Gymnastics Nationally Ranked on Floor, Vault

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • January 28, 2013 03:10 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University gymnastics team retained its national floor and vault rankings in this week’s GymInfo Poll.

The Mountaineers (2-3) are up one spot on floor this week and rank No. 18 (48.808). The team dropped four spots on vault to No. 22 (48.933).

WVU’s season-best score of 195.15, earned in a loss at then-No. 24 NC State (195.2) on Jan. 25, put its season average at 193.983, the nation’s 35th-best mark; the Mountaineers were ranked No. 36 last week. After scoring season highs on both events, the team also moved up to No. 43 (48.05) on balance beam and No. 44 (48.192) on uneven bars.

Florida jumped two spots and ranks No. 1 (197.025). Oklahoma, one of the Mountaineers’ opponents in their home opener this Friday, Feb. 1, retained its No. 2 (196.938) ranking, while Michigan dropped from the top spot to No. 3 (196.9). UCLA and Alabama continue to rank No. 4 (196.65) and No. 5 (196.533), respectively.

Today’s rankings are based on season averages.

Regionally, the Mountaineers moved up one spot to No. 5 in the southeast. The squad also continues to rank No. 3 on floor, but dropped to No. 5 on vault. The Mountaineers moved up one spot to No. 6 on bars and beam.

Junior Hope Sloanhoffer and senior Kaylyn Millick own a combined seven regional rankings. Sloanhoffer, ranked No. 11 (38.758) in the all-around, also ranks No. 19 (9.8) on vault, No. 22 (9.733) on floor and No. 24 (9.708) on bars. Millick, ranked No. 19 (38.363) in the all-around, also ranks No. 10 (9.8) on floor and No. 25 (9.775) on vault. The Washington, Pa., native’s floor ranking is the team’s highest individual mark.

Senior Alaska Richardson paces the team on vault and checks in at No. 15 (9.825). The Dayton, Ohio, native also ranks No. 12 (9.792) on floor.

Freshman Melissa Idell is tied with Sloanhoffer at No. 22 (9.733) on floor, while sophomore Dayah Haley enters the rankings at No. 25 (9.725).

Junior Erica Smith paces the team on bars and ranks No. 21 (9.742), and freshman Jaida Lawrence ranks No. 16 (9.817) on vault. Additionally, for the second straight week, sophomore Lia Salzano is the lone Mountaineer to earn a beam ranking and checks in at No. 19 (9.717).

The Mountaineers, the Big 12’s No. 2-ranked team, rank behind the Sooners on vault and floor. The team also ranks No. 3 on bars and beam.

Millick leads the team with four conference rankings: No. 7 floor, No. 8 all-around and No. 10 vault and beam (9.592).

Richardson ranks No. 5 on vault and No. 8 on floor, while Sloanhoffer ranks No. 6 in the all-around and No. 7 on vault.

Lawrence ranks No. 6 on vault, while Smith ranks No. 8 on bars and Salzano ranks No. 9 on beam.

After three straight road meets, the Mountaineers open their 2013 home season at the WVU Coliseum this Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., against the Sooners, Western Michigan and William & Mary. The meet is the Mountaineers’ first against a Big 12 opponent.

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