Gymanstics Maintains No. 21 Mark

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • March 11, 2013 07:26 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University gymnastics team remains steady at No. 21 in this week’s GymInfo Poll.

Though the Mountaineers’ (11-7, 1-1 Big 12) ranking did not change, the team’s regional qualifying score (RQS), the basis for the GymInfo Poll, received a boost, as it moved to 195.78 thanks to the team’s second-best road score of 195.45, earned in a win at George Washington (194.5) on March 10.

WVU also maintained its three national rankings. The team jumped three spots to No. 19 (48.95) on balance beam and also ranks No. 20 (49.11) on vault and No. 21 (49.1) on floor. The team sits at No. 34 (48.71) on bars.

Four Mountaineers continue to own five national rankings. Senior Kaylyn Millick made a big jump in the polls this week. The Washington, Pa., native is up nine spots on floor to No. 34 (9.875) and up seven spots to No. 32 (39.14) in the all-around. Freshman Jaida Lawrence ranks No. 26 (9.885) on vault, while junior Hope Sloanhoffer ranks No. 35 (39.115) in the all-around, and senior Alaska Richardson ranks No. 47 (9.865) on floor.

Oklahoma is back at No. 1 (197.57), while Florida dropped to No. 2 (197.44). Michigan continues to rank No. 3 (197.175), Alabama checks in at No. 4 (197.125) and LSU is No. 5 (197.055).

WVU’s rankings in the southeast region did not change this week. The team ranks No. 3 behind Florida and nationally ranked No. 6 Georgia. The Mountaineers also rank No. 3 on beam, No. 4 on vault and floor, and No. 5 on bars.

Millick owns three top-10 regional rankings – No. 3 all-around, No. 4 floor and No. 8 (9.815) beam. She also ranks a team-best No. 14 (9.82) on bars and No. 16 (9.815) on vault.

Sloanhoffer also owns five regional rankings. The Cornwall, N.Y., native ranks No. 4 in the all-around, No. 10 (9.805) on beam, No. 19 (9.805) on vault, No. 20 (9.77) on bars and No. 22 (9.785) on floor.

Eighty percent of the Mountaineers’ floor lineup is ranked. Richardson checks in behind Millick at No. 6, while senior Chelsea Goldschrafe and freshman Melissa Idell follow Sloanhoffer at No. 23 (9.78) and No. 25 (9.775), respectively.

Lawrence paces the vault lineup at No. 7, and Richardson follows at No. 12 (9.85). Junior Erica Smith ranks No. 19 (9.775) on bars, while classmate Amanda Carpenter and sophomore Lia Salzano rank No. 17 (9.775) and No. 21 (9.77), respectively, on beam.

The Mountaineers rank behind the Sooners in the Big 12. WVU also ranks behind OU on every event but bars, as the team checks in at No. 3.

Lawrence owns the team’s top conference ranking, as the Rocky Hill, Conn., native is No. 3 on vault. Richardson follows at No. 7, while Millick and Sloanhoffer rank No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.

Millick is the only Mountaineer with five conference rankings, as she also ranks No. 5 on floor and in the all-around, and No. 8 on bars and beam.

Richardson also ranks No. 6 on floor, while Sloanhoffer ranks No. 6 in the all-around and No. 9 on beam. Smith and Carpenter rank No. 10 on bars and beam, respectively.

The Mountaineers conclude their regular season at home against Maryland and Rutgers on Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. The meet is a “Dollar Day,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coke products available for purchase for just one dollar each. Additionally, seniors Millick, Goldschrafe and Richardson will be honored at the meet’s conclusion.