Mountaineers, Goldberg Earn Bars Rankings

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • February 17, 2014 01:43 PM
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Since opening her WVU career with a 9.925 score, freshman Alexa Goldberg has earned a national bars ranking each week this season.
Photo by Cordell Hoffer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University gymnastics team, along with freshman Alexa Goldberg, are nationally ranked on the uneven bars in this week’s GymInfo Poll.
The Mountaineers (5-4, 0-1 Big 12) check in at No. 22 this week with a 48.813 season average. Goldberg, an Ivyland, Pa., native, ranks No. 32 with a 9.846 average. The rookie bars and floor specialist has earned a national ranking each week this season.
Today’s rankings are based on season average. Rankings will be based on regional qualifying scores (RQS) beginning next Monday.
All three of the Mountaineers’ Perfect 10 Challenge opponents are nationally ranked this week. Following a first-place finish at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, on Feb. 15, with a nation-best score of 198.175, Oklahoma has regained the No. 1 spot with a 197.446 average. Florida is No. 2 (197.392), LSU is No. 3 (197.379) and Utah and Alabama are No. 4 (197.135) and No. 5 (197.025), respectively. WVU will meet the Sooners, the Crimson Tide and No. 7 Michigan (196.65) this Friday, Feb. 21, at the challenge, held at the Cox Arena and Convention Center, in Oklahoma City, at 8 p.m. ET.    
Regionally, the Mountaineers are No. 4 (194.458) in the Southeast. The squad ranks No. 3 on bars and No. 5 on vault (48.725), beam (48.296) and floor (48.625).
Senior Hope Sloanhoffer owns four regional rankings. The Cornwall, N.Y., native is No. 6 (38.962) in the all-around, a team-best No. 11 (9.825) on vault, No. 12 (9.821) on bars and No. 25 (9.708) on floor.
Freshman Nicolette Swoboda and sophomore Melissa Idell also own multiple regional rankings. Swoboda, a Westbury, N.Y., native, ranks No. 13 (38.754) in the all-around and No. 17 (9.804) on vault, while Idell, a native of Newark, Del., ranks No. 18 (9.7) on beam and a team-best No. 20 (9.733) on floor.  
Sophomore Jaida Lawrence falls between Sloanhoffer and Swoboda in the vault rankings and checks in at No. 13 (9.821). Junior Dayah Haley ranks No. 21 (9.729) on floor.
Goldberg paces the bars unit and ranks No. 8. Senior Erica Smith follows Sloanhoffer at No. 15 (9.767). 
Senior Amanda Carpenter ranks a team-best No. 11 (9.756) on beam, and junior Beth Deal follows Idell at No. 24 (9.654).
The Mountaineers rank behind the Sooners at No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference. WVU also ranks No. 2 on vault, bars, and No. 3 on beam and floor.
Sloanhoffer and Swoboda rank No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, in the all-around. Sloanhoffer also ranks No. 7 on vault and No. 9 on bars, while Swoboda ranks No. 10 on vault.
Idell ranks No. 10 on beam and floor, while Goldberg and Carpenter pace the bars and beam units at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.
The Mountaineers are coming off a 194.45-194.125 victory over Pitt on Feb. 14 at the WVU Coliseum. Sloanhoffer scored her fifth straight all-around victory with a 38.7 showing. The Mountaineers took at least a share of each individual competition. Lawrence won vault (9.85), Goldberg won bars (9.825), Carpenter tied for the beam victory (9.8), and Sloanhoffer, Haley and freshman Mackenzie Myers shared the floor win (9.8).
WVU travels to Oklahoma City Wednesday, with a practice session scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Cox Arena and Convention Center. A link for live stats for Friday’s meet can be found at WVUSports.com, and television information will be released later this week. The meet will not be streamed online.