MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University gymnastics coach Jason Butts announced today that Chloe Cluchey and Abby Kaufman have signed National Letters of Intent to compete at WVU next fall.
“I could not be more excited to welcome Chloe and Abby into the Mountaineer Family,” Butts said. “We knew this day would come, and we’re very happy it’s finally here.”
Cluchey and Kaufman, along with previously announced additions Kassidy Cumber and Julia Merwin, complete the Mountaineers’ 2017 class.
“These two gymnast round out what is an incredible class for us,” Butts added. “They all qualified for the 2016 Junior Olympic National Championships, and we’re very excited for them to join us in the fall.
Cluchey, a native of Woodbridge, Virginia, is a six-year, level 10 gymnast and a five-time Junior Olympics National Championships qualifier from Capital Gymnastics.
The 2016 Region 7 Level 10 floor champion, Cluchey also placed second in the all-around and on bars. Also this season, she finished second on bars and third on vault and in the all-around at the Virginia State Championships. Last season, Cluchey’s top performances included a win on floor and a second-place finish on bars at the Region 7 Championships and a second-place showing in the all-around at the Virginia State Championships. She also won the bars title at the 2014 Virginia State Championships. Additionally, she finished fifth on floor and 12th in the all-around at the 2012 Junior Olympic National Championships.
Cluchey owns personal bests of 9.75 on vault and floor and 37.925 in the all-around.
“Chloe is a really powerful gymnast. She has solid landings on floor exercise, and I believe that’s her signature event,” Butts said. “She’s an incredible all-around gymnast, and I expect her to help our depth on vault right away. Chloe’s also strong on bars and beam – I don’t believe she has a weak event.
“Chloe is a consistent performer and exudes confidence. She comes from a very strong gym, and I expect her to push for an all-around spot right away.”
Kaufmann, a native of York, Pennsylvania, is a three-year level 10 gymnast out of Prestige Gymnastics. A two-time Junior Olympic National Championships qualifier, she finished sixth on floor at the 2015 championships.
Most recently, Kaufman finished second on floor (9.6) and third in the all-around (37.875) at the 2016 Region 7 Level 10 Championships. She also placed first on bars, beam and floor and second on vault at the 2016 Pink Invitational. Last season, Kaufman finished second in the all-around, third on the uneven bars and fourth on balance beam and floor exercise at the 2015 Region 7 Championships. In 2014, she claimed the bars and all-around titles at the Level 1 Junior Olympic NIT Championships.
Kaufman owns personal bests of 9.8 on floor, 9.7 on bars and beam and 38.6 in the all-around.
“Abby graduated high school a full year early with a 4.0 grade point average, and I think that speaks to her maturity,” Butts said. “She is a very graceful gymnast with great power, too. I think she’s ready for college gymnastics, and we’re excited to bring her to Morgantown. Abby does not have a weak event and has a lot of skills on all four events. I feel that she will push to compete all-around, and I expect her to contribute to our lineups right away.”