Sloanhoffer Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Sports Communications
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  • April 07, 2014 12:55 PM
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Hope Sloanhoffer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  - Senior gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer finished second in the all-around at the 2014 NCAA Athens Regional Championships on April 5, securing a bid to the 2014 NCAA National Championships and earning her WVU Student-Athlete of the Week honors. 
Sloanhoffer, a Cornwall, N.Y., native, competed unattached at the regional and scored 39.175. In addition to her all-around success, she also tied for the win on beam with a 9.85 score. She is WVU’s 18th individual qualifier and first since 2009. Additionally, she is the seventh Mountaineer gymnast to earn a regional event title and first since 2001. 
In addition to her winning beam score, Sloanhoffer tallied 9.8 on floor, 9.775 on bars and 9.75 on beam. 
Sloanhoffer will compete at the 2014 NCAA National Championships, April 18-20, at the Jefferson Convention Complex, in Birmingham, Ala. 
WVU Athletes of the Week
Winter 2014
Week 1: Asya Bussie, women’s basketball
Week 2: Bryce Bohman, swimming & diving
Week 3: Colin Johnston, wrestling
Week 4: Ziva Dvorsak, rifle
Week 5: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics
Week 6: Bria Holmes, women’s basketball
Week 7: Marsielle McBeam, women’s track
Week 8: Christal Caldwell, women’s basketball
Week 9: Tim Squires, swimming & diving
Week 10: Harrison Musgrave, baseball
Week 11: Garrett Spurgeon, rifle
Week 12: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics 
Week 13: Bryce Bohman, swimming & diving
Week 14: Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics 
This Week in Baseball
West Virginia will play four games this week, including an inaugural Big 12 series at Hawley Field … on Tuesday, the Mountaineers will travel to Penn State for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch … WVU will then host Oklahoma State over the weekend for the first-ever Big 12 series at Hawley Field … Friday’s game will start at 6 p.m., Saturday’s game will begin at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
Last Week in Baseball
The Mountaineers went 1-3 last week  … WVU won the season series with a 6-4 win at Pitt last Tuesday … the Mountaineers were swept at TCU over the weekend, falling 4-3 walk-off fashion on Friday … on Saturday, the teams played a doubleheader with TCU winning game one, 8-0, and winning game two, 3-1.
Notes & Quotes
WVU has an overall record of 16-11 and is 2-3 in Big 12 competition … against Pitt, WVU pounded out 11 hits, led by two hits and three RBIs off the bat of junior catcher Cam O’Brien … junior center fielder Bobby Boyd had three hits and junior third baseman Justin Fox had two hits … on Friday, for the third-consecutive weekend, junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave was in line for the win and took a no-decision … Musgrave allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings, striking out five and issuing two walks … Boyd leads WVU with a .348 batting average, while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom and junior second baseman Billy Fleming are each hitting .343
This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers do not compete this week.   
Last Week in Gymnastics
Four Mountaineers competed at the 2014 NCAA Athens Regional Championships on April 5 at Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum … senior Hope Sloanhoffer finished tied for second place in the all-around with a score of 39.175 and earned a bid to the 2014 NCAA National Championships … Sloanhoffer also tied for the beam victory with a 9.85 score, her second-highest mark of the year … she opened the meet with a 9.775 on bars prior to earning her winning beam score … she also scored 9.8 on floor and 9.75 on vault … freshman Nicolette Swoboda finished seventh overall with a 38.975 score, her third-best mark of the year … she also scored a career-high 9.75 on bars, 9.7 on beam, 9.75 on floor and 9.775 on vault … junior Beth Deal scored 9.775 on beam, the third-best mark of the meet, and finished ninth … freshman Alexa Goldberg tallied 9.85 on the uneven bars, the fourth-best score of the day, and tied for eighth place.
