VSR: Sloanhoffer Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Grant Dovey
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  • January 16, 2012 01:47 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following her strong showing against Rutgers, including three first-place finishes, sophomore gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer has been named the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week.

Sloanhoffer was instrumental in WVU’s 193.425-191.65 victory over Rutgers on Jan. 15 at the WVU Coliseum, as the Cornwall, N.Y., native accounted for three of the team’s five individual wins and finished first on vault (9.875), beam (9.775) and floor (9.8). She also finished second overall with a 38.825 mark.

She has now scored 9.8 or better in 35 of 48 career routines.

Prior to yesterday’s win over Rutgers, Sloanhoffer was named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 10.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Spring 2012
Week 1: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 2: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The WVU women’s basketball team will play its final non-conference game of the regular season as it faces Marshall in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Charleston Civic Center ... the Mountaineers will close out the week with a 7 p.m. tip at Pitt on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
West Virginia went 1-1 last week, defeating Seton Hall 79-63 at home on Tuesday before falling 51-48 at Providence on Saturday.

Notes & Quotes
Christal Caldwell stepped up as the scoring leader against Seton Hall with 18 points and was the leading rebounder for WVU against the Pirates and Providence with nine rebounds in each outing … she led the team for the week, as she averaged 15.5 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting from the field … the Mountaineers led at Providence for 30 minutes … the teams traded the lead and had six ties until the final four minutes when the Friars took the final lead and extended it to six before a Caldwell 3-pointer brought the game within reach in the final minutes … WVU has been successful in out-rebounding all league opponents this season, holding a +9.6 rebounding margin.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
The WVU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will head to College Park, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 21, for a dual meet with Maryland ... the meet is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams were idle.

Notes and Quotes
Senior Taylor Camp leads the Mountaineer men in the BIG EAST rankings as he is ranked No. 1 in the 100 fly (47.65), No. 3 in the 200 fly (1:47.90) and No. 5 in the 100 free (44.94) ... junior Bryce Bohman is ranked No. 2 in the 200 back (1:47.69), while holding the No. 3 spot in the 100 back (48.84) ... sophomore Tim Squires is No. 4 in the 50 free (20.34), while freshman Daeton Davenport is No. 3 in the 1,650 free (15:45.22) and junior Jake Querciagrossa ranks No. 3 in the 400 IM (3:57.71) ... the women also are represented with junior Rachael Burnett leading the way at No. 1 in the 1,000 free (9:57.57), No. 1 in the 1,650 free (16:26.24), No. 2 in the 500 free (4:46.48), No. 3 in the 200 free (1:49.90) and No. 4 in the 400 IM (4:17.41) ... sophomore Danielle Smith ranks No. 2 in the 200 back (1:58.59) and No. 3 in the 100 back (54.62), while freshman Julie Ogden is ranked No. 3 in the 100 fly (54.61) ... junior Mandie Nugent is in the rankings twice at No. 2 in the 200 fly (1:57.80) and No. 4 in the 500 free (4:51.08) ... junior Breanna McCann rounds out the rankings at No. 4 in the 200 IM (2:01.74).

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers return home to host the WV State Farm Games on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Shell Building ... the meet is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Last Week in Track & Field
The team resumed the 2012 indoor season with two individuals earning BIG EAST-qualifying marks on Jan. 14 at the Nittany Lion Challenge in State College, Pa. ... senior Meghan Mock qualified for the BIG EAST Championships with a 5.53-meter long jump, earning third place in the event, while junior high jumper Sydney Cummings also earned a BIG EAST qualification by registering a 1.70-meter mark in the high jump, good for third place in the event ... although already qualified for the BIG EAST Championships, throwers Heather Adams and Terina Miller posted strong finishes in the weight throw with their respective 15.93- and 15.82-meter marks ... Adams’ 15.93 is a season high, topping the 15.53 finish at the WVU Holiday Classic … triple jumper Stormy Nesbit matched her 11.90-meter Holiday Classic mark for the event, which had already qualified her for BIG EAST.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers have now qualified six athletes to participate at the BIG EAST Championships in early March … those qualified include Nesbit (triple jump), Miller and Adams (weight throw), Katlyn Shelar (pole vault), Mock (long jump) and Cummings (high jump) … the Mountaineers look to achieve Top-20 finishes for a fifth consecutive year in both indoor and outdoor track ... returning All-Americans from last season include Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Kate Harrison, Sarah-Anne Brault, Mock, Katelyn Williams and Jessica O’Connell.

This Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers will play host to dual meets against EWL foes Bloomsburg and Clarion this weekend at the WVU Coliseum ... Saturday’s match against Bloomsburg is set for a 7:30 p.m. start, while the dual meet against Clarion on Sunday will begin at 2 p.m.

Last Week in Wrestling
WVU defeated Michigan State 23-12 on Jan. 13 in East Lansing, Mich., and moved its season record to 3-2 overall.

