MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University gymnastics coach Jason Butts announced today that Erica Fontaine will compete at WVU next fall.
A native of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Fontaine was a three year, level 10 gymnast and three-time Junior Olympics National Championship qualifier at Hill’s Gymnastics.
“Erica has a lot of potential on all four events, but we’re especially excited to see her compete balance beam for the Mountaineers,” Butts said. “She comes from a great family, and I think her personality is really going to add a lot to this team in the fall.”
The 2016 Region 7 Level 10 balance beam and all-around champion, Fontaine also finished third on vault and floor and sixth on bars at the championships. She also reached the podium at the 2016 Maryland Level 10 State Championships, finishing second on beam and third on bars and in the all-around.
Fontaine finished in second place on floor at the 2015 Region 7 Level 10 Championships; she also placed fourth on beam and in the all-around. She preceded that championship with a first-placing showing on floor and in the all-around at the 2015 Maryland Level 10 State Championships, where she also finished second on bars, third on vault and sixth on beam.
A two-time Maryland State Team member, she finished first on beam, second in the all-around and fifth on vault and bars at the 2014 Maryland Level 10 State Championships.
Fontaine shows career-high scores of 38.025 in the all-around, 9.725 on floor and 9.7 on beam.
The daughter of Lauri and Donald Fontaine, she was an honor roll student at Gaithersburg High.
“Erica is such a fun gymnast and a fantastic balance beam worker,” WVU associate head coach Travis Doak added. “She is a great, consistent competitor– we continuously see her hit her routines. Most importantly, she’s just fun to watch. I think our fans are really going to like to watch her compete.”
Fontaine completes the Mountaineers’ 2017 freshman class, which included previously announced additions Chloe Cluchey, Kassidy Cumber, Abby Kaufman and Julia Merwin.
“This class could represent every spot in our lineups – they can do everything, top to bottom. They’re really great competitors,” Doak said.
“We truly believe our 2017 freshmen class is going to compete a lot next season,” added Butts. “They are the first class in WVU gymnastics history to all qualify for the Junior Olympics National Championships, and they’re going to help push this team to new levels next season.”