Notes & Quotes
Sloanhoffer is WVU’s 18th individual qualifier and first since Mehgan Morris qualified in the all-around in 2009 … she is the first Mountaineer gymnast to qualify under third-year coach Jason Butts … Sloanhoffer tied Rutgers’ Alexis Gunzelman for second in the all-around, and both earned a bid to the national championships … six gymnasts tallied the winning 9.85 mark on beam … had Sloanhoffer not advanced in the all-around, she would have advanced as the beam victor … she is the seventh Mountaineer to earn a regional event title, and the first since Kristen Macrie won floor at the 2001 North Central Regional Championships … she is the third beam champion in WVU history, and the first since Danielle Lilly won the title at the 1997 Southeast Regional … Swoboda’s total was her best score since March 2, and she outscored gymnasts from Ohio State, Central Michigan and Michigan … Deal was the seventh gymnast to compete on beam … Goldberg was the final gymnast to compete on bars, and she scored 9.8 or better nine times this season … the 2014 NCAA National Championships will take place April 18-20, at the Jefferson Convention Complex, in Birmingham, Ala., with the University of Alabama and the Alabama Sports Foundation as hosts … Sloanhoffer will compete in one of the two team competitions on April 18 … additional information regarding her team pairing and rotation order will be announced later this week.
This Week in Track
West Virginia travels to Fairfax, Va., for the George Mason Invite on Saturday, April 12.
Last Week in Track
The Mountaineers had a split weekend with the majority of the squad competing at the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational in Athens, Ohio, while the remainder of the team was split between the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.
Notes & Quotes 
At the Stanford Invitational, senior Sarah Martinelli had a career day in the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... the Morgantown, W.Va., native ran the second-best time in program history (10:17.38) ... the mark was also a personal-best time for Martinelli ... at the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational in Athens, Ohio, sophomore Marsielle McBeam placed first in the high jump with a mark of 1.65 meters.
Coach Sean Cleary: “Out west, Sarah Martinelli ran a tremendous race. Starting off with a lifetime best in her first steeple of the year is very encouraging for later this spring. Early season meets are a good opportunity to work out the rust from the winter. We will look for bigger marks over the next few weeks.”
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia tennis team concludes its regular season against Iowa State on Sunday, April 13, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club at 11 a.m.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers dropped a pair of Big 12 Conference road matches, falling to No. 18 Oklahoma, 7-0, and No. 22 Oklahoma State, 7-0, on April 4 and 5, respectively.
Notes & Quotes
WVU is 3-16 this season and 0-8 in conference play … sophomore Hailey  Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal snapped their losing skid in doubles, defeating the Cowgirls’ Carla Tur Mari and Maria Alvarez, 8-7 (5) … the victory for the duo was its 15th since teaming up last season.
This Week in Rowing
The West Virginia rowing team travels to West Windsor, N.J., for the Knecht Cup Regatta on April 12-13.
Last Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers tallied four second place finishes on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind., in a dual against Indiana.
Notes & Quotes
The two squads raced two flights of the 2000 meter course … in round one of racing, the Mountaineers “A” varsity eight crew completed the course in 7:10.2, while WVU’s “B” crew crossed in 7:19.2 … in varsity fours, the Mountaineers “A” boat trailed the Hoosiers’ lone varsity four crew by seven seconds, finishing in 7:50.6 … WVU’s “B” boat came in at 8:18.5. In the second round of varsity eights, the Mountaineers “A” crew finished in 7:22.6, while the “B” boat crossed in 7:20.0 … WVU’s “A” varsity four crew recorded an 8:05.6 on its second run, while the “B” boat took third in the flight with an 8:28.7 …  in the novice varsity eights, the Mountaineers’ novice crew finished in 7:32.5, while the third varsity crew came in at 8:02.9 in the first flight … in the second flight, the novice boat recorded a 7:46.2 and the third varsity crew an 8:23.0. 
Coach Jimmy King: “I’m disappointed in our overall results. Indiana is a stronger, faster team, so the disappointment is less in the loss to a faster program and more in our poor execution. Inconsistency continues to be an issue for our crews. After rowing and competing well in Friday afternoon’s scrimmage against the Hoosiers, the poise and execution displayed Friday was largely lacking on Saturday. The effort was there, but it was misplaced effort.”