No. 25 West Virginia cruises at home
Roach takes home win in first beam appearance of the season
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- No. 25 West Virginia scored a season best on each event and tallied three team totals of 49.00 or more. The Mountaineers swept George Washington (5-3, 0-2 EAGL) and Towson (6-2, 1-0 ECAC) on all four events, scoring 49.10 on vault, 48.60 on bars, 49.00 on beam and 49.075 on floor.
The Mountaineers dominated the podium, with six gymnasts earning 14 top-three finishes. Kaylyn Millick, Alaska Richardson and Chelsea Goldschrafe reached the podium a combined eight times, including three appearances each for Millick and Goldschrafe. Hope Sloanhoffer also saw the podium three times. Nicole Roach, competing in just two events, finished first on bars and beam.
Sloanhoffer tallied a career-best 39.20 and finished first overall. Tina Maloney scored 38.675 and finished second, while GW’s Stephanie Stoicovy placed third with a 38.55 showing.
WVU used meet-opening momentum to capture an advantage in the first rotation that it would never relinquish, as the squad tallied a season-best 49.10 on vault to power it to first place. GW earned 47.875 on bars, while Towson registered 47.125 on beam.
For the second consecutive home meet, Sloanhoffer and Richardson anchored the lineup with winning season-best scores of 9.875.
In just her second vault appearance of the season, Goldschrafe matched her career-best, 9.825 (third place). Dayah Haley opened the rotation with a career-best 9.775 score and finished fifth overall.
The Mountaineers hit six for six on bars and matched their season-best score of 48.60 to push their running tally to 97.7. GW earned 48.45 on beam and remained in second place with 96.325 points, while Towson scored 47.425 on floor for a 94.55 total.
Roach, ranked No. 24 in the Southeast Region, earned a season-best 9.825 score and finished first outright. Sloanhoffer improved on bars earning a career-best 9.80, good enough for second place. Millick matched her career-high mark of 9.775 and finished third.
WVU continued its strong pace in the third rotation, scoring a season-high 49.00 on beam for a 146.7 team total. GW earned 48.2 on floor for a second-place 144.525 total, while Towson scored 48.4 on vault and sat in third with a 142.95 score.
Roach and Millick, each competing in the beam lineup for just the second time this season, scored 9.85 and tied for first place; the mark is a career-best for both.
Goldschrafe, averaging 9.55 on beam entering today’s meet, scored a season-best 9.80 and finished third overall, while Maloney matched her career-best score of 9.75 and tied for fifth place.
The Mountaineers closed the meet with a 49.075 showing on floor. The Colonials finished the day on vault and scored 48.60, while Towson registered 47.925 on bars.
WVU’s floor lineup, ranked No. 9 nationally, tallied three scores of 9.8 or better, with Richardson setting the pace and finishing first overall with a career-best 9.875 mark. Millick and Goldschrafe each earned a season-best score and tied for second place with 9.825s, while Sloanhoffer and Makenzie Bristol scored 9.775 and finished in a fourth-place tie.