MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University gymnastics team is ranked No. 20 in the final 2017 Road to Nationals Rankings.
The Mountaineers’ (13-10, 3-3) position is their highest in the final season rankings since sitting at No. 18 in 2007. WVU’s last postseason ranking came in 2012, when the team ranked No. 21.
WVU ended the 2016 season ranked No. 31 nationally.
“We made up 11 spots in the rankings over the course of one year of training and competition,” Mountaineer coach Jason Butts said. “It’s a tremendous feat. This postseason ranking shows the upward trend our program is taking. We are much closer to reaching our goal of being a seeded team at the NCAA Regional Championships next season.”
A team’s final ranking is based on its national qualifying score (NQS), which is composed of a team’s regional meet score and its final regional qualifying score (RQS). Based on their final RQS of 195.92 and program record-setting regional score of 196.325, the Mountaineers concluded the year with a 392.245 NQS.
WVU was nationally ranked every week this season but three, the best total under Butts in his six seasons with the Mountaineers. The team entered the 2017 NCAA Morgantown Regional Championships ranked No. 23, marking the first time since 2009 WVU was ranked at the postseason championships.
Seeded fifth, the Mountaineers concluded the year with a third place, 196.325 showing at the regional championships on April 1, at the WVU Coliseum. It was the team’s highest finish since also placing third at the 2007 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, also in Morgantown. The team’s score, a season high, topped the previous program regional record of 195.9, earned in 2012.