Mountaineers remain in Top 25 of latest Road to Nationals ranking
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University’s gymnastics team’s balance beam and floor exercise rosters continue to rank in the top 25 of the On the way to the national rankings, as announced on Monday.
WVU (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) drops to No. 7 on floor exercise this week, while the team ranks No. 24 on balance beam. The Mountaineers got their event rankings based on season averages of 49.338 on floor and 48.863 on beam. Big 12 foe Oklahoma is just ahead of West Virginia on the floor, ranking No. 6 with a season average of 49.358.
West Virginia is ranked in the top 25 on floor and beam for the second straight week after debuting at No. 4 and No. 18, respectively, at the Feb. 17 events. WVU’s No. 4 ranking on the floor last week marked the highest-ranking team since at least 1998 in the Road to Nationals rankings.
In the team standings, Michigan (197.850) and Utah (197.425) remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, for the second consecutive week, while Oklahoma (197.317) moves up to No. 3. Florida drops to fourth place. in the standings with an average of 197.217, and Denver climbs into the top five, with an average of 197.067.
Oklahoma edges out the Mountaineers to take first place in the Big 12 Conference on floor, but WVU is just behind the Sooners in second. West Virginia remains third in the league on beam, while the Mountaineers also edge Iowa State for third place overall in the conference.
A trio of climbers remain in the top 50 in floor exercise this week, as junior Abbie Pierson and second Kiana Lewis are tied for No. 40. Senior Kendra Combs climbs this week to sit tied for 46, while rookie Anna Leigh is just outside the top 50 at No. 60. In the Big 12, Pierson and Lewis are tied for No. 4, Combs is tied for No. 7 and Leigh ranks No. 11.
Senior Rachel Hornung maintains her top-50 all-around ranking, slipping to 50th with an all-around average of 39.025. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native remains at No. 6 in the conference, while Combs follows at No. 7.
The Mountaineers hit the road again to face Iowa State on Friday, January 28 in Ames, Iowa. The encounter is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, inside the Hilton Coliseum and will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.