– West Virginia University gymnasts Hope Sloanhoffer
and Alexa Goldberg
are nationally ranked in the GymInfo Poll for the second straight week.
Sloanhoffer, a senior out of Cornwall, N.Y., retains her No. 29 (39.16) ranking in the all-around and breaks into the vault rankings at No. 48 (9.855). Freshman Goldberg is nationally ranked on the uneven bars for the eighth straight week. The Ivyland, Pa., native is up 13 spots to No. 35 (9.855).
This week’s rankings are based on regional qualifying scores (RQS).
LSU stands at the top of the rankings for the second straight week with a 197.605 RQS. Florida, the Mountaineers’ next opponent, is No. 2 (197.515), while Oklahoma is No. 3 (197.415), Alabama is No. 4 (197.215) and Georgia is No. 5 (197.02).
The Mountaineers rank No. 4 in the Southeast region with a 194.465 RQS. The squad is No. 3 (48.85) on uneven bars, No. 4 (48.88) on vault, No. 5 (48.51) on beam and No. 6 (48.625) on floor.
Sloanhoffer owns five regional rankings. She is No. 5 in the all-around, No. 8 on vault, No. 13 (9.825) on bars, No. 14 (9.815) on floor and No. 19 (9.755) on beam.
Freshman Nicolette Swoboda
also owns multiple regional rankings and checks in at No. 9 (38.84) in the all-around and No. 18 (9.795) on vault.
Goldberg ranks a team-best No. 9 on bars, while senior Erica Smith
is No. 18 (9.785).
Junior Beth Deal
paces the team on beam and ranks No. 17 (9.77), while sophomore Jaida Lawrence
ranks No. 13 (9.84) on vault and junior Dayah Haley
ranks No. 21 (9.75) on floor.
The Mountaineers (6-7, 0-2 Big 12) rank No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference behind the Sooners. The squad also ranks No. 2 on vault and bars, and No. 3 on beam and floor.
Sloanhoffer also owns five Big 12 rankings. She is the conference’s No. 1-ranked all-around gymnast for the second straight week. Additionally, she ranks No. 5 on vault, No. 7 on bars and floor, and No. 10 on beam.
Swoboda ranks No. 3 in the all-around and No. 9 on vault. Lawrence checks in at No. 7 on vault.
Goldberg ranks a team-best No. 5 on bars, with Smith following at No. 10. Deal is No. 8 on beam, and Haley is No. 9 on floor.
The Mountaineers are coming off a season-best 196.175 performance in a win over then-No. 22 Ohio State (194.95) on March 2 at the WVU Coliseum. The squad tallied season highs on vault (49.15), bars (49.025) and beam (49.025).
WVU will face its fifth ranked opponent in three weeks when the team lines-up against the Gators, the defending National Champions, March 7, at 7 p.m., at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The meet will air tape-delayed on SUN Sports on March 16 at 5:30 p.m.