MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Throughout the 2012 preseason, the West Virginia University gymnastics team will periodically check in with Mountaineer fans, providing updates on the progress made in Cary Gym and the weight room. The team also will share stories from its multiple team-bonding trips and activities.
This year’s eighth tale comes from sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer. One of the most-skilled freshman gymnasts to wear the Gold and Blue, the Cornwall, N.Y., native is coming off a rookie season that saw her earn three first team all-East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) honors, finish in second place on vault and beam at the league championship and earn Team MVP honors. Sloanhoffer also earned nine EAGL weekly award honors, including a league-best six EAGL Rookie of the Week recognitions.
A three-event specialist in 2010 looking to transition to all-around duties as a sophomore, Sloanhoffer competed in all 13 meets last season and did not fall once. She scored 9.8 or better in 30 of 40 routines and also tallied two scores of 9.925 or better on vault.
An NACGC/W Scholastic All-American and a member of the EAGL all-Academic Team and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll, Sloanhoffer is enrolled in pre-exercise physiology. “You won’t realize the distance you’ve walked until you take a look around and realize how far you’ve come.”
I honestly cannot believe it’s already November! I feel like it was just yesterday I was unloading the car as a freshman, and now I am almost half-way through my sophomore year. Comparing last year to now it is so impressive to see how much everyone has grown and improved. I know personally I have grown a great deal since arriving at WVU.
These last 10 weeks have been extremely busy with classes, practices and strength and conditioning sessions, but they also have been amazing! The other weekend I was able to go home and surprise my family - that was a really great break from school.
The team has come so far in the last 10 weeks. At the end of this week we will have seven weeks of official practice under our belt, and everyone is looking great! In the last seven to 10 weeks, the team has gone from getting back into Cary Gym during open practices to full sets that are just shy of competition-ready!
The team has so much potential this year. We have so much talent behind us, and there has been an incredible amount of positive energy and hard work in the gym every day. Last Wednesday, we did video board work in Cary Gym, and the gym was filled with laughter and energy. The team is extremely close this year, and I really think this will help us throughout the season! Last Wednesday was a really great bonding opportunity for the team, and it definitely sparked some excitement for the rapidly approaching season. With roughly 16 practices left before our Gold and Blue intrasquad meet, I’m getting anxious to see what we can accomplish this year!
Can’t wait to see you all in January!
Let’s Goooo Mountaineers!!