– West Virginia University senior gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer
was named to the 2014 All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team, as announced by the conference office this afternoon.
The Cornwall, N.Y., native was one of two gymnasts to earn an all-around recognition. She is the first WVU gymnast to score an all-around award and the second Mountaineer in two years to earn an All-Big 12 honor. Sophomore Jaida Lawrence
earned a vault award in 2013.
“It’s a really big honor and a blessing to earn an All-Big 12 honor in my final season as a Mountaineer,” says Sloanhoffer. “I’m very happy I can represent West Virginia on the All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team.”
No. 3-ranked Oklahoma earned seven selections, while Iowa State received two.
The all-conference team includes the top three gymnasts with the highest regional qualifying score (RQS) in each event and two all-around competitors. RQS figures are based off the final regular-season GymInfo Poll, released on March 17.
Sloanhoffer ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 with a 39.28 RQS. She has owned the conference’s top ranking each of the last four weeks. Sloanhoffer is up 10 spots to No. 25 in this week’s national ranking and also ranks No. 6 in the Southeast region.
Sloanhoffer, a two-time 2014 Big 12 Gymnast of the Week honoree, has enjoyed a stellar season, as she has hit career highs in the all-around and on floor. Most recently, she matched her all-around career-high score of 39.5 in a first-place showing at Maryland on March 16. She also tied for the floor win with a career-best 9.9, a mark she also hit on Jan. 26. Additionally, she hit for a season-high 9.875 on bars and vault for the event wins; Sloanhoffer has scored 9.875 on vault five times this season. She also owns a season-best mark of 9.875 on beam.
All told, Sloanhoffer earned 19 event wins this season, including seven all-around victories. She has scored 39.0 or better six times, bringing her career total to 24, and she is tied with Kristen Macrie (1999-02) at No. 2 in the Mountaineer record book. Additionally, she shows 1,759.2 career points and ranks No. 9 on WVU’s all-time list.
The Mountaineers (6-9, 0-2 Big 12) return to the WVU Coliseum this Saturday, March 22, and play 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. Fox Sports Network will broadcast the championship on a tape-delay basis. ROOT Sports Pittsburgh will air the meet locally on Friday, March 28, at noon.
Tickets for the championship 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.