ELKINS -- West Virginia Wesleyan College's Acrobatics & Tumbling team opened their inaugural competition season on February 5th against Davis and Elkins College.
Throughout the excitement of the meet being a program first, the team took the mat without looking back. Leading off in the compulsory event, West Virginia Wesleyan made a strong start in several heats. Two of the meet's highest scores were recorded in compulsories when West Virginia Wesleyan received a 9.7 in compulsory pyramid directly followed by a 9.6 in compulsory toss.
With a total of 33.10 in the compulsory event, the Bobcats continued to lead in total meet standings through the acro event.
"5, 6, and 7 element acro heats can be a little nerve-racking. I think our athletes had a few nerves causing small deductions here and there, but most were minor deductions as each structure and element stayed in the air." added first-year head coach Courtney Pate. "Cleaning up the details is what we will continue to work on as the season moves forward."
Davis and Elkins won the first heat of the pyramid event, scoring a 9.1 on an outstanding inverted pyramid. West Virginia Wesleyan came back to win the pyramid event with a total of 26.20 to Davis and Elkin's 21.40.
Once the Bobcats came back from half-time, they continued the lead in each of the three toss heats scoring an event total of 24.10 to Davis and Elkin's 21.10.
Pate stated, "Our toss event provides us with much room to grow. This was a good starting place for us."
In the tumbling event, the Bobcats increased their lead with an event total of 44.100 as they swept each of the 6 tumbling heats. Freshman, Nicole Johnson, received the highest tumbling score of the night with an 8.40 in the 6 element tumbling pass.
The momentum continued as the Bobcats prepared for the final event, the team event.
When asked about the performance Pate remarked, "I am proud of our athletes and how they performed during their first ever meet. The team maintained focus throughout each event, the athletes were eager and determined when they stepped foot on the mat each time, and I thought they executed well under the pressure of the officials along with having rows of fans before them."
In the final event of the evening, the team event, the Bobcats scored an 84.44. The meet concluded with West Virginia Wesleyan College standing at a 238.090 overall score. The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats ended the night with a historic first ever win in program history.
The Bobcats will travel to compete against West Liberty on February 11th at 2 p.m.