Gymnastics: Sloanhoffer Honored by EAGL Again

By Shannon McNamara for
January 18, 2011 05:13 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following four top-three finishes in two meets, freshman Hope Sloanhoffer has repeated as the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Specialist and Rookie of the Week.

The Cornwall, N.Y., native opened her career winning the season’s first awards on Jan. 11.

This week’s recognitions follow a 1-1 weekend for the No. 18 Mountaineers (2-1). WVU defeated Michigan State, 194.0-192.575, at the WVU Coliseum, on Jan. 14, before falling, 196.725-192.125, at No. 5 Georgia yesterday.

Sloanhoffer continued her strong rookie debut in both meets, as she earned four top-three finishes, including two event wins. Her most impressive routine of the weekend was a 9.875, first-place beam showing against MSU. She also finished first on floor (9.825) and second on vault (9.775) against the Spartans. At No. 5 Georgia, competing on the biggest stage of her young career, Sloanhoffer finished second on vault (9.8) and fourth on floor (9.85); her floor score was the third-best mark of the meet.

She ranks nationally No. 6 on beam (9.85 average), No. 18 on vault (9.85 average) and is tied for No. 28 on floor (9.838) with senior Amy Bieski. Her beam mark is good enough for the No. 1 EAGL ranking.

The Mountaineers stay on the road and open their EAGL season at No. 10 NC State on Friday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., in Raleigh, N.C.

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