Goldberg Maintains Top-Five Bars Ranking

By Shannon McNamara for
January 20, 2014 01:39 PM
WVU freshman Alexa Goldberg has finished first on bars in each of her collegiate meets.
Photo by Cordell Hoffer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With two weeks of college competition to her name, West Virginia University freshman gymnast Alexa Goldberg continues to rank in the top five nationally on bars, as she checks in at No. 4 in this week’s GymInfo Poll.
The Ivyland, Pa., native owns a 9.9 season average. Goldberg ranked No. 3 last week, and her season-best mark of 9.925 is the third-best score earned by a gymnast this year.
The Mountaineers (1-3) rank No. 16 nationally on bars with a 48.863 average. The squad ranks No. 33 (193.6 avg.) overall and checks in at No. 31 (48.688 avg.) on vault, No. 41 (47.888 avg.) on beam and No. 46 (48.163 avg.) on floor.
Oklahoma and LSU continue to rank No. 1 (197.188 avg.) and No. 2 (197.038 avg.), respectively. Florida is up one spot to No. 3 (196.863 avg.), while Utah stays steady at No. 4 (196.763 avg.). Michigan is up three spots to No. 5 (196.663 avg.).
The Mountaineers rank No. 4 overall in the Southeast region. The team ranks No. 3 on bars, No. 4 on vault, No. 6 on beam and No. 7 on floor.
Goldberg ranks No. 3 regionally on bars. Seniors Hope Sloanhoffer and Erica Smith rank No. 10 (9.813 avg.) and No. 12 (9.8 avg.) on the event.
Sloanhoffer and sophomore Jaida Lawrence rank a team-best No. 11 (9.813 avg.) on vault. Freshman Nicolette Swoboda follows at No. 20 (9.762 avg.).
Junior Lia Salzano continues to pace the team on beam and ranks No. 17 (9.7 avg.). Swoboda and Smith follow at No. 19 (9.663 avg.) and No. 22 (9.625 avg.), respectively.
Sophomore Melissa Idell ranks No. 22 (9.75 avg.) on floor, while Swoboda ranks No. 25 (9.688 avg.). Swoboda also ranks No. 6 (38.725 avg.) in the all-around, and Sloanhoffer follows at No. 8 (38.537 avg.).
The Mountaineers rank No. 3 overall in the Big 12 Conference. The squad ranks No. 2 on vault and bars, and No. 3 on beam and floor.
Goldberg owns the conference’s top bars ranking. Sloanhoffer trails at No. 6, and Smith ranks No. 8.
Sloanhoffer and Lawrence rank No. 6 on vault, with Swoboda following at No. 9.
Salzano is the lone Mountaineer ranked on beam and checks in at No. 10. Idell and Swoboda rank No. 8 and No. 10, respectively, on floor. Swoboda is No. 3 in the all-around, and Sloanhoffer is No. 5.
The Mountaineers open their 2014 home season on Sunday, Jan. 26, against NC State, at 3 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Sunday is a “Dollar Day,” and all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas will be available for $1 each. WVU students get in for free with a valid WVU student I.D.
Sunday also is a “Poster Day,” and fans may pick up a 2014 schedule poster featuring the Mountaineers.

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