Melissa Idell


Height: 5-6
Class: Sr.
Hometown: Newark, Del.
HS/Last School: St. Marks High


Coaching staff believes she will leave WVU competing her best gymnastics … motivated to see the Mountaineers succeed in 2016 … continues to compete one of the team’s cleanest floor routines … has a look that is hard to ignore in competition … will debut a new floor routine in final season … also returns as a strong beam worker … coaching staff hopes to use her vault in team lineup … active in team’s community relations efforts … a hidden talent that possesses high-level skills that have helped her excel at college level … energetic and focused leader … hard worker … easy-going personality and great work ethic fits in well with the whole team.
2015 (Jr.)
• Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics First Team
• Earned John Quackenbush Award for Mountaineer Spirit
• Competed in all 12 meets, 11 as a two-event specialist on balance beam and floor exercise, and finished fifth on the team with 223.75 points
• Set career highs on beam and floor and scored 9.8 or better 13 times; did not score below 9.8 on floor after the Jan. 9 season opener at Maryland
• Ranked fifth on the team with six podium finishes, including five wins, four on floor  
• Two-time Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week (2/24, 3/17)
• Tied for the floor win at NC State (1/31) with a 9.875 score
• Tallied 9.85 on floor against No. 18 Denver (2/13) and finished in third place
• Hit a career-high 9.925 on floor and won the event outright at the WVU Coliseum against Maryland, Rutgers and New Hampshire (2/22)
• Tied for the win on floor at Pitt (2/28) with a 9.9
• Earned two event wins with career-best scores against Penn and Cornell (3/14), tallying 9.825 on beam and 9.925 on floor
• Ranked No. 2 on team with 9.84 season average; also posted 9.607 beam season average
2014 (So.)
• Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics First Team
• Earned John Quackenbush Award for Mountaineer Spirit
• Competed in all 11 meets, two as a beam and floor specialist, and finished with 124.6 points
• Paced the team on floor in its season opener at No. 21 Kentucky (1/10) with a 9.8 score, the second-best mark awarded, and finished fifth overall
• Earned a 9.7 score and tied for fifth in her career beam debut against Pitt (2/14)
• Scored a career-high 9.825 on floor in back-to-back road meets, finishing fifth at Maryland (3/16) and eighth at No. 2 Florida (3/7)
• Floor season average of 9.682 ranked No. 3 on team
2013 (Fr.)
• Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team
• Earned Sally Medrick Award for Most Improved Gymnast
• Competed on floor in all but the last two meets and opened the lineup eight times
• Scored 96.9 points
• Opened the floor lineup in Coliseum career debut vs. Oklahoma (2/1) and earned a career-best 9.8
• Matched her career-high of 9.8 on floor against Michigan (2/24) and finished 15th
• Owned floor RQS of 9.78 and season average of 9.69
Club Gymnastics
• Competed for Slava Glazounov at First State Gymnastics
• 2011 level 10 state and regional qualifier
• Finished second on beam and floor, fourth on vault and fifth in the all-around at the 2010 level 9 Eastern Nationals
• Finished fourth on vault, fifth on beam and sixth in the all-around at the 2010 level 9 regional championships
• Won the 2010 level 10 Arnold Gymnastics Challenge all-around title
• Daughter of Mark and Jennifer Idell
• Has one brother
• Birthday is May 4
• Attended St. Marks High
• Majoring in elementary education  
• Dean’s List
• Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
• Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll 


Year Meets AA Total Points
2016 13 0 233.4
2015 12 0 223.75
2014 11 0 124.6
2013 10 0 96.9
Totals 46 0 678.65
Career Highs
Balance Beam 9.9 Unite for Her Pink Invite (Philadelphia) (2/26/16)
Floor Exercise 9.95
vs. Ohio State and Bowling Green (3/6/16)


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