Recaps courtesy of Fairmont State and the Mountain East Conference
FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Fairmont State and Glenville State advanced to the Mountain East Conference Championship Meet on Saturday afternoon with semifinal victories on Friday evening at Joe Retton Arena on the campus of Fairmont State University. This year's Mountain East Conference Championship is the first in the history of Acrobatics & Tumbling.
#2 Glenville State 257.395, #3 West Virginia Wesleyan 248.860 | Final Scoresheet
Glenville State used a strong performances in the acro and tumbling events to pull away from West Virginia Wesleyan in the semifinals of the 2019 Mountain East Conference Acrobatics & Tumbling Championship.
With the win, the Pioneers advance to take on Fairmont State for the championship. Fairmont State picked up a win over West Liberty in the second semifinal.
The Pioneers had a small edge after the compulsory event, but then out-scored West Virginia Wesleyan 28.025-25.175 in the acro event. GSC then picked nearly two more points after the pyramid event, earning a perfect 10.00 in the open heat, to take a 92.875-87.250 at halftime.
The Bobcats managed to stay close in the toss event, but the Pioneers pulled away in the tumbling event picking up over 3.500 points. West Virginia Wesleyan posted the higher team score on the night, 87.460-86.870, but it was not enough.
#1 Fairmont State 271.875, #4 West Liberty 221.940 | Final Scoresheet
Top-seeded Fairmont State advanced to the Mountain East Conference Championship Meet with a lopsided victory over fourth-seeded West Liberty (271.875-221.940) on Friday evening in the semifinal round of the first-ever MEC Tournament at Joe Retton Arena.
Friday's Tournament was the first-ever conference championship event in the history of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA).
With the victory, Fairmont State advances to Saturday afternoon's Championship Meet against second-seeded Glenville State. GSC advanced to the Championship with a 257.395-248.860 victory over West Virginia Wesleyan in Friday's first semifinal.
The victory allowed Fairmont State to improve to 7-1 on the year. West Liberty wraps up the season with a 2-7 overall record.
Fairmont State grabbed more then an eight-point advantage following the compulsory event after scoring a perfect 10 in the pyramid heat, and a 9.925 in the toss heat.
Fairmont State added to its lead with a 28.825-25.050 advantage in the acro event, scoring an event-high 9.650 in the six-element heat. Fairmont State's most impressive performance of the day was in the pyramid event, scoring a 9.95 in the open heat, a 9.825 in the inversion heat, and a 9.80 in the synchronized heat.
Fairmont State continued to roll in the second half, holding a 27.50-24.90 advantage in the toss event, and a 55.00-46.60 advantage in the tumbling event. Fairmont State's individual tumbling passes anchored the event as Catherine Reynolds scored a 9.875 in the six-element pass, Karah Naples scored a 9.775 in the aerial pass, and a Alexis Smith rounded out the event with a 9.65 in the open pass.
The Falcons wrapped up the meet with a dominating 92.700-69.190 win in the team event, making the final score 271.875-221.940.