MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following its season-opening win at Pitt on Jan. 11, the West Virginia University gymnastics team jumped back in to the GymInfo Poll today at No. 22.
The Mountaineers (1-0) were ranked No. 24 in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Dec. 3, but because they had not competed yet, they were unranked in the season’s first poll, released late last Friday.
“I think this is a good starting place for us,” says Mountaineer coach Jason Butts. “Our theme this year is ‘climb higher,’ and I know this ranking will serve as motivation for us in the gym. We’re looking forward to moving up in the poll.”
Today’s rankings are based on season averages. WVU scored 194.675 in its win at Pitt (193.55). UCLA is ranked No. 1 (196.788), while Michigan is No. 2 (196.738), Oklahoma and Florida are tied at No. 3 (196.575), and LSU is No. 5 (196.475).
On the strength of its 49.025 showing at Pitt, WVU is ranked No. 11 nationally on floor. The squad also is tied at No. 22 (48.925) on vault and ranks No. 27 (48.575) on bars and No. 31 (48.15) on beam.
Senior Alaska Richardson
is the lone Mountaineer to earn a national ranking this week, as the Dayton, Ohio, native checks in at No. 9 (9.9) on floor.
Regionally, the Mountaineers rank No. 5 in the southeast; Florida owns the region’s top spot. The Mountaineers rank behind the Gators at No. 2 on floor. The team also ranks No. 4 on bars and No. 5 on vault and beam.
Eighty percent of the Mountaineers’ event lineups are regionally ranked on floor and vault. Richardson is tops among the Mountaineers on both events, as she ranks No. 2 on floor and is tied with teammate Hope Sloanhoffer
at No. 13 on vault; Sloanhoffer also ranks No. 13 on floor. Senior Kaylyn Millick
checks in at No. 9 on floor, while freshmen Melissa Idell
and Jaida Lawrence
are ranked No. 13 and No. 19, respectively. On vault, senior Chelsea Goldschrafe
is ranked No. 18, while Millick and Lawrence are No. 24 and No. 25.
Millick paces the beam lineup with a No. 11 ranking, while Goldschrafe and sophomore Lia Salzano
are tied at No. 24. Lawrence and junior Erica Smith
are ranked a team-best No. 11 on bars, and Sloanhoffer is ranked No. 22. Additionally, Sloanhoffer is ranked No. 12 in the all-around, while Millick checks in at No. 14.
WVU is ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference behind Oklahoma; the Mountaineers also rank second to the Sooners on each event.
Richardson owns the team’s top conference ranking, as she is No. 1 on floor. She also is tied with Sloanhoffer at No. 4 on vault.
Goldschrafe is ranked behind the duo on vault at No. 6, while Millick is ranked No. 9 and Lawrence is ranked No. 10. On floor, Millick checks in at No. 6, and Sloanhoffer and Idell are tied at No. 9.
Lawrence and Smith rank No. 6 on bars, with Sloanhoffer following at No. 10. Millick ranks No. 7 on beam, and Goldschrafe and Salzano are tied at No. 9.
Sloanhoffer and Millick also rank in the all-around at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.
The Mountaineers continue their season-opening road trip and face a difficult test in just their second meet of the year, as they compete at No. 15 Utah, with No. 20 Southern Utah and No. 23 Oregon State, this Saturday, Jan. 19, at 9 p.m. EST, at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.