MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 26, 2021) – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons announced the 2022 gymnastics schedule on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers’ schedule features four home meets at the WVU Coliseum, including a pair in February. WVU is set to compete against six teams who finished in the top 25 of the 2021 Road to Nationals rankings, including defending NCAA National Champion Michigan.
“We are definitely excited to get back to having what we feel is a more normal schedule this year following last season,” 11th-year head coach Jason Butts said. “The team is looking forward to getting back to seeing other teams around the country, outside of just competing against local and conference opponents.”
The Mountaineers open the season with two meets away from Morgantown. First, WVU travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to begin the campaign against LSU on Friday, Jan. 7. The squad then heads to Towson, Maryland, for its only quad meet of the season, competing against William & Mary, West Chester and host Towson on Friday, Jan. 14.
West Virginia opens its home schedule, as well as its Big 12 Conference slate, on Friday, Jan. 21, as it welcomes reigning Big 12 Champion Denver to the WVU Coliseum.
Following their home opener, the Mountaineers hit the road again for three straight road meets. West Virginia heads to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State on Friday, Jan. 28, then heads south to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for a matchup against the Razorbacks on Friday, Feb. 4.
WVU wraps up its three-week road trip in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, going up against regional rival Pitt, along with NC State, on Sunday, Feb. 6.
“We have a very tough road schedule this season, which I think is going to be good for us,” Butts added. “We are going to have to develop a road-warrior mentality and show what we’re capable of. There will be a lot of time spent on buses and in airports, but this is a fun team, and I’m looking forward to hitting the road with them.”
West Virginia then returns home to Morgantown, for a tri-meet against Pitt and Texas Woman’s, on Friday, Feb. 11. The Mountaineers remain at home and welcome George Washington and William & Mary to the WVU Coliseum on Monday, Feb. 21.
The squad then travels to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Friday, Feb. 25, to compete against North Carolina, before returning home on Sunday, March 6, to play host to Ball State.
West Virginia wraps up its regular-season schedule on Saturday, March 12, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, competing against reigning NCAA National Champions Michigan. Auburn also joins WVU in Ann Arbor, for the tri-meet.
A week later, the Mountaineers head to Denver, Colorado, as defending Big 12 Champion Denver hosts the 2022 Big 12 Championship, set for Saturday, March 19.
The 2022 NCAA Regional Championships are scheduled to take place March 31-April 2, with Auburn, Washington, Kentucky and NC State set to be regional hosts.
The 2021 NCAA National Championships are tabbed for April 15-16, in Fort Worth, Texas.
West Virginia opened the preseason with its first official practice on Sept. 18, inside Cary Gym. Twelve members of the 2021 squad return for 2022, along with seniors Esperanza Abarca, Kendra Combs and Rachel Hornung. Additionally, five freshmen join the Mountaineers’ ranks this season.
During the 2021 campaign, WVU posted a 2-7 overall record in a round-robin conference slate that was capped with a trio of meets against regional rival Pitt. The Mountaineers hosted the 2021 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship on March 20, in Morgantown, placing fourth with a score of 195.725.
WVU then went on to host the 2021 NCAA Morgantown Regional Gymnastics Championships from April 1-3. At the regional championship, West Virginia advanced to the second round after topping Penn State, 195.950-195.325, in the first round. The Mountaineers then placed third in the evening session of the second round, tallying 195.650 points.
Press Release: WVU Athletic Department