Gymnastics Back in Rankings at No. 25

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • February 18, 2013 03:50 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the first time since Jan. 14, the West Virginia University gymnastics team is ranked in the GymInfo Poll, as the Mountaineers check in this week at No. 25.

The squad, ranked No. 22 in the Jan. 14 poll, is ranked following a string of four 195.0+ scores, including two 196.0+ marks and a season-best road score of 195.775 earned at then-No. 18 Maryland on Feb. 17.

The Mountaineers’ (6-5, 1-1 Big 12) ranking is based on their 194.988 season average. The squad was just outside the rankings at No. 26 last week.

WVU also is ranked No. 18 (48.921) on floor and No. 19 (49.038) on vault. The Mountaineers sit at No. 28 (48.508) on balance beam and No. 37 (48.521) on the uneven bars.

A season-high three Mountaineers are individually ranked. Freshman Jaida Lawrence jumped 12 spots to No. 36 (9.854) in the vault rankings, while senior Alaska Richardson enters the vault poll at No. 46 (9.846). Additionally, sophomore Beth Deal is ranked No. 41 (9.8) on beam.

The poll’s top five remain unchanged, with Florida ranked No. 1 (197.296) and Oklahoma ranked No. 2 (197.171). Michigan, the Mountaineers’ next opponent, is ranked No. 3 (196.939), while Alabama is No. 4 (196.842) and UCLA is No. 5 (196.65).

Today’s rankings are based on season average.

Regionally, the Mountaineers continue to rank No. 4 overall in the southeast. The squad maintained its No. 3 ranking on floor, as well as its No. 4 vault ranking and No. 6 beam mark, and moved up one spot to No. 5 on bars.

Senior Kaylyn Millick owns a team-best four regional rankings. The Washington, Pa., native is No. 8 (38.97) in the all-around, No. 10 (9.825) on floor, No. 20 (9.712) on beam and No. 22 (9.805) on vault.

Richardson paces the floor lineup at No. 9, while juniors Hope Sloanhoffer and Makenzie Bristol follow at No. 17 (9.775) and No. 22 (9.75), respectively.

Lawrence ranks No. 13 on vault, with Richardson following at No. 14, while Deal checks in at No. 5 on beam, the team’s best individual regional ranking.

Sloanhoffer, No. 9 (38.921) in the all-around, ranks a team-best No. 19 (9.762) on bars, and classmate Erica Smith follows at No. 23 (9.735).

The Mountaineers rank No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference overall and in each event but bars, where the team dropped one spot this week to No. 3.

Lawrence owns the team’s top conference ranking and sits at No. 3 in the poll vault. She is followed by Richardson at No. 4, Millick at No. 8 and Sloanhoffer at No. 10 (9.8).

Three Mountaineers rank on floor: No. 6 Richardson, No. 7 Millick and No. 10 Sloanhoffer.

Deal is the lone Mountaineer to rank on beam and checks in at No. 7, while Millick ranks a team-best No. 5 in the all-around. Sloanhoffer also ranks No. 6 on bars and in the all-around.

The Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum for the first-ever “Wendy M. Roach Invitational” on Sunday, Feb. 24, against the Wolverines, New Hampshire and Towson at 2 p.m. The invitational, named after former WVU gymnast and current student assistant Nicole Roach’s mother, is a “Pink Meet” to promote breast cancer awareness. All fans are encouraged to wear pink that day.