Gymnastics: WVU Jumps to No. 20 Ranking

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • January 30, 2012 03:03 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – On the heels of its highest-scoring meet in three years, the West Virginia University gymnastics team moved up five spots and is ranked No. 20 in this week’s GymInfo Poll.

Today’s ranking is based on the Mountaineers’ (5-1, 3-0 EAGL) team average, which was boosted over fourth-tenths to 194.444 thanks to their season-best 195.775 score in wins over George Washington and Towson on Jan. 29, at the WVU Coliseum.

In addition to its overall top 20 ranking, WVU is tied with UCLA, the 2010 national champions, on floor at No. 8 (48.994); the squad also ranks No. 14 (48.525) on beam and No. 17 (48.869) on vault.

Three Mountaineers own four national rankings, with sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer leading the way with a No. 22 (9.863) vault ranking and a No. 26 (39.1) ranking in the all-around.

Juniors Alaska Richardson and Kaylyn Millick also are nationally ranked, with Richardson checking in at No. 36 (9.831) on floor and Millick at No. 42 (9.8) on beam.

Regionally, the Mountaineers rank No. 3 overall behind Florida and Georgia, nationally ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. After two weeks at No. 1, WVU drops to No. 2 on floor; UF overtook the squad with a 49.038 season average. The Mountaineers also rank No. 3 on vault and beam and No. 6 (48.056) on bars.

Five of the six Mountaineers competing on floor are regionally ranked this week, with Richardson owning the No. 4 ranking; she ranks behind three Gators. Millick is ranked No. 8 (9.808) on floor, while Sloanhoffer is No. 10 (9.8). Sophomore Makenzie Bristol and junior Chelsea Goldschrafe rank No. 18 (9.775) and No. 23 (9.75), respectively.

Five Mountaineers also are ranked on beam. Behind Millick at No. 9 is Sloanhoffer at No. 15 (9.756) and freshman Beth Deal at No. 17 (9.717). Sophomore Amanda Carpenter checks in at No. 21 (9.694), while senior Nicole Roach owns the No. 25 (9.65) ranking.

Sloanhoffer, regionally ranked No. 6 in the all-around, also is ranked No. 3 on vault and No. 24 (9.681) on bars. Roach precedes her in the bars rankings at No. 17 (9.725), while senior Tina Maloney and freshman Dayah Haley join her in the vault rankings at No. 22 (9.731) and No. 23 (9.725), respectively. Maloney also ranks No. 9 (38.681) in the all-around.

The Mountaineers, undefeated in league action, reclaimed the top spot in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) this week. The team also ranks No. 1 on vault, beam and floor, and No. 5 on bars.

Sloanhoffer owns four EAGL top 10 rankings and is ranked No. 1 on vault and in the all-around. She also is ranked No. 2 on beam and No. 6 on floor.

Richardson is ranked No. 2 on floor, while Millick is ranked No. 2 on beam; Millick also ranks No. 4 on floor.

Deal and Maloney rank No. 6 on beam and in the all-around, respectively, while Roach ranks No. 9 on bars and Haley is No. 10 on vault.

En route to their season-best score yesterday, the 27th-best mark in program history, the Mountaineers swept the Colonials and the Tigers on all four events, setting or matching season bests on vault (49.1), bars (48.6), beam (49.0) and floor (49.075).

WVU returns to action at No. 22 Michigan, down three spots from last week, on Friday, Feb. 3, for a 6 p.m. meet at the Crisler Center.