Gymnastics: WVU Ranks No. 25

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • January 23, 2012 02:25 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University gymnastics team dropped four spots and is ranked No. 25 in this week’s GymInfo Poll.

Today’s ranking is based on the Mountaineers’ (3-1, 2-0 EAGL) team average, which dropped to 194.0 following a 193.475-193.225 win at Bowling Green on Jan. 21.

WVU’s floor lineup retained its national top 10 ranking and again checks in at No. 9 (48.967). The squad also is ranked No. 22 (48.367) on beam and is tied for No. 24 (48.792) on vault.

Sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer is nationally ranked on two events. The Cornwall, N.Y., native is ranked No. 27 in the all-around with a 39.067 average. She also is tied for No. 32 (9.858) on vault.

WVU continues to own the Southeast region’s No. 1 floor ranking; Georgia and Florida, nationally ranked No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, are tied at No. 2 in the region on floor with a 48.883 average.

The Mountaineers, regionally ranked No. 5 overall, also rank No. 4 on vault and beam, and No. 7 (47.875) on bars.

All six Mountaineers competing floor are regionally ranked, with junior Alaska Richardson leading the pack at No. 10 (9.817). Sloanhoffer follows at No. 12 (9.808), while junior Kaylyn Millick is ranked No. 13 (9.8) and sophomore Makenzie Bristol is tied at No. 15 (9.775). Senior Tina Maloney ranks No. 24 (9.742), and junior Chelsea Goldschrafe is tied at No. 25 (9.725).

Four gymnasts appear on the vault and beam rankings. Sloanhoffer is ranked on both events and checks in at No. 4 on vault and No. 15 (9.758) on beam. A trio of Mountaineers is ranked No. 21 (9.725) on vault: junior Bethany Yurko, freshman Dayah Haley and Maloney. Millick is tied at No. 16 (9.75) on beam, while freshman Beth Deal is ranked No. 19 (9.717) and sophomore Amanda Carpenter is tied at No. 20 (9.675).

Sloanhoffer and Maloney are ranked in the all-around at No. 5 and No. 9 (38.683), respectively, while senior Nicole Roach is tied at No. 24 (9.692) on bars.

After a week at No. 2, the Mountaineers drop back to No. 3 in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL). The squad also is ranked No. 1 on floor, No. 2 on vault and beam, and No. 5 on bars.

Sloanhoffer owns the top vault and all-around rankings. She also is ranked No. 6 on beam and No. 7 on floor.

Richardson leads a quartet of Mountaineers on floor with the No. 6 ranking. Millick and Bristol rank behind Sloanhoffer at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.

Yurko, Maloney and Haley are ranked No. 10 on vault, while Millick and Deal are ranked No. 7 and No. 9, respectively, on beam. Additionally, Maloney is ranked No. 7 in the all-around.

Included in the Mountaineers’ win at Bowling Green, their first victory on the road this season, were three individual first-place finishes. Sloanhoffer finished first overall (39.075) and tied for first on vault (9.825), while Richardson won floor outright with a career-best 9.85 score.

The team returns to the WVU Coliseum on Jan. 29 and plays host to EAGL foe George Washington and Towson at 1 p.m. Following the meet, the Mountaineers will honor retired coach Linda Burdette-Good and her 37-year career.