MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Feb. 1, 2021) – The West Virginia University gymnastics team continues to rank in the top 25 of the Road to Nationals Rankings on floor exercise.
The Mountaineers (0-2, 0-2) rank in the top 25 on floor for the second consecutive week, sharing the No. 24 spot with Towson. WVU earned its event ranking based on a season average of 48.950. West Virginia sits just outside the top 25 on balance beam at No. 27 (48.613 avg.). WVU also ranks No. 33 on uneven bars (48.600 avg.) and is tied at No. 35 on vault (48.675 avg.).
Tied for No. 26 in last week’s rankings, the Mountaineers fell to No. 30 (194.838 avg.) overall following a 195.850-194.775 loss to then-No. 3 Oklahoma on Jan. 31, inside the Lloyd Noble Center, in Norman, Oklahoma.
Florida ranks No. 1 this week with a 197.506 season average. LSU (197.008 avg.) is No. 2, and Utah (197.000 avg.) follows at No. 3. Arkansas (196.775 avg.) ranks No. 4, while Oklahoma (196.606 avg.) rounds out the top five.
Alabama (196.581 avg.) sits at No. 6, Michigan (196.538 avg.) follows at No. 7 and Denver (196.483 avg.) ranks No. 8. UCLA (196.450 avg.) comes in at No. 9, and Iowa completes the top 10 with a 196.442 season average.
Individually, McKenna Linnen and junior Kendra Combs are nationally ranked inside the top 60 on floor. The duo is currently tied at No. 52 after scoring matching 9.85s for the second consecutive week to lead the Mountaineers’ floor rotation.
West Virginia ranks No. 6 overall in the Southeast Region and sits .100 points behind NC State, who ranks No. 5 and holds an average score of 194.983. The Mountaineers rank as high as No. 4 on beam for the second consecutive week. Additionally, the squad moved up on spot to No. 5 on bars and is tied at No. 5 on floor with Towson. WVU also comes in at No. 6 on vault.
Linnen and Combs are tied at No. 7 on floor in the Southeast Region. Junior Esperanza Abarca also sits inside the top 10 regionally on beam, as she paces the Mountaineer lineup with a season average of 9.8 and is tied at No. 9 with Georgia’s Rachael Lukacs.
WVU continues to rank No. 4 overall in the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers also sit at No. 4 in all four events, with the exception of the floor lineup checking in at No. 3.
Linnen and Combs owns the team’s top conference ranking and is tied at No. 3 on floor. Sophomore Emily Holmes-Hackerd also checks in at No. 8 (9.838 avg.) in this week’s rankings after matching her career-high score of 9.85 last weekend.
The Mountaineers return to Morgantown for a Big 12 Conference meet against No. 17 Iowa State (1-1, 1-1) on Sunday, Feb. 7. Competition is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET and will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, the conference’s digital platform.
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Due to ongoing COVID-19 protocols, and for the overall safety of spectators at indoor events, attendance will be capped at 1,500 spectators. Priority will be given to families and guests of the gymnasts and gymnastics coaching staffs, along with a limited number of WVU students and fans. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by visiting WVUGAME.com or calling 1-800-WVU GAME to avoid lines at the gate on meet day.
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