BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –
West Virginia University senior Hope Sloanhoffer
ended her Mountaineer career with a 38.725 showing at the 2014 NCAA National Championships, tonight, at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center.
Sloanhoffer, a Cornwall, N.Y., native, finished 19th in the all-around in tonight’s semifinal session. She just missed earning All-America honors, as she finished ninth on vault with a season-best 9.875 score. The top-eight places, including ties, earn All-America awards.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Hope,” says Mountaineer coach Jason Butts. “This was her first time at this event in this exciting environment, and for her to hit her first three routines was great. That fall on beam was so uncharacteristic, but she will not be defined by it. I’m very happy for the night she had.”
Sloanhoffer’s score pushes her four-year point total to 1,876.525, ranking her fifth all-time in the Mountaineer record book.
“Hope’s career has been phenomenal, and she ended her four years at WVU on a great exclamation point,” says Butts. “She’s been our rock for four seasons and elevated this program to great heights. You want to leave a program improved, and she certainly did.”
“Tonight was really amazing,” says Sloanhoffer. “I was really happy to start the meet with great showings on floor and vault. I’m so thankful and blessed to be here, and this was a great night for me.”
Following a bye in the first rotation, Sloanhoffer opened the meet in record-setting fashion, as she scored a rotation-best 9.875 on floor, good enough for 16th place. The mark matches the program’s NCAA Championships record, set by six-time All-American Kristin Quackenbush at the 1996 NCAA National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Sloanhoffer’s momentum continued on vault, as she again scored the top mark of the rotation with a season-best 9.875 score. She hit the mark six times this year.
Sloanhoffer returned to the floor in the fifth rotation after her second bye and scored 9.75 on the uneven bars, good enough for 32nd place.
The NCAA Athens Regional co-beam champion, Sloanhoffer’s career ended with a 9.225 showing on the apparatus.