MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Despite ending its 2013 regular season with two overwhelming victories at the WVU Coliseum, the West Virginia University gymnastics team fell four spots to No. 25 in this week’s GymInfo Poll.
The Mountaineers’ (13-7, 1-1 Big 12) ranking is based on their 195.78 regional qualifying score (RQS). While WVU notched its fifth 196.0+ mark (196.05) at home on March 15 in wins over Maryland (194.8) and Rutgers (194.175), the first squad in program history to score 196.0 or better in each of its home competitions, the team’s RQS did not change, as the Mountaineers’ point total matched its lowest score at the Coliseum this season.
WVU continues to rank nationally on three events, but the team did drop in every poll this week. The Mountaineers rank No. 21 (49.135) on vault, No. 22 (48.95) on beam and No. 23 (49.1) on floor. The squad also ranks No. 41 (48.71) on bars.
Three Mountaineers combine for four national rankings. Freshman Jaida Lawrence
ranks No. 34 (9.89) on vault, while junior Hope Sloanhoffer
checks in at No. 38 (39.145) in the all-around. Additionally, senior Kaylyn Millick
is ranked No. 39 (39.14) in the all-around and No. 48 (9.875) on floor.
There were a few changes at the top of this week’s poll. Florida jumped Oklahoma for the No. 1 (197.7) spot, while the Sooners fell to No. 2 (197.57). Alabama pushed ahead to No. 3 (197.26), and Michigan fell back one spot to No. 4 (197.175). Georgia jumped one spot and ranks No. 5 (197.16).
The Mountaineers rank No. 4 overall in the southeast region. The team also ranks No. 4 on vault, beam and floor, and No. 6 on beam.
Millick is the only Mountaineer with five regional rankings. The Washington, Pa., native checks in at No. 6 on floor, No. 7 in the all-around, No. 14 (9.815) on beam, a team-best No. 16 (9.82) on bars and No. 18 (9.815) on vault.
Sloanhoffer, a native of Cornwall, N.Y., is regionally ranked on four events. She ranks No. 6 in the all-around, a WVU-best No. 12 (9.82) on beam, No. 20 (9.81) on vault and No. 24 (9.805) on floor.
Lawrence paces the vault unit at No. 8, while senior Alaska Richardson
checks in at No. 13 (9.86). Richardson also ranks No. 10 (9.865) on floor.
Junior Erica Smith
and sophomore Lia Salzano
rank No. 24 on bars (9.78) and beam (9.785), respectively.
The Mountaineers rank No. 2 overall in the Big 12 Conference behind the Sooners. WVU also ranks No. 2 on vault, beam and floor, and No. 3 on bars.
Four Mountaineers rank within the conference’s top 10 on vault, led by Lawrence’s No. 3 ranking. Richardson follows at No. 6, while Millick and Sloanhoffer rank No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.
Millick owns five conference rankings, as she also ranks No. 5 on floor, No. 6 in the all-around, No. 8 on bars and No. 9 on beam.
Sloanhoffer also ranks No. 5 in the all-around and No. 8 on beam, while Richardson checks in at No. 6 on floor. Additionally, Salzano ranks No. 10 on beam.
The Mountaineers will fight for the conference crown at the Big 12 Championships Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m. EST, at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum, in Ames, Iowa.