Goldberg, Sloanhoffer Nationally Ranked


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
February 03, 2014 12:30 PM
Senior Hope Sloanhoffer, the reigning Big 12 Gymnast of the Week, ranks No. 50 in the all-around in today's GymInfo Poll.
Photo by Cordell Hoffer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – West Virginia University gymnasts Alexa Goldberg and Hope Sloanhoffer are nationally ranked in this week’s GymInfo Poll.
 
Goldberg, a freshman from Ivyland, Pa., is ranked on the uneven bars for the fourth straight week and checks in at No. 26 (9.85 avg.) today. Sloanhoffer, a senior from Cornwall, N.Y., is ranked No. 50 in the all-around with a 38.938 avg.
 
The Mountaineers are up one spot on the uneven bars this week and rank No. 18 (48.838 avg.). Though the squad still stands on the outside of the nation’s top 25, WVU did move up two spots to No. 28 (194.531 avg.) this week.
 
Florida is the nation's new No. 1 with a 197.413 avg., and Oklahoma drops to No. 2 (197.294 avg.). LSU ranks No. 3 (197.225 avg.), Utah is No. 4 (196.963 avg.) and Georgia is No. 5 (196.871 avg.).
 
Regionally, the Mountaineers maintain their No. 4 overall ranking in the Southeast. The squad continues to rank No. 3 (48.838 avg.) on bars and No. 4 (48.775 avg.) on vault. WVU is up one spot to No. 5 on beam (48.338) and up two spots to No. 5 on floor (48.581 avg.).
 
Sloanhoffer and freshman Nicolette Swoboda own three regional ranking each. Sloanhoffer ranks No. 7 in the all-around, a team-best No. 12 (9.819 avg.) on vault and No. 12 (9.819 avg.) on bars. Swoboda checks in at No. 8 (38.831 avg.) in the all-around, No. 15 (9.8 avg.) on vault and No. 21 (9.688 avg.) on beam.
 
Sophomore Jaida Lawrence is tied with Swoboda at No. 15 on vault and also ranks No. 21 (9.713 avg.) on bars and No. 23 (9.7 avg.) on floor. Goldberg ranks a team-best No. 7 on bars, while senior Erica Smith follows at No. 17 (9.781 avg.).
 
Smith paces the beam unit and ranks No. 18 (9.706 avg.), and senior Amanda Carpenter checks in at No. 19 (9.7 avg.). Sophomore Melissa Idell ranks a team-best No. 17 (9.794 avg.) on floor, and junior Dayah Haley ranks No. 21 (9.712 avg.).
 
The Mountaineers rank No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference behind the top-ranked Sooners. WVU also ranks No. 2 on vault and bars, and No. 3 on beam and floor.
 
Sloanhoffer and Swoboda rank No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the all-around. Sloanhoffer also ranks No. 7 on vault and No. 8 on bars, while Swoboda, along with Lawrence, ranks No. 9 on vault.
 
Goldberg is tied at No. 3 on bars, and Smith follows at No. 10. Smith also ranks No. 10 on beam, and Idell ranks No. 9 on floor.
 
The Mountaineers tallied a season-best 195.5 in wins over Towson (192.425) and George Washington (191.825) on Feb. 2. Sloanhoffer scored 39.325 for her third straight all-around crown, while Swoboda scored 39.075, her first career 39.0+ score, and finished second. Sloanhoffer finished first on bars (9.825), beam (9.825) and floor (9.875), while Swoboda scored career highs on vault (9.875), bars (9.75) and floor (9.775). Swoboda’s vault showing was the meet’s top score.
 
WVU competes at Iowa State on Friday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET, at Hilton Coliseum, in Ames, Iowa. The meet is the squad’s first regular-season Big 12 competition away from the WVU Coliseum.



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