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Goldberg Ranks No. 3 Nationally on Bars


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
January 13, 2014 01:31 PM
After one week of competition as a Mountaineer, freshman Nicolette Swoboda is nationally ranked in the all-around and owns three regional rankings.
 
Photo by Steve Prunty
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University freshman gymnast Alexa Goldberg ranks No. 3 nationally on the uneven bars in this week’s GymInfo Poll.
 
The Ivyland, Pa., native earned her ranking following her 9.925 performance at the Mountaineers’ (1-2) season opener at Kentucky on Jan. 10. She is tied at No. 3 with five gymnasts. Only Utah’s Tory Wilson and Georgia Dabritz scored higher than Goldberg last weekend.
 
Sophomore Jaida Lawrence, senior Hope Sloanhoffer and freshman Nicolette Swoboda also are nationally ranked after one week of competition. Lawrence, an All-Big 12 vaulter out of Rocky Hill, Conn., is tied at No. 31 on the event with a 9.85 average. Sloanhoffer, a Cornwall, N.Y., native, is tied at No. 36 on bars with a 9.85 average, while Swoboda, a native of Westbury, N.Y., finished in the top 10 on three events at UK and ranks No. 42 in the all-around with a 38.8 average.
 
As a team, the Mountaineers rank No. 15 nationally on the uneven bars, sporting a 48.95 average.
 
Oklahoma is the NCAA’s new No. 1, as the Sooners earned 197.7 in their 2014 season opener. LSU follows at No. 2 (197.2 avg.), while Alabama is No. 3 (197.15 avg.) and Florida and Utah are tied at No. 4 (196.65 avg.)
 
Regionally, Goldberg stands alone at No. 1 on bars in the Southeast, while Sloanhoffer is tied at No. 10. Senior Erica Smith joins the duo on the chart at No. 16 (9.8 avg.).
 
Lawrence is tied at No. 5 on vault, and Sloanhoffer is tied at No. 19 (9.75 avg.).
 
Sophomore Melissa Idell ranks No. 11 regionally on floor with a 9.8 average, and Swoboda follows at No. 14 (9.775 avg.). Junior Lia Salzano ranks No. 18 (9.725 avg.) on beam, while Smith is No. 21 (9.7 avg.) and Swoboda is tied at No. 22 (9.675 avg.).
 
Swoboda checks in at No. 6 in the all-round. Sloanhoffer joins her on the chart at No. 11 (38.325 avg.).
 
The Mountaineers rank No. 4 in the Southeast on bars and beam (48.35 avg.). The team also ranks No. 5 overall (193.7 avg.), No. 6 (48.475 avg.) on vault and No. 7 (47.925 avg.) on floor.
 
Goldberg is tied at No. 1 on bars in the Big 12 Conference. Sloanhoffer ranks No. 5 on the event, and Smith ranks No. 7.
 
Lawrence and Sloanhoffer check in at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, on vault, while Salzano ranks No. 9 on beam. Idell and Swoboda rank No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, on floor. Swoboda also ranks No. 3 in the all-around, while Sloanhoffer ranks No. 5.
 
As a team, the Mountaineers rank No. 3 overall in the Big 12. WVU ranks No. 2 on vault and bars, and No. 3 on beam and floor.
 
The Mountaineers scored 193.7 and finished third in the season-opening meet at UK last Friday. Goldberg and Lawrence scored wins on bars and vault, respectively, while Salzano placed fourth on beam and Idell finished fifth on floor with the meet’s second-best score. Swoboda placed fifth in the all-around.
 
WVU continues its season-opening road trip at Maryland on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Comcast Center, in College Park, Md.



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