WVU Varsity Sports Update

Following a fifth-place, 9.85 floor showing at the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, West Virginia gymnast Kaylyn Millick has been named the WVU Student- Athlete of the Week.

The sophomore, competing in the lineup's No. 3 spot, secured the team's best individual finish on the evening. She received one 9.9 score, 9.85s and one 9.8 for the event's four judges.

The Washington, Pa., native was sturdy on floor all season for the Mountaineers. She earned a career-best 9.9 on Jan. 29, the only WVU gymnast to earn the score on floor all year. Millick entered the championships ranked No. 19 in the southeast region with a 9.815 regional qualifying score, the team's third best, and also ranked No. 3 on the team with a 9.75 season average.


WVU Student-Athletes of the Week

Week 1: Brandon Rader, r-Sr., Wrestling
Week 2: Madina Ali, Sr., Women's Basketball
Week 3: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle
Week 4: Emily Kerwin, Sr., Gymnastics
Week 5: Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
Week 6: Amy Bieski, Sr., Gymnastics
Week 7: Rachael Burnett, So., Swimming & Diving
Mandie Nugent, So., Swimming & Diving
Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
Week 8: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle
Week 9: Hope Sloanhoffer, Fr., Gymnastics
Week 10: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle
Week 11: Amy Bieski, Sr., Gymnastics
Liz Repella, Sr., Women's Basketball
Week 12: Jared Goldthorpe, So., Men's Swimming
Week 13: Kaylyn Millick, So., Gymnastics


Special Note of the Week

On Sunday, April 3, West Virginia University gymnastics coach Linda Burdette-Good announced her retirement. Burdette-Good was named the second gymnastics coach at West Virginia in 1975, taking over a one-year program, and in 37 seasons compiled a 644-263-4 (.709) overall record.

The only WVU coach to earn 600 career wins with a Mountaineer team, Burdette-Good eclipsed the benchmark on Jan. 31, 2009, with victories over George Washington and Rutgers at the WVU Coliseum. Burdette-Good previously surpassed former baseball coach Dale Ramsburg's mark of 541 career WVU wins in 2006. Only current men's basketball coach Bob Huggins (691-253) has more overall wins on the department's coaching staff.

Including this season, which culminated in a sixth-place finish at yesterday's NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, Burdette-Good compiled 35 winning seasons, including 14 years with 20 or more wins. Since her first 20- win season in 1981, none of her teams have posted a losing record and just five had winning percentages less than .600.

"After 37 memorable, successful and thoroughly enjoyable years at West Virginia University and with the gymnastics team, I feel that it is time for me to move on," Burdette-Good says. "My life is better having spent these last four decades as a Mountaineer, and I am thankful for and proud of all the student-athletes I have coached over the years. I am also thankful for the support I have received from the athletic department and the Morgantown community."


This Week in Baseball

West Virginia will host a four-game homestand at Hawley Field this week … on Tuesday the Mountaineers will host Maryland in a non-conference battle at 6 p.m. … the Mountaineers will then host Georgetown in Big East action … Friday's game will start at 7:05 p.m., while Saturday's game will start at 3 p.m., and first pitch for Sunday's finale is at noon.

Last Week in Baseball

WVU finished at 1-3 last week … on Tuesday WVU fell to Morehead State in Charleston, W.Va., at the Mountaineer Diamond Classic, 6-5 … in the weekend series against Louisville, WVU took game one, 9-2, before falling 8-2 and 6-3 in games two and three.

Notes and Quotes

In the Morehead State game, designated hitter Jeremy Gum led the Mountaineers with a 1-for-4 performance, including a two-run home run … Freshman Corey Walter took the loss in relief action, while redshirt freshman Marshall Thompson went 5.1 innings, surrendering eight hits and three runs … Freshman Ryan Tezak earned his first career win in game one against Louisville … Tezak shutdown the Cardinal hitters in five innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out seven … Brady Wilson, Dan DiBartolomeo, Grant Buckner, Mark Dvoroznak and Gum each had two hits … Justin McDavid, Buckner and Chris Rasky each had two RBIs apiece … on Saturday, McDavid hit his second home run of the season to give West Virginia the early lead … McDavid finished the game 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI … Jonathan Hash and Matt Morrone teamed up to finish the losing effort with three innings of one hit pitching … in Sunday's finale, Josh McCauley shutdown the Cardinals in 3.1 innings of relief, allowing one hits and striking out four.


This Week in Rowing

The West Virginia University rowing team will continue racing on April 9-10, as it travels to Cherry Hill, N.J. to compete at the Knecht Cup Regatta on the Cooper River.

Last Week in Rowing

The Mountaineers concluded the Occoquan Sprints in Fairfax Station, Va., on Sunday, with the Varsity eight and Second Varsity eight boats finishing with top-three finishes.

