MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University sophomore Kirah Koshinski
was named to the 2017 All-Big 12 Gymnastics Vault Team, as announced this afternoon by the conference office.
The honor is the second award for the Berwick, Pennsylvania, native in as many seasons. Koshinski is the first Mountaineer gymnast to earn multiple career All-Big 12 honors, and the vault accolade is the program’s third since 2013.
“Kirah trains with purpose every day. Through her personal commitment and desire to lead this team to our goals, she has demonstrated leadership and dedication all season,” Mountaineer coach Jason Butts said. “I couldn’t be more proud of Kirah, and I’m looking forward to her continued representation of WVU gymnastics.”
Seven gymnasts from top-ranked Oklahoma earned 14 All-Big 12 honors, including a conference-best five accolades for freshman Maggie Nichols.
The All-Big 12 team includes the top three conference gymnasts with the highest regional qualifying score (RQS) in each even and two all-around competitors. RQS figures are based off the March 13 Road to Nationals Rankings.
Koshinski is tied with OU’s A.J. Jackson for fourth place in the Big 12 on vault with a 9.9 RQS. She ranks No. 13 nationally and No. 5 in the Southeast region. Nichols and teammate Brenna Dowell rank first with a 9.35 RQS, while Denver’s Maddie Karr shows a 9.3 RQS.
A 2016 NACGC/W Regular Season All-America Vault Second Team honoree, Koshinski ranks No. 5 in WVU history with 10 career vault scores of 9.9 or better, five of which she has earned this season. Koshinski has scored below 9.825 just once all year and earned a career-best 9.95 in a victory at Pitt on March 3. She has reached the vault podium eight times this year and shows a team-best 9.868 average.
A three-event specialist, Koshinski also has competed in balance beam and floor in all 11 meets this season and ranks No. 6 in the Big 12, No. 18 nationally, on floor with a 9.905 RQS. She has not scored below 9.85 on the event this season and has earned seven wins. Koshinski earned a career-high matching 9.95 on floor twice this year and set a career high on beam with a 9.85 showing on Feb. 26. She paces the team with 21 combined podium finishes.
The Mountaineers (12-8, 2-1) compete against the Sooners, Pioneers and Iowa State at the 2017 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 18, at 5 p.m. ET, inside the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas. FloGymnastics will provide coverage of the championship on FloGymnastics.com.
Tickets for the championship are available now for purchase at Big12Sports.com. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for youth (ages 3-12) and $5 for groups of 10 or more.