MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Feb. 22, 2021) – Following another 49.0+ showing on floor exercise on Feb. 21, the West Virginia University gymnastics team moves up one spot to No. 19 on floor in this week’s Road to Nationals Rankings.
The Mountaineers (0-5, 0-5) moved up in the event rankings thanks to a 49.100 season average. WVU sits just outside the top 25 on balance beam, moving up two spots to No. 26 with a season average of 48.815. WVU also sits at No. 36 on uneven bars (48.540 avg.) and No. 40 on vault (48.665 avg.).
Additionally, the Mountaineers come in at No. 32 (195.120 avg.) nationally despite improving their overall season average.
Individually, freshman Chloe Asper is the lone Mountaineer to rank inside the top 50 nationally. Asper, a native of Hanover, Pennsylvania, is tied at No. 38 on beam (9.85 avg.) after scoring a career-high 9.9 to lead the Mountaineers’ lineup last weekend. She competed in the event for just the second time this season and tied for first overall at Denver.
For the fourth consecutive week, the Mountaineers rank No. 6 overall in the Southeast Region. WVU moves up one spot to No. 3 on floor and continues to rank No. 4 on beam and No. 5 on bars. West Virginia also sits at No. 7 on vault.
Junior Kendra Combs leads four Mountaineer gymnasts in the top-25 regional rankings on floor, sitting at No. 8 with a season average of 9.855. Sophomore Emily Holmes-Hackerd comes in at No. 14 (9.84 avg.), while senior McKenna Linnen checks in at No. 17 (9.83 avg.). Sophomore Kianna Yancey completes the top 25 with a 9.8 season average.
Asper leads the Mountaineers on beam, coming in at No. 6. Yancey is tied at No. 10 (9.813 avg.), followed by Linnen, who is tied at No. 23 (9.74 avg.).
Combs also paces WVU on bars with a 9.78 season average to rank No. 16 regionally. Abarca sits in a three-way tie at No. 17 with a season average of 9.775.
Additionally, Yancey ranks No. 19 (38.575 avg.) in the all-around, with Holmes-Hackerd trailing at No. 22 (38.025 avg.).
WVU continues to rank No. 4 overall in the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers also sit at No. 3 on beam and floor and No. 4 on vault and bars.
Combs is tied at No. 6 on floor among Big 12 peers, while Holmes-Hackerd and Linnen round out the top-10 rankings, sitting at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, on floor. Asper comes in at No. 7 on beam, followed by Yancey at No. 9.
Additionally, Yancey ranks No. 8 in the all-around, followed by Holmes-Hackerd at No. 9.
Last week, West Virginia suffered a 196.550-195.350 loss to No. 9-ranked Denver on Feb. 21, inside Magness Arena, in Denver, Colorado.
Despite the team loss, the Mountaineers hit 23-for-24 routines to split the event titles with the Pioneers, finishing first on balance beam (49.175-49.125) and floor exercise (49.250-49.050). The Pioneers earned the vault (49.100-48.475) and uneven bars (49.275-48.450) team victories. WVU’s beam and floor scores were good for season highs.
Up next, WVU heads to Ames, Iowa, on Monday, March 1, to wrap up its Big 12 slate with No. 24 Iowa State. Competition is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET inside the Hilton Coliseum.