Gymnastics: WVU Ranked No. 21


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
April 10, 2012 01:35 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following the 2012 NCAA Regional Championships, the West Virginia University gymnastics team is ranked No. 21 in the latest GymInfo Poll.

The Mountaineers (21-5, 12-1 EAGL) earned the ranking based on their 391.165 national qualifying score (NQS). The NQS is composed of the team’s regional meet score of 195.9 and its final regional qualifying score (RQS) of 195.265.

Each team’s ranking in this week’s poll is its final ranking of the season except for the squads ranked in the Top 12 and competing at the NCAA National Championships. A final poll will be released on April 23.

WVU’s last season-ending ranking came in 2009, when the Mountaineers were ranked No. 25.

“We took a huge step in the right direction this year,” says first-year coach Jason Butts. “We ended last season ranked No. 36 in the country. To move up 15 spots is a great accomplishment for this team. It’s a step in the right direction to get us back to the national championships.”

The Mountaineers were ranked No. 27 in the March 26 poll. After entering the poll in the season’s first week at No. 21, the team continued to rank nationally until dropping out of the poll on March 5. WVU was ranked as high as No. 20 on Jan. 30.

WVU, the 2012 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) champions, is the second league team ranked in the Top 25, as NC State checks in at No. 17. Taking a look at the team’s future conference opponents, Iowa State is ranked No. 35, while Oklahoma, the 2012 Big 12 champions, is currently ranked No. 3 and will compete at next week’s national championships.

Led by seniors Tina Maloney and Nicole Roach, the Mountaineers finished fifth at the NCAA Auburn Regional Championships on April 7. The squad’s 195.9 score, its second-highest point total of the season, was its best regional mark in program history.

The Mountaineers won their league-best seventh EAGL title on March 24 with a season-best score of 196.475, the 10th-best score in program history. With 21 victories, the Mountaineers earned their first 20-win season since 2008. Additionally, the squad finished the year 5-4 against ranked opponents.

Team awards will be announced at the squad’s banquet on April 24.




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