Jan. 29, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota junior gymnast Kayla Slechta stands alone atop the national vault rankings this week with an average score of 9.942 through Minnesota's first three meets.
Slechta 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 Jan. 19. On Saturday, she once again scored a 9.950, as the Gophers defeated then-No. 1 Michigan, No. 20 Central Michigan and Iowa State.
Slechta had been tied for first last week with Maryland's Katy Dodds. Slechta is joined on the list by sophomore Jenny Covers, who is tied for 17th on vault with an average score of 9.883, and sophomore Kylie Schermann is tied for 20th at 9.875.
In addition, freshman Hanna Nordquist is tied for 16th on balance beam with an average score of 9.850 after winning that event versus Washington and equaling that score on Saturday. Nordquist captured the balance beam title at the 2012 JO Nationals.
On floor exercise, sophomore Cierra Tomson is tied for 20th with a 9.875 average after making her dubut on the event last weekend, while Slechta is tied for 23rd with an average score of 9.867.
As a team, Minnesota is tied with Georgia for fourth on vault with an average of 49.275, is fifth on floor exercise (49.233), 14th on beam (48.817), and tied for 29th on bars (48.633).
Minnesota travels to Michigan State this week for a Big Ten meet with the Spartans on Friday at 6:00 p.m. CT. The Gophers' next home meet is set for Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4:00 p.m. CT versus Illinois.
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