Two Join WVU for 2016-17

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • November 12, 2015 02:33 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University gymnastics coach Jason Butts announced today that Kassidy Cumber has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete at WVU next fall. Additionally, Julia Merwin will join the Mountaineers as an invited walk-on.
“I am really excited to make the addition of these two gymnasts official,” said Butts. “They are great fits for the Mountaineer gymnastics family. Kassidy and Julia have fantastic personalities, and they are natural additions to the gym and to the team. I know this class will continue to evolve throughout the year, but I’m very happy to welcome Kassidy and Julia today.”
Cumber, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a four-year level 10 gymnast out of Gymstrada Gymnastics School. A 2015 Junior Olympic National Invitational qualifier at the Senior A level, Cumber placed second overall with a career-high 37.6 score. She also placed second on floor and third on balance beam. Cumber also qualified for the 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup and the 2013 Junior Olympics National Championships. Most recently, she finished third on the uneven bars at the 2015 Region 7 Girls Level 10 Championship with a 9.525 score.
An 11-time Virginia state champion, Cumber’s title haul includes the 2014 level 10 uneven bars and all-around wins, as well as the 2013 vault, bars, floor and all-around titles. She also tied for third on bars and floor at the 2014 Region 7 Girls Level 10 Championship.
“Kassidy is an all-around force; she possesses skills at every event that demand attention,” said Butts. “She’s very consistent in competition, and I love how hard she works. The coaching staff has had an eye on Kassidy for a few years, and we’re excited to officially welcome her into the family. I know she’s going to make an immediate impact on this team’s success.”
A native of Frederick, Maryland, Merwin is a four-year level 10 gymnast from Frederick Gymnastics Club. A five-time regional qualifier, Merwin won the floor title and finished second in the all-around at the 2013 Maryland Level 10 State Championships. Additionally, she was a member of the champion Region 7 Eastern National Team.
Most recently, Merwin competed at the 2014 Region 7 Girls Level 10 Championship. She also placed second on vault at the 2014 Nashville Nights competition.
“Julia has known for a long time that she’s wanted to be a Mountaineer, and we’re glad we can bring her into the WVU family,” said Butts. “She has strengths on every event. Julia competes a great vault, and she also has a unique release on bars. I really believe Julia’s drive and determination will help her achieve a very successful career as a Mountaineer.”  


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