MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Jan. 25, 2021) – The balance beam and floor exercise lineups of the West Virginia University gymnastics team enters the top 25 of the Road to Nationals Rankings, as announced on Monday.
WVU (0-1, 0-1) is tied at No. 19 nationally on beam and ranks No. 22 overall on floor. The Mountaineers’ rankings are based on their scores earned in the team’s season-opening meet against the then-No. 2-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 22, at the WVU Coliseum, in Morgantown. Despite the loss, West Virginia earned the beam (48.825) and floor (48.900) team victories.
WVU sits just outside the top 25 in this week’s team poll, sharing the No. 26 spot with Ohio State. West Virginia also ranks No. 34 on bars (48.600) and is tied for No. 34 on vault (48.575).
Florida ranks No. 1 this week with a 197.392 season average. LSU (197.008 avg.) is No. 2, and Oklahoma (196.858 avg.), WVU’s next opponent, follows at No. 3. Utah (196.842 avg.) ranks No. 4, while Denver (196.800 avg.) rounds out the top five.
Arkansas (196.742 avg.) sits at No. 6, Michigan (196.538 avg) follows at No. 7 and Alabama (196.517 avg.) ranks No. 8. Iowa (196.500 avg.) comes in at No. 9, and Georgia completes the top 10 with a 196.200 season average.
Regionally, West Virginia and North Carolina competed for the first time in the Southeast Region last week. WVU ranks No. 5 overall and sits 0.188 points behind Maryland, who ranks No. 4 and holds an average score of 195.088.
Additionally, the Mountaineers rank No. 3 overall on beam and floor in the Big 12 Conference.
Individually, senior McKenna Linnen and junior Kendra Combs are ranked in the top 50 on floor. The duo is currently tied at No. 44 nationally after scoring matching 9.85s to lead the Mountaineers’ floor rotation last weekend. They also sit inside the top five of both the regional and conference standings, ranking as high as No. 4 in the Big 12 with Denver’s Lynnzee Brown and Abbie Thompson.
The Mountaineers travel to Norman, Oklahoma, for their second consecutive dual meet with the No. 2-ranked Sooners (3-0, 1-0) on Sunday, Jan. 31, inside the Lloyd Noble Center. Competition is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET, on ESPNU.
Press Release Courtesy of West Virginia University Athletics Communications