D&E sets new marks

WEST LIBERTY — The Davis & Elkins College acrobatics & tumbling team competed in a tri-meet at West Liberty, taking on the Hilltoppers and Hawaii Pacific.

The Senators picked up three heat victories in the meet, including the program’s first ever event victory in the Pyramid.

Davis & Elkins defeated West Liberty in the acro heat to begin the compulsory event to begin the evening. Davis & Elkins also scored an 8.10 in the toss heat for their highest score in compulsory.

In the acro event, the Senators scored 22.45 total points, including an 8.35 in the 6-element heat. The 22.45 was a new record for the event for the Senators and the 8.35 tied with West Liberty in the heat.

The Senators excelled in the pyramid, setting new program highs in all three heats. The Senators started off with a 9.60 in the Inversion Heat, setting an all-time high score, while also picking up a win over the Hilltoppers.

D&E also won the Synchronized heat over West Liberty with an 8.35. The Senators score an 8.75 in the Open heat, finishing with a total of 26.70 for the Pyramid event to beat West Liberty’s 26.40. The Senators previous high in the Pyramid was a 21.40, breaking the mark by 5.30 points.

In the Toss event, the Senators again set new program highs in all three heats, including an 8.30 in the Heat 1 450 Salto, the highest score for D&E in the event. The Senators finished with 23.45 points in the Toss event, breaking the previous program high of 21.10.

In the Tumbling event, the Senators scored 34.575 total points. The Open Pass was the leading point- scoring heat for the Senators, awarding 7.50 points, .20 better than the previous high. The 6-Element Pass scored a 7.075, as the second-leading point heat in the event.

Overall, the Senators scored 131.075 points on Friday night, topping the previous high mark of 128.45 in the program’s short history.

Davis & Elkins College fell to West Liberty (223.915) and Hawaii Pacific (263.250) in the overall.

The Senators will return to action on March 29, as West Liberty will make the return trip to Elkins. The Senators and Hilltoppers are set to compete at 7 p.m. in the McDonnell Center.