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Lawrence, Deal Nationally Ranked


Gymnastics
By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
February 11, 2013 04:54 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a string a stellar performances, West Virginia University gymnasts Jaida Lawrence and Beth Deal are nationally ranked in this week’s GymInfo Poll.

Lawrence, a freshman from Rocky Hill, Conn., is ranked No. 48 on vault with a 9.845 season average. She has won the event three weeks straight and earned a career-best 9.9 score on Feb. 1.

Deal, a sophomore and Parkersburg, W.Va., native, enters the beam rankings at No. 45 with a 9.8 season average. Though held out of the first three meets of the season, she has successfully anchored the lineup since Feb. 1, finishing second in the Mountaineers’ win over Iowa State on Feb. 10 with a season-high 9.85 score.

The Mountaineers (5-4, 1-1 Big 12) moved up five spots in this week’s poll to No. 26 (194.83), thanks in large part to the team’s season-best 196.15 score earned in a victory over Iowa State (194.825) yesterday.

WVU continues to rank nationally on floor and vault, dropping one spot to No. 17 (48.91) on floor and moving up three spots to No. 19 (49.0) on vault. The team also moved up three spots to No. 28 (48.41) on balance beam and up six to No. 36 (48.51) on the uneven bars.

The poll’s top five spots are the same, as Florida ranks No. 1 (197.296) and Oklahoma ranks No. 2 (197.125). Michigan (No. 3, 196.867), UCLA (No. 4, 196.765) and Alabama (No. 5, 196.68) round out the top five.

Today’s rankings are based on season averages.

The Mountaineers moved up one spot to No. 4 overall in the southeast region. The team also moved up one spot to No. 4 on vault. WVU continues to rank No. 3 on floor and No. 6 on bars and beam.

Senior Kaylyn Millick and junior Hope Sloanhoffer are regionally ranked on four events each. Millick ranks No. 9 (9.825) on floor, No. 11 (38.875) in the all-around, No. 23 (9.695) on beam and No. 24 (9.8) on vault. Sloanhoffer is tied at No. 24 on vault and also ranks No. 12 (38.87) in the all-around, No. 19 (9.775) on floor and No. 21 (9.775) on bars.

Senior Alaska Richardson is just behind the duo with three rankings. The Dayton, Ohio, native is tied with Millick at No. 9 on floor and also ranks No. 15 (9.738) on beam and No. 16 (9.83) on vault.

Deal owns the team’s top regional ranking and checks in at No. 7 on beam.

Freshman Jaida Lawrence ranks No. 14 on vault, while classmate Gina Costa paces the team on bars with a No. 17 (9.775) ranking. Junior Erica Smith joins Costa and Sloanhoffer on the bars list at No. 19 (9.769).

On the heels of their first Big 12 victory, the Mountaineers continue to rank No. 2 in the conference behind the Sooners. WVU also trails OU in each event at No. 2.

Lawrence is tops on the team and No. 4 in the Big 12 on vault. Richardson ranks No. 6, while Sloanhoffer and Millick are tied at No. 8.

Three Mountaineers are ranked on floor and bars. Richardson and Millick are tied at No. 6 on floor, while Sloanhoffer ranks No. 10. Costa leads the bars unit with a No. 6 ranking, and Smith and Sloanhoffer rank No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.

Deal checks in at No. 6 on beam, and Richardson follows at No. 9.

Millick and Sloanhoffer are ranked in the all-around at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively.

The Mountaineers return to the road this weekend and travel to No. 18 Maryland for a quad meet with George Washington and Rutgers on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m., at the Comcast Center, in College Park, Md.



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