UNH GYMNASTICS TEAM BREAKS THREE ALL-TIME TEAM RECORDS IN HUGE VICTORY OVER VERMONT

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team shattered three team school records on the floor, beam and bars as the squad posted a season-high 195.275-176. 650 victory over Vermont on Friday evening in front of 576 fans at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH, now sporting an impressive 12-2 record on the season, recorded a team mark of 49.1 on bars, shattering the previous school record of 48.975 set in four different meets. On beam, the Wildcats excelled again with a 49.050, topping the previous school record of 48.950 set back in 1998 vs. Pittsburgh and again in 2000 vs. Maryland. Last but not least, the gymnasts rocked the gym in the floor exercise and posted a 49.400, besting another school record that was previously 49.375 vs. Central Michigan in 1997.

So far this season, UNH has topped all four all-time team records in each of the four events. In addition, the team score of 195.275 was the third highest overall team score in University history and will go a long way in helping the Wildcats make it into the NCAA Northeast Regionals on April 7 at Michigan. The all-time overall team mark at UNH is 195.895 vs. Central Michigan back in 1997.

Individually, UNH took the top three finishes in all four events and the top two performances in the all-around.

Perhaps the highlights of the evening were back-to-back 9.925 judgements in the floor exercise by seniors Wendy Wheaton (Rockville, Md.) and by Rose Kosowski (Whitesboro, N.Y.). The 9.925 scores were career highs for both gymnasts.

In the all-around competition, senior Suzanne Poretz (Alexandria, Va.) continues to lead the way for UNH, finishing first overall with a 39.075. Also posting a solid performance in the all-round for the Wildcats was Kosowski, who placed second overall with a four-event total of 38.775.

On balance beam, the meet winner was UNH freshman Crystal Beak (Syracuse, N.Y.), who finished with a personal best of 9.875.

Wheaton, who also led the team in floor, was the top performer on bars as well with a personal best score of 9.9.

The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, March 3, when the squad entertains Towson University. The meet begins at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.

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