Jan. 22, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota junior gymnast Kayla Slechta is tied for first nationally with an average score of 9.938 on vault through Minnesota's first two meets.
Slechta, a native of Shakopee, Minn. (Shakopee HS), scored a 9.950 on vault in the Gophers' season-opening win against then-No. 17 Washington, and she followed with a first-place score of 9.925 in Minnesota's quad meet victory at Penn State on Saturday. She actually received a perfect score of 10.0 from the head judge in the Washington meet, but the second judge gave her a 9.90.
Head coach Meg Stephenson said she can't recall the last time a Minnesota women's gymnast was ranked first nationally on an event. Slechta is tied with Maryland's Katy Dodds, who scored a 9.975 at North Carolina State on Jan. 11, and received a 9.900 in a home quad meet on Saturday.
In addition to Slechta, freshman Hanna Nordquist (Otsego, Minn/Spectrum HS) is tied for 20th on balance beam with an average score of 9.850 after winning that event versus Washington. Nordquist, who captured the balance beam title at the 2012 JO Nationals, did not compete on the event at Penn State.
Minnesota has a huge weekend ahead, as it welcomes No. 1 Michigan, No. 20 Central Michigan, and Iowa State to the Sports Pavilion on Saturday. Iowa State is the alma mater of Jim and Meg Stephenson. The meet will start at 6:00 p.m. CT.
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