DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team will travel to the University of Pittsburgh to compete in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships Saturday night.
Of the seven other teams in the conference, the Wildcats have faced four of them in Maryland, N.C. State, Towson and Pittsburgh. At home this season, UNH defeated N.C. State and Maryland in the Fox Run Invitational. The Wildcats fell to Pittsburgh at home, but then defeated them at Towson last weekend. UNH also defeated Towson at Florida and lost to them at Towson.
According to Head Coach Gail Goodspeed, the caliber of the meet is very high.
"In the conference, there are good teams from top to bottom. The team that hits 24 for 24 will win the meet," Goodspeed said.
Leading the way for the Wildcats will be senior Cara Lepper (Southington, Conn.) who scored a 9.95 twice on the balance beam this season at the Fox Run Invitational and at the Michigan State Invitational. Only Danielle Alba of Pittsburgh holds a higher event score than Lepper with a 9.975. Jenny Sommer of N.C. State, Danielle Lilly of West Virginia and Laura Moon of Maryland have all received scores of 9.95 this season as well.
Junior Wendy Wheaton (Rockville, Md.) is coming off a great meet at Towson where she matched her career high of 9.875 on the uneven bars for a third place finish. She took third on the floor exercise with a career high 9.875, and fourth on the vault with a score of 9.725.
Also look for freshman Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) who is having a great rookie campaign for the ‘Cats. Most recently, Harley finished second in the all-around competition at Towson with a combined score of 39.050. On the vault, Harley took the second spot with a career high 9.825. She also scored a career high on the balance beam with a score of 9.800 for seventh place.
UNH will next compete at the NCAA Region 5 meet at Penn State on April 1.