RALEIGH, N.C. - In their second meet of the season the UNH women's gymnastics team posted three wins, scoring 193.800. Following the 'Cats was the University of Arizona (193.450), North Carolina State (193.375), who hosted the event, and James Madison University (188.725). The Wildcats began the rotation on the floor where they went six for six. Assistant coach Beth Amelkovich said of the floor exercise, "We had really high energy and excellent performances by all." Rose Kosowski (Whitesboro, N.Y.) had the highest team score on the floor exercise with a 9.85. Close behind Kosowski was Wendy Wheaton (Rockville, Md.) scoring a 9.825.
Bethany Wagner (Bound Brook, N.J.) shared the top vault score with Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.), each of the girls held a 9.7. Wagner's vault was a 9.7 on a 9.8 start value. One of the judges was quoted as saying it was a beautiful vault.
On the bars the Wildcats started with a strong set and continued from there. Wheaton held the team s highest score, posting a 9.750. The event high was placed by University of Arizona's Kara Fry who scored a 9.8.
UNH finished up on the balance beam, an event which gave them some trouble at last week's meet. Amelkovich said of today's results in the event, "We really rebounded off of last week, we put in a lot of time in practice. All the hard work paid off today." Sophomores, Erin Malinak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) held the high scores for the team, each posting a 9.7.
In the all-around, Kosowski, Suzanne Poretz (Alexandria, Va.), and Dickson placed fourth, fifth and six overall, each with scores over 38.00. We swept the competition although we had no individuals place in the top three in any event. This proves how well we work together as a team, said Amelkovich.
Assistant coach Ed Datti commented, "Arizona is a highly respected team, to beat them is exciting for us. It's also very difficult to beat NC State on their home floor and we did that. We [Beth Amelkovich, head coach Gail Goodspeed and I] are extremely proud of the team. This was a big win for us."
With these wins the Wildcat's record is boosted to 4-0. UNH returns to action Saturday, January 20 at Penn State.