Gymnastics: EAGL Honors Sloanhoffer, Richardson


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
January 31, 2012 05:15 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer and junior Alaska Richards earned a pair of East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) honors, as Sloanhoffer was named the Gymnast of the Week and Richardson was awarded Specialist of the Week accolades.

The honors follow a season-best performance by the Mountaineers (5-1, 3-0 EAGL), as the squad scored 195.775 in wins over George Washington (193.125) and Towson (190.875) on Jan. 29, at the WVU Coliseum. The team’s score, the 27th-best mark in program history, included season bests on all four events.

Today’s honor is Sloanhoffer’s second of the season and the 11th EAGL weekly recognition of her career; she previously was named the EAGL Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 10.

Sloanhoffer won her second straight all-around title against GW and Towson with a 39.2 mark, her third career 39.0-plus point total. The Cornwall, N.Y., native also tied for first on vault with a season-high 9.875 and finished second on bars with a career-best 9.8. She rounded out her day with a fourth place, 9.775 showing on floor and a fifth place, 9.75 mark on beam.

After four meets, Sloanhoffer ranks No. 22 nationally on vault and No. 26 in the all-around; she is tops in the EAGL in both categories.

Richardson, a Dayton, Ohio, native, earns her first career EAGL honor on the heels of registering her second straight career-best floor mark, as she won the event outright on Sunday with a 9.875 showing; she previously scored 9.85 on Jan. 21 and 9.825 on Jan. 8. Additionally, Richardson tied for first on vault with a season-best 9.875; she has earned the score twice this season.

Richardson ranks No. 36 nationally, No. 2 in the league, on floor.

Pitt’s Haley Bodenheimer was named the EAGL Rookie of the Week.

The No. 20-ranked Mountaineers return to action at No. 22 Michigan on Friday, Feb. 3, for a 6 p.m. meet at the Crisler Center.



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