Four Gymnasts Ranked Nationally

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • March 25, 2013 01:13 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four West Virginia University gymnasts are nationally ranked in this week’s GymInfo Poll.

Senior Kaylyn Millick leads the pack and is ranked No. 27 nationally in the all-around with a 39.3 regional qualifying score (RQS). The Washington, Pa., native finished second overall at the Big 12 Championship on March 23 with a 39.2 score. She has scored 39.0 or better in every meet but one since Feb. 1.

Junior Hope Sloanhoffer ranks No. 42 (39.16) in the all-around, while freshman Jaida Lawrence ranks No. 43 (9.89) on vault and senior Alaska Richardson ranks No. 48 (9.88) on floor.

The Mountaineers (13-9, 1-3) rank just outside the top 25 this week at No. 26 (195.78). The squad is nationally ranked No. 21 on vault (49.15) and beam (48.99). WVU also ranks No. 26 (49.1) on floor and No. 46 (48.71) on bars.

Florida, the Southeastern Conference champion, ranks No. 1 with a 197.84 RQS. Oklahoma, the two-time Big 12 Conference champion, ranks No. 2 (197.57). Alabama ranks No. 3 (197.415), while Georgia is No. 4 (197.26) and Michigan is No. 5 (197.235).

WVU ranks No. 4 in the southeast region. The team is No. 3 on beam, No. 4 on vault and floor, and No. 6 on bars.

Four Mountaineers rank on beam: Sloanhoffer (No. 13, 9.83), Millick (No. 15, 9.825) and sophomores Beth Deal (No. 20, 9.805) and Lia Salzano (No. 22, 9.795).

Millick owns a team-best five regional rankings. In addition to her beam ranking, she also checks in at No. 4 in the all-around, No. 9 (9.875) on floor, a team-best No. 16 (9.82) on bars and No. 18 (9.825) on vault.

Lawrence leads the vaulting crew and checks in at No. 9. Richardson ranks No. 13 (9.865), and Sloanhoffer ranks No. 23 (9.81). Richardson also ranks a team-best No. 8 on floor.

Sloanhoffer, No. 8 in the all-around, is tied with junior Erica Smith at No. 24 (9.78) on bars.

Despite finishing third at the Big 12 Gymnastics Championship, the Mountaineers continue to rank No. 2 in the conference. WVU also ranks No. 2 on vault, beam and floor, and No. 3 on bars.

Millick, the conference’s No. 4-ranked gymnast, ranks No. 6 on floor, No. 8 on bars and No. 9 on vault and beam.

Sloanhoffer ranks No. 6 in the all-around, No. 8 on beam and No. 10 on vault, while Richardson ranks No. 4 on floor and No. 7 on vault.

Lawrence ranks a team-best No. 5 on vault, and Deal ranks No. 10 on beam.

WVU scored 194.675 at its first-ever Big 12 Championships on Saturday, at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum. The team finished second on vault (49.1) and beam (48.975), and third on floor (48.725) and bars (47.875).

The Mountaineers are assured the No. 5 seed at the NCAA Morgantown Regional Championships, set for April 6, at 6 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. The rest of the field will be announced today, at 3 p.m., at NCAA.com.