Wolfpack Gymnastics Downs West Virginia on Emotional Senior Night
March 18, 2005
RALEIGH, N.C. - On Friday, March 18, the NC State gymnastics program bid farewell to its senior members in an emotional win over reigning EAGL conference champion West Virginia, 195.352 - 194.550. With the win, the red and white close the regular season with a 13-4-1 record, while the Mountaineers slide to 12-6.
On the vault, junior Kylah Bachman and freshman Leigha Hancock tied for fourth place overall (9.75 score) to lead the Pack. Freshmen Heather Zolton (9.7), Laurie Singer (9.675), senior Andrea Petrocelli (9.6) and sophomore Amanda Jones (9.55) helped NC State post a 48.475 vault score.
The Wolfpack preformed well on the bars, collecting a score of 49. Zolton led NC State, and finished first among all competitors, with a 9.875 total. Bachman (9.85), Jones (9.825) senior Jennifer Gray (9.8), freshman Kelsey Lee (9.65) and Petrocelli (9.6) added to Zolton's mark to push the Pack slightly ahead of the Mountaineers.
NC State continued to outperform WVU on the beams, as the red and white notched a 48.675 tally and posted three of the top-four individual scores. Hancock placed first with a 9.8, while senior Cori Goldstein scored a 9.775. Jones' 9.75 effort tied her for third place with West Virginia's Janae Cox.
Wrapping up competition on the floor, the Pack produced a 49.175 score to seal the victory. Bachman placed first overall with a 9.9 score, while Goldstein tied WVU's Cox for second with a 9.875 total. Hancock (9.85) and Zolton (9.825) placed fourth and fifth respectively. Wolfpacker's Jones and Lee tied for seventh with 9.725 performances.
Following the meet, the team, coaches and fans of NC State gymnastics paid tribute to the seniors and their families in a touching ceremony on the floor.
The Wolfpack will spend the coming week preparing for the EAGL conference championships. With both the 1999 and 2000 EAGL crowns to its credit, NC State will play host to the tournament next Friday, March 25. The competition will take place at Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus, with competition beginning at 6 p.m.