Mountaineer Spherical-up: Golf tees off as winter sports activities prep for postseason
We are approaching this exciting time on the sports calendar, where sports from across the sports department are on offer. When winter sports are slowly subsiding and looking forward to the off-season, they are only just getting started in spring.
Here’s what you might have missed and what to look out for this week.
Last Week: West Virginia ended its Sunshine State season at the Florida Gators Invitational at UF’s Mark Bostick Golf Course. The climbers finished in 18th place with a combined score of +8, the lowest score West Virginia has ever scored at the Gators Invitational.
“I am very proud of this group of people. We have what it takes to be a great team, we just have to keep working hard and improve the wedge game, ”said coach Sean Covich.
Mark Goetz and Jackson Davenport were the low men for the WVU, shooting a 212 for a three-round score of +2.
Florida won by a comfortable -29 margin.
This Week: WVU is staying at the Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Florida for this week’s Seminole Invitational. They performed at this event last season and finished in seventh place.
Current record: 7-1 (5-1 GARC)
Last Week: Fourth-placed West Virginia narrowly lost his first loss of the season to Kentucky No. 2 at Lexington, 4723-4717.
“We had a tough game today and we didn’t necessarily reach our full potential,” said coach Jon Hammond. “I think there were a lot of areas where we could score and while it’s a loss it was only six points with plenty of room for improvement.”
Sarah Osborn and Akihito Shimizu were the climbers’ goal scorers, shooting for a total of 1182. Shimizu shot particularly well in the air rifle and linked up with Calista Smoyer from WVU and Mary Tucker from Great Britain – the latter took first place overall.
This Week: Mountaineers prepare for the NCAA qualifier in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday and travel to the GARC championships the following week.
Current record: 7-3 (3-2 Big 12)
Last Week: The Mountaineers competed in the Oklahoma State Cowboy Challenge, scoring three runners-up.
Fourth-placed Noah Adams beat AJ Ferrari # 13 in the first round and re-faced Wyoming’s Stephen Buchanan, the twelfth wrestler at £ 197 who broke Adams ’39 match-winning streak a week earlier. Adams and Buchanan drew 2-2 in the last two minutes but Buchanan prevailed.
Ryan Sullivan (£ 133) and Peyton Hall (£ 165) also finished second, while Michael Wolfgram took third place.
“We had really solid wrestling and not that solid wrestling,” said coach Tim Flynn. “There were some good things and some bad things. That was the story all year round. “
This Week: West Virginia closes its regular season on Friday with the host of the state of Iowa.
Current record: 0-4
Last Week: The Mountaineers hosted No. 7 Denver, their fourth consecutive opponent of the season. Despite a season high, they fell between 196,375 and 195,400.
“I was very happy with our performance against Denver today,” said coach Jason Butts.
Although the WVU finished with season highs on the floor and on the uneven bars, they took second place in all events. There were some very strong individual performances with second Abby Pearson taking the podium twice and freshman Chloe Asper taking third on the beam.
This week: WVU is heading west for a second attempt at the Pioneers, this time in Denver.
swimming and diving
Current record: 0-2
Last Week: West Virginia has been absent all February since his last meeting with Notre Dame.
This Week: You are traveling to Austin, Texas to compete in the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships, which will take place February 24th through March 3rd.
Last week: The climbers have been absent since finishing third in the Marshall Classic on February 6th.
This Week: You are heading to the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Friday and Saturday.
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