GW opens season with loss

West Virginia University won all four events and spoiled the GW women’s gymnastics team’s season opener Sunday at the Smith Center.

The Lady Mountaineers took the lead in the opening event, the vault, and never trailed on their way to a 190.6-184.55 win.

Nikki West led West Virginia to a 47.7 score on the vault. West recorded the highest score on the event with 9.75 on her first attempt. Alexis Hrynko (9.45) had GW’s highest score on the vault.

Hrynko was one of two Colonial women to compete in every event. Darden Wilee also participated in all four events and her 9.30 was GW’s best score on the bars. However, West Virginia won the event thanks to Umme Salim’s score of 9.80 on her first attempt. The Lady Mountaineers widened their lead on the bars, outscoring GW 47.7-44.95 in the event.

Salim and Jessica Nonnemach both competed in all four events for West Virginia. Nonnemach had the highest scores on both the beam (9.65) and the floor event (9.70).

Stephanie Goldsmith and Erica Lewy each scored 9.60 on the floor program to lead the Colonial women. But West Virginia won this event as well. The Lady Mountaineers outscored GW 47.45-46.77 on the floor program.

-Dave Mann

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