Gymnastics Duo Nationally Ranked


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
February 10, 2014 06:03 PM
Hope Sloanhoffer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the second straight week, West Virginia University gymnasts Alexa Goldberg and Hope Sloanhoffer are nationally ranked in the GymInfo Poll.
 
Sloanhoffer, a senior out of Cornwall, N.Y., is the first Mountaineer this season to score two national rankings in one week. The two-time reigning Big 12 Gymnast of the Week, she is up four spots to No. 46 (39.015) in the all-around. Additionally, she breaks into the uneven bars rankings at No. 46 (9.825).
 
Freshman Goldberg, a native of Ivyland, Pa., ranks No. 24 (9.85) on the bars, a two-spot improvement. She has earned a national ranking on the event each week this season.
 
The Mountaineers (4-4, 0-1 Big 12) continue to rank nationally on bars and check in at No. 23 (48.85).
 
This week’s rankings are based on season average. Rankings will be based on regional qualifying scores (RQS) beginning Feb. 24.
 
Three of the Mountaineers’ next six opponents are ranked within the nation’s top five. Florida, the reigning National Champions and WVU’s March 7 foe, is No. 1 (197.365). Oklahoma is No. 2 (197.3), LSU is No. 3 (197.296) and Utah and Alabama rank No. 4 (197.135) and No. 5 (196.93), respectively. The Mountaineers will face the Sooners and the Crimson Tide at The Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Feb. 21.
 
The Mountaineers continue to rank No. 4 (194.46) in the Southeast region. The squad is No. 3 on bars, No. 4 (48.68) on vault and No. 5 on beam (48.35) and floor (48.58).
 
Sloanhoffer owns a team-best four regional rankings: No. 6 all-around, No. 12 vault (9.825) and bars, and No. 20 beam (9.675).
 
Goldberg ranks a team-best No. 6 on bars. Senior Erica Smith follows Sloanhoffer at No. 15 (9.785), and sophomore Jaida Lawrence ranks No. 25 (9.7).
 
Lawrence also ranks No. 14 (9.815) on vault and No. 25 (9.7) on floor.
 
Freshman Nicolette Swoboda, the reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, ranks No. 8 (38.84) in the all-around, No. 15 (9.7) on beam and No. 18 (9.805) on vault.
Senior Amanda Carpenter ranks a team-best No. 12 (9.742) on beam, while junior Beth Deal checks in at No. 24 (9.65). Sophomore Melissa Idell paces the floor lineup with a No. 19 ranking (9.74), and junior Dayah Haley follows at No. 22 (9.715).
 
The Big 12 Conference team standings remain the same for the second straight week. WVU ranks No. 2 overall and on vault and bars, and No. 3 on beam and floor.
 
Sloanhoffer ranks No. 3 in the all-around, No. 7 on bars and No. 8 on vault. Swoboda checks in at No. 4 in the all-around and No. 10 on vault.
 
Goldberg owns the conference’s No. 4 bars ranking, and Smith follows at No. 10. Lawrence and Carpenter rank No. 9 on vault and beam, respectively.
 
The Mountaineers opened their Big 12 season with a 196.025-194.175 loss at Iowa State on Feb. 7. Despite the defeat, WVU garnered several individual victories, with Sloanhoffer winning her fourth straight all-around title with a 39.325 showing. Additionally, Lawrence won vault (9.875) and Deal tied for the beam victory (9.85).
 
The squad returns to the WVU Coliseum on Friday, Feb. 14, and welcomes Pitt for its annual “Beauty & the Beast” meet, set to begin at 6 p.m. The WVU wrestling team will compete against Clarion simultaneously. All tickets are $1, courtesy of United Bank.



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