Three Gymnasts Nationally Ranked

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • February 24, 2014 05:33 PM
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Senior Hope Sloanhoffer is ranked No. 29 nationally, No. 1 in the Big 12, in the all-around.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three West Virginia University gymnasts are nationally ranked in this week’s GymInfo Poll.
Today’s rankings are the first of the season based on regional qualifying score (RQS). RQS is calculated by taking a squad’s six highest scores, three of which must be from a road meet, dropping the top score and averaging the remaining five marks.
Senior Hope Sloanhoffer ranks No. 29 in the all-around with a 39.04 RQS, while freshman Nicolette Swoboda checks in at No. 50 (38.725). Additionally, freshman Alexa Goldberg ranks No. 48 on the uneven bars with a 9.83 RQS; the Ivyland, Pa., native has earned a national ranking each week this season.
LSU is the nation’s No. 1-ranked team for the first time this season with a 197.47 RQS. Oklahoma and Florida drop to No. 2 (197.405) and No. 3 (197.365), respectively. Alabama is No. 4 (197.14), and Utah is No. 5 (197.015).
Regionally, the Mountaineers rank No. 4 in the Southeast with a 194.255 RQS. The squad is No. 3 (48.785) on bars, No. 4 (48.81) on vault, No. 5 (48.355) on beam and No. 6 (48.6) on floor.
Sloanhoffer owns five regional rankings. The Cornwall, N.Y., native is No. 5 in the all-around, No. 10 (9.84) on vault, No. 13 on bars (9.815) and floor (9.8), and No. 25 (9.675) on beam.
Goldberg paces the bars unit at No. 10, and senior Erica Smith and sophomore Jaida Lawrence follow at No. 19 (9.755) and No. 25 (9.685), respectively.
Lawrence also ranks No. 12 (9.83) on vault, with Swoboda following at No. 17 (9.79).
Junior Beth Deal ranks a team-best No. 10 (9.735) on beam, and Swoboda ranks No. 22 (9.695). Swoboda, a Westbury, N.Y., native, also ranks No. 9 in the all-around.
Junior Dayah Haley and sophomore Melissa Idell rank No. 17 (9.75) and No. 22 (9.72), respectively, on floor.
The Mountaineers are the Big 12 Conference’s No. 2-ranked team. The squad also ranks No. 2 on vault and bars, and No. 3 on beam and floor.
Sloanhoffer is the conference’s No. 1-ranked all-around gymnast. She is the first Mountaineer to own the Big 12’s top spot in the all-around. Sloanhoffer also ranks No. 6 on vault and floor, No. 7 on bars and No. 10 on beam.
Three Mountaineers follow Sloanhoffer on vault: Lawrence at No. 7, Swoboda at No. 8 and Haley at No. 10 (9.715).
Goldberg ranks No. 6 on bars, while Smith ranks No. 10. Deal paces on beam at No. 7, and Swoboda is No. 9. Haley and Idell rank No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, on floor, and Swoboda is No. 3 in the all-around.
The Mountaineers (5-7, 0-2 Big 12) welcome No. 22 Ohio State for their WVU Coliseum regular-season finale on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. Sunday is a “Dollar Day,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for $1 each. Additionally, it is a “Gold Rush,” and gold shakers will be given to the first 200 fans, courtesy of Coke Zero. Fans also are encouraged to wear gold. Finally, WVU will honor its four seniors – Sloanhoffer, Smith, Amanda Carpenter and Bethany Yurko – following the competition.