every event next year.
 
“This class was very highly recruited – the teams that competed at the 2014 NCAA National Championships would be thrilled to have any one of these student-athletes walk through their door. We’re very happy they all chose to be Mountaineers.”
 
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Koshinski, a native of Berwick, Pennsylvania, is a five-year level 10 gymnast at Northeast Gymnastics, the same training center as former Mountaineer Amy Bieski. A three-time Junior Olympic National qualifier, she is a 2014 Junior Olympic National Team member and finished third in the all-around (38.225) and on balance beam (9.575), fourth on vault (9.7) and seventh on the floor exercise (9.525) at the 2014 Junior Olympic National Championships. Additionally, Koshinski won vault at the 2013 and 2012 JO National Championships. This past year, she finished second on vault (9.8) and floor (9.75), and third on balance beam (9.475) at the 2014 Region 7 Championships. Koshinski won three titles at the 2014 Pennsylvania State Championships - all-around (38.3), vault (9.925) and floor
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(9.75). Additionally, she owns a career high of 10.0 on vault, scored at the 2013 Region 7 Championships.
 
 
“Kirah’s gymnastics excites our entire coaching staff,” explained Butts. “She’s very explosive. She has been so successful for so long, and we’re very happy she’ll be competing for WVU. Kirah can easily compete on all four events, but her standout routines are on floor and vault. She’s going to make a huge impact on this program.”
 
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Moore, a Dallas native, is a six-year level 10 gymnast at Metroplex Gymnastics. A Junior Olympic National Championships qualifier, she finished 17th in the all-around (37.425) at the 2014 championships. Moore won the uneven bars title (9.6) and finished second on beam (9.625), fourth in the all-around (37.875), sixth on floor (9.35) and 10th on vault (9.3) at the 2014 Region 3 Championships. She also finished 10th in the all-around (36.75) at the 2014 Texas State Championships. A former Junior International Elite, she previously trained with the Japanese National Team and with Elite Champion (2009-11).
 
 
“Sarah is great on each event and has the potential to compete in the all-around, but I would say her best event is bars,” said Butts. “She competes very clean gymnastics. Sarah is very consistent, and
Tun
 
we’re expecting very big things from her. She’s very excited to make the move from Texas to West Virginia – she’s our first Big 12 Conference connection.”
 
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Tun, a Chattanooga, Tennessee, native, is a four-year level 10 gymnast from the Gymnastics Center of Chattanooga. A Junior Olympic National Championships qualifier, she won the uneven bars title (9.6) at the 2013 championships. Recently, she finished eighth on beam at the 2014 Region 8 Championships. In 2013, she finished sixth on floor exercise and 10th on beam at the regional championships. Additionally, she is a three-time all-around state champion, most recently winning the title at the 2014 Tennessee Spring State Meet with a 37.125 score.
 
 
“Jaquie is a really quick gymnast and very explosive,” said Butts. “Her bars routine is above-level for a college routine. She reminds us a lot of (Mountaineer sophomore) Alexa Goldberg – we envision her hitting 9.9s right off the bat. She’s a hard-working gymnast, and that’s going to make it easy for her to transition to college gymnastics.”
 
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Wright, a Wilmington, Delaware, native, is a four-year level 10 gymnast at Parkettes National Gymnastics
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Center. A three-time Junior Olympics National Championships qualifier, Wright won the uneven bars title (9.625) at the 2012 championships; she finished second (9.55) at the 2013 championships. Recently, Wright placed second on bars (9.45), third in the all-around (37.6) and fourth on beam at the 2014 Region 7 Championships. Additionally, she placed third in the all-around (36.625) at the 2014 Pennsylvania State Championships. Of note, Wright previously trained at First State Gymnastics, the same club as current Mountaineer Melissa Idell.
 
 
“Tiara comes from a powerhouse gym,” said Butts. “She’s a very graceful gymnast and has the ability to compete on each event right away. Tiara has so many big skills to choose from, and that’s going to help her at this level.”
 
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Galpin, a Boonsboro, Maryland, native, is a two-year level 10 gymnast at Frederick Gymnastics Club, the same training center as current Mountaineers Audrey Tolbert and Mackenzie Myers. A Junior Olympics National Championships qualifier, she finished fourth on the balance beam (9.325) and 11th in the all-around (36.2) at the 2014 championships. She finished third on bars (9.3) at the 2014 Region 7 Championships. Galpin enjoyed a successful outing at the 2014 Maryland State Championships, finishing second in the all-around (36.85) and on beam (9.45), third on bars and fourth on floor. She won the balance beam title at the 2013 state championships.
 
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“Carly continues to get better with age, which is why we believe she’s going to attain success at WVU,” said Butts. “She will push for lineup spots right away. Since Carly competes for Frederick Gymnastics Club, the same club as Audrey and Mackenzie, we expect her to work hard from the very first day, as those two are self-motivating and hard workers. Carly is very aggressive, and we’re all impressed with her potential.”

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