Mountaineers Stand Steady in National Rankings

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • February 13, 2017 04:04 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Nearing the midpoint of the regular season, the West Virginia University gymnastics team maintains pace with the top teams nationally, as the Mountaineers again sit at No. 24 in the Road to Nationals Rankings.
WVU’s ranking is based upon its 195.108 season average. The Mountaineers (6-4, 1-1) also rank No. 16 (49.017) on vault and No. 25 (48.921) on floor exercise.
Individually, sophomore Kirah Koshinski checks in at No. 16 (9.875) on vault and No. 17 (9.887) on floor. Junior Zaakira Muhammad follows in the vault rankings at No. 28 (9.854), and senior Alexa Goldberg ranks No. 30 (9.85) on uneven bars.
Oklahoma (197.813) continues to sit atop the rankings and is followed by LSU (197.579) at No. 2, Florida (197.521) at No. 3, UCLA (197.025) at No. 4 and Utah (196.879) at No. 5.
Alabama (196.725) ranks No. 6, and Boise State (196.405) sits at No. 7. Michigan (196.338) checks in at No. 8, and Kentucky (196.257) and Georgia (196.229) round out the top 10.
Regionally, the Mountaineers retain their No. 4 ranking. WVU also ranks No. 3 on vault, No. 4 on floor and bars (48.704) and No. 6 (48.467) on balance beam.
Koshinski and Goldberg rank No. 4 on floor and bars, respectively. Koshinski also ranks No. 6 on vault, and Goldberg sits at No. 18 (38.742) in the all-around.
Muhammad follows Koshinski in the vault and floor rankings and sits at No. 8 and No. 16 (9.821), respectively. Junior Robyn Bernard ranks No. 22 (9.792) on floor, and freshman Kassidy Cumber follows at No. 23 (9.785).
Sophomore Tiara Wright ranks No. 9 (9.829) on bars. Classmate Carly Galpin paces the beam lineup and ranks No. 23 (9.756).
There is no movement for the Mountaineers in the Big 12 Conference rankings this week. The team continues to sit at No. 3 overall and also ranks No. 2 on vault, No. 3 on floor and No. 4 on bars and beam.
Koshinski ranks No. 4 in the Big 12 on vault and floor. Muhammad sits at No. 7 in the vault rankings.
Goldberg ranks No. 5 on bars and No. 8 in the all-around. Wright and Galpin rank No. 10 on bars and beam, respectively.
The Mountaineers are coming off a third place, 194.575 showing at Towson on Feb. 12. WVU has scored 195.5 or better in three of its last four meets.
WVU closes a three-week swing away from Morgantown with a dual meet at No. 19 Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m., inside St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. 


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