UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE GYMNAST KATIE BALDWIN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT BOSTON HOSPITAL

DURHAM, N.H.-University of New Hampshire junior gymnast Katie Baldwin, 20, is in critical condition at a Boston hospital today, following her collapse in the weight room at the Field House while training Monday evening (Oct. 30). She is the daughter of Stephen and Rebecca Baldwin, of Dover, Pa.

Baldwin, who had been lifting weights with her teammates, collapsed at approximately 5 p.m. and was taken by ambulance to Dover's Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. She then was transferred to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for further treatment and evaluation last night. According to hospital spokesperson