- West Virginia University gymnasts Hope Sloanhoffer
and Beth Deal
are nationally ranked in this week’s GymInfo Poll.
Sloanhoffer, a senior from Cornwall, N.Y., is up 10 spots to No. 25 in the all-around with a 39.28 regional qualifying score (RQS). She also ranks No. 49 (9.87) on vault. Deal, a junior from Parkersburg, W.Va., earns her first ranking of the season and checks in at No. 36 on beam with a 9.855 RQS.
Florida jumps LSU and ranks No. 1 with a 197.79 RQS. The Tigers drop to No. 2 (197.72), and Oklahoma ranks No. 3 (197.66). Alabama is No. 4 (197.405), and Utah is No. 5 (197.365).
The Mountaineers (6-9, 0-2 Big 12) continue to rank No. 5 (195.0) in the Southeast region. The squad ranks No. 3 (48.91) on bars, No. 4 (49.005) on vault, and No. 6 on beam (48.55) and floor (48.83).
Sloanhoffer is regionally ranked on all five events for the fourth straight week. She is No. 6 in the all-around, No. 8 (9.86) on floor, No. 11 on vault, No. 14 (9.84) on bars and No. 19 (9.795) on beam.
Freshman Nicolette Swoboda
ranks No. 12 (38.84) in the all-around and No. 19 (9.825) on vault.
Freshman Alexa Goldberg
ranks a team-best No. 11 (9.855) on bars, with senior Erica Smith
following at No. 19 (9.805). Deal is a team-best No. 8 on beam, and senior Amanda Carpenter
follows at No. 23 (9.76). Additionally, sophomore Jaida Lawrence
ranks No. 15 (9.84) on vault.
The Mountaineers’ rankings within the Big 12 Conference remain unchanged, as the squad ranks No. 2 overall and No. 2 on vault and bars, and No. 3 on beam and floor.
Sloanhoffer is the conference’s No. 1-ranked gymnast for the fourth straight week. She owns a conference-best all-around average of 39.022. She also ranks No. 4 on floor, No. 5 on vault, No. 8 on bars and No. 9 on beam.
Deal ranks No. 4 on beam, and Goldberg ranks No. 7 on bars. Lawrence and Smith rank No. 8 on vault and No. 10 on bars, respectively, while Swoboda ranks No. 3 in the all-around and No. 9 on vault. Additionally, junior Dayah Haley
is No. 10 (9.775) on floor.
The Mountaineers closed out their regular season with a 195.525-194.975 loss at Maryland on March 16. Sloanhoffer was stellar despite the defeat, matching her all-around career-high score of 39.5 for the win. The score ranks No. 13 in program history. She also finished first on floor (9.9), vault (9.875) and bars (9.875), and tied for second on beam (9.85). Her floor, vault and bars marks were all season highs. Deal tied Sloanhoffer on beam.
The squad returns to the WVU Coliseum this Saturday, March 22, and plays host to the first-ever Big 12 Conference sponsored event on the WVU campus, with the 2014 Big 12 Conference Championship set for 4 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Tickets are on sale now through the Mountaineer Ticket Office and can be purchased online at WVUGAME.com, by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME, or by visiting the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the Coliseum. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and groups of 10 or more can receive a special group rate of $2 per person. Additionally, tickets are free for all Big 12 Conference students with a valid student I.D.