Mountaineers Enter Postseason Ranked No. 23

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • March 20, 2017 02:23 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University gymnastics team is ranked No. 23 in the final Road to Nationals Rankings of the 2017 regular season.
Today’s ranking is the team’s highest position entering postseason since WVU was ranked No. 21 prior to the 2009 NCAA Regional Championships.
The Mountaineers (13-10, 3-3) dropped one spot this week based on their regional qualifying score (RQS) of 195.92.
An RQS is calculated by taking a squad’s six highest scores, three of which must be from road meets, dropping the top score and averaging the remaining five. Teams and individual gymnasts who have not yet competed in enough meets/routines to compute an RQS are not ranked this week. The top-36 ranked schools as today will qualify for the 2017 NCAA Regional Championships. Regional pairings will be announced live at NCAA.com at 4 p.m.
According to the Road to Nationals site, the Mountaineers are a mathematical lock for the 2017 NCAA Regional Championships. WVU will play host to the NCAA Morgantown Regional on Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Tickets are on sale now at WVUGAME.com.
The Mountaineers also rank No. 18 in vault (49.1) and No. 24 in floor exercise (49.17).
Sophomore Kirah Koshinski is nationally ranked No. 14 in vault (9.905) and No. 23 in floor (9.905). Junior Zaakira Muhammad ranks No. 32 in vault (9.86).
Reigning National Champion Oklahoma ranks No. 1 with a 198.01 RQS. LSU (197.865) sits at No. 2, Florida (197.635) ranks No. 3 and Utah (197.55) and UCLA (197.5) follow at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
Alabama (197.355) ranks No. 6, Michigan (197.135) ranks No. 7 and Oregon State (197.115) ranks No. 8. Denver (197.04) and Georgia (197.005) round out the top 10.
Regionally, the Mountaineers rank No. 4 overall in the Southeast. WVU sits at No. 3 in floor, No. 4 in vault and No. 5 in bars (48.935) and balance beam (48.89).
Koshinski ranks No. 4 in floor. Muhammad follows at No. 14 (9.85), and freshman Chloe Cluchey ranks No. 23 (9.83).
Koshinski also ranks No. 5 in vault, and Muhammad sits at No. 7. Junior Robyn Bernard ranks No. 17 (9.8).
Senior Alexa Goldberg paces the bars lineup and ranks No. 6 (9.87). Muhammad and sophomore Tiara Wright rank No. 13 (9.84).
Senior Brooklyn Doggette ranks No. 20 (9.82) on beam.
Following their third-place finish at the 2017 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship on March 18, the Mountaineers continue to sit at No. 3 in the conference rankings. The team also ranks No. 3 in vault and floor and No. 4 in bars and beam.
An All-Big 12 Vault Team honoree, Koshinski ranks No. 4 in the conference. She also ranks No. 6 in floor. Muhammad sits at No. 7 in vault, and Goldberg ranks No. 10 in bars. 


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