Notes and Quotes
Two WVU wrestlers avenged losses from the Reno Tournament of Champions against Michigan State on Friday night ... redshirt freshman Brutus Scheffel (149) defeated No. 23 Dan Osterman, as he took a 9-6 decision ... redshirt senior Brandon Williamson (HWT) defeated Steve Andrus in a 6-4 decision after being pinned by Andrus in Reno ... sophomore Michael Morales (141) moved his season record to 2-0 with his pin at the 3:20 mark of his match against the Spartans’ Brian Gibbs ... with his major decision victory over Brandon Fields, redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi upped his team-high win total to 19 ... Pennesi’s victory also was his first of the season at the 133-pound weight class after he wrestled at 141-pounds during the first half of the season ... this weekend’s matches will be the Mountaineers’ first EWL action of the season.

This Week in Gymnastics
The No. 21 Mountaineers open their 2012 road schedule and travel to Bowling Green on Saturday, Jan. 21, for a 6 p.m. meet at Anderson Arena.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (2-1, 2-0 EAGL) earned their second East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) win of the season with a 193.425-191.65 victory over Rutgers (0-2, 0-2 EAGL) on Jan. 15, at the WVU Coliseum … WVU scored team wins on vault (48.975-48.425), beam (48.4-48.0) and floor (48.875-48.05), and tied on bars (47.175-47.175) … the Mountaineers earned five individual first-place finishes, with Hope Sloanhoffer accounting for three … Sloanhoffer finished second overall with a 38.825 mark, while senior Tina Maloney scored 38.575 and finished third … RU’s Luisa Leal narrowly edged the duo and finished first overall with a 38.85 score … Sloanhoffer and junior Alaska Richardson tied for first on vault with season-best 9.875 scores … Sloanhoffer also finished first on beam with a 9.775 mark and tied junior Kaylyn Millick for first place on floor with a 9.8 score … senior Nicole Roach paced the Mountaineers on bars with a fourth place, 9.6 score.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers remain undefeated against Rutgers and picked up their 51st victory over the Scarlet Knights … freshman Dayah Haley opened the vault lineup with a 9.775 score, her second straight season-best mark, and finished fourth overall … Millick also finished second on beam with a 9.75 score … Millick’s beam and floor appearances were her first of the season … freshman Beth Deal scored 9.725 and placed third on beam … Richardson and Maloney tied for third on floor with 9.775 scores … following their strong showings against Penn State and Maryland on Jan. 8, Sloanhoffer and Deal were named the EAGL Gymnast and Rookie of the Week, respectively ... WVU also earned the No. 21 ranking this week.

This Week in Rifle
The No. 3-ranked West Virginia rifle team plays host to No. 5 Alaska-Fairbanks on Friday, Jan. 20, at the WVU Rifle Range … the match will start at 8 a.m. and last into the afternoon … WVU then travels to Ohio State on Sunday, Jan. 22, for an 8 a.m. match.

Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers (7-0, 4-0 GARC) opened their spring season with a 4691-4554 victory over Akron on Jan. 14, at the WVU Rifle Range … WVU defeated the Zips in air rifle, 2367-2295, and smallbore, 2324-2259 … junior Petra Zublasing finished first in both guns, shooting 597 air rifle and 589 smallbore … she also placed first overall with a 1186 score … freshmen Thomas Kyanko and Amy Bock placed second and third, respectively, with combined scores of 1174 and 1172 … six Mountaineers finished in the top four in air rifle, with Kyanko placing second (594) … Bock finished third (589) in air rifle, while senior Justin Pentz and freshmen Taylor Ciotola and Meelis Kiisk tied for fourth (588) … Bock finished behind Zublasing in smallbore with a 583 score … Kyanko shot 580 smallbore and placed third.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers improved to 10-0 over Akron … WVU’s combined score was its second-best mark of the season, while its air rifle score was a season high … senior Michael Kulbacki, Pentz, Zublasing and Kyanko counted toward both gun scores, while Kiisk and Ciotola contributed to the air rifle and smallbore tallies, respectively … Kyanko and Bock’s combined scores were season bests … Kyanko’s air rifle mark also was a personal best, while Bock’s air rifle and smallbore marks were personal highs … Ciotola and Kiisk also shot air rifle career highs … WVU is 5-6 all-time against Alaska-Fairbanks and 37-0 against Ohio State … WVU has won every meeting against the Nanooks since 2009, including last year’s 4696-4646 victory in Morgantown.

This Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers open their season with a match at Ohio State on Jan. 21, at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Tennis
WVU did not compete.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers will return four players from their 2010-11 roster and have three starters returning to the lineup ... WVU finished the 2011 spring season with an 8-14 record and went 4-7 in BIG EAST play ... despite fighting through injury during the fall season, junior Emily Mathis led the Mountaineers in victories.