WVU gymnastics closes out regular season at Minnesota

By Olivia Sneed, wvusports.com

West Virginia prepares to wrap up the regular season when it travels to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a quad meet against Minnesota, Air Force and Northern Illinois on Sunday, March 17. Action inside U of M’s Maturi Pavillion is set for 3 p.m. ET.
 
The meet will be streamed on Big Ten Plus, while live stats also are available at WVUsports.com.
 
West Virginia and Minnesota meet for the 11th time in program history, with the overall series tied at 5-5. The two teams will compete for the first time since 2008, when the Mountaineers secured a 196.175 – 195.375 win in Morgantown. WVU and Air Force meet for just the second time on Sunday, with the lone meeting coming in Colorado Springs in 2019, where WVU earned a 194.75 – 193.675 win.
 
West Virginia has competed against Northern Illinois just two other times, with the Mountaineers holding a 2-0 record in the series. The squads meet for the first time since 2018, when WVU tallied a 195.025 – 194.375 win in a quad meet in Ames, Iowa.
 
Last time out, West Virginia earned a 195.55-195.325 win over Rutgers inside the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown on Senior Day on March 10. The Mountaineers claimed first place after posting back-to-back 49.0+ scores on balance beam and floor exercise to close the meet. WVU recorded scores of 48.725 on vault, 48.5 on the uneven bars, 49.1 on beam and 49.225 on floor. In the all-around, fifth-year senior Abbie Pierson tallied a 39.125 total on all four events to finish in first place in the final standings. She also earned event wins on vault (9.8) and floor (9.9).
 
Senior Kiana Lewis shared the vault title with Pierson. On bars, freshman Amber Lowe finished in second (9.775), followed by junior Anna Leigh in third (9.75). Freshman Julia Brown earned her first career event win on beam (9.875), while sophomore Emma Wehry finished behind her in third (9.825). Four Mountaineers finished on the floor podium, with Pierson taking first, Lowe coming in second and Lewis and Brown tying for third.
 
This week’s Road to Nationals rankings mark the third week of the season that rankings are based on National Qualifying Score (NQS). WVU sits at No. 51 nationally with an NQS of 195.27. Leading WVU’s event rankings is the floor lineup, coming in at No. 42 nationally with an NQS of 49.175 and a season high of 49.25.
 
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