Notes and Quotes

The Varsity eight boat led the Mountaineers with a second-place finish out of 16 schools ... the Mountaineers finished in first of heat two with a time of 7:44.7, to make it to the finals against Dayton, St. Joseph's, Temple, Loyola and George Mason ... in the final race, Dayton took the lead from the start, but WVU and St. Joseph's caught up ... WVU crossed the line in 7:26.82, slightly behind Dayton at 7:26.60, but pulling ahead of St. Joseph's (7:27.16) ... the Second Varsity eight boat of also had a good showing, finishing third in the women's Junior Varsity eight race ... the Mountaineers finished second in heat one (8:47.07), to make it to the finals with St. Joseph's, George Mason, Dayton, Duquesne and Temple ... WVU finished in third with a time of 7:45.28, St. Joseph's and George Mason to capture the bronze ... WVU's Varsity four boat finished fourth in heat one with a time of 9:26.63 ... the Novice eight boat finished third in heat two (9:17.55), behind George Mason and Georgetown.


This Week in Gymnastics

The Mountaineers have completed their 2011 season.

Last Week in Gymnastics

The Mountaineers (13-10, 10-4 EAGL) scored 192.5 and finished in sixth place at the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday, April 2, in Athens, Ga. … sophomore Kaylyn Millick scored 9.85 on floor and finished in a tie for fifth place, the team's best individual performance … freshman Hope Sloanhoffer made her bars career debut and competed as an all-arounder for the first time, finishing in 10th place with 38.875 points … she paced the team on beam (9.725), and scored 9.75 on vault, 9.6 on bars and 9.8 on floor … senior Amy Bieski concluded her Mountaineer career with a 38.325 all-around showing … she paced the team on vault (9.8) and bars (9.65), and scored 9.075 on beam and 9.8 on floor … senior Alysha Pretzello tied Bieski on bars with a 9.65 score … as a team, WVU finished third on floor (49.0), fifth on beam (47.075), and sixth on vault (48.65) and bars (47.775).

Notes and Quotes

The Mountaineers' trip to regionals was their 28th overall … defending champion UCLA finished first (197.425) and host Georgia finished second (196.75) and advanced to the 2011 NCAA National Championships … Bieski's score pushed her career point total to 1,978.925 … she graduates ranked No. 2 on the all-time WVU career points list … Bieski's vault score was her ninth 9.8-plus vault of the season … the regional meet was the final career competition for six seniors: Bieski, Naja Johnson, Stephanie Keaton, Emily Kerwin, Faye Meaden and Pretzello.


This Week in Tennis

The West Virginia University tennis team (7-11, 3-4 Big East) will continue action on April 9-10, as it travels to Hartford, Connecticut for two Big East matches against UCONN and Marquette at 10 a.m.

Last Week in Tennis

The Mountaineers fell to Big East foe Rutgers on Sunday, in a 1-6 match at the Ridgeview Racquet Club

Notes and Quotes

Junior Veronica Cardenas and sophomore Liv Pettersson captured the Mountaineers' lone doubles victory in an 8-7(5) match in the No. 2 spot ... The Scarlet Knights clinched the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and 3 spots ... in singles, freshman Mary Chupa captured the only point, with a 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-1 victory in the No. 3 singles spot ... Tanik (No. 1) and Cardenas (No. 4) also fought to tiebreakers, but fell behind in the third set of their respective matches ... sophomore Emily Mathis had a good showing in the No. 2 spot, but fell in a close 6-5, 6-5 match ... Pilsbury and Pettersson were defeated in the No. 5 and 6 spots.


This Week in Track & Field

Part of the WVU Track and Field team will travel to Austin, Texas, on April 6-9 for one of the largest and most competitive events in the country, the Texas Relays … the other half of the team will also compete this weekend at the Robert Morris Bennie Benson Invitational on Saturday, April 9.

Last Week in Track & Field

The Mountaineers completed action at the Colonial Relays, hosted by William & Mary, this weekend, led by senior April Rotilio who captured a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.96.

Notes and Quotes

In the 800-meter run, WVU saw top performances from seniors Keri Bland and Kaylyn Christopher as the duo finished in sixth and eighth, respectively ... both posted Big East qualifying times as Bland finished strong with a time of 2:09.70, while Christopher ran an aggressive time of 2:10.88 … freshman Chené Townsend also had a good weekend with a fourth-place showing in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.28 … in the relays, WVU's 4x800-meter relay finished with a third-place showing … the team of Bland, Christopher, Rotilio and sophomore Aubrey Moskal crossed the line with a time of 9:00.63 … in the field events, senior Natasha Redman and sophomore Sydney Cummings tied for second (1.65 meters)in the high jump, while Katlyn Shelar and Lindsey Kopenhaver finished in eighth (3.40 meters) and ninth (3.25 meters), respectively, in the pole vault … junior Terina Miller led with a fourth-place showing in the hammer throw (48.14 meters), while sophomores Heather Adams and Alanna Pritts followed in 12th (42.19 meters) and 18th (37.51 meters), respectively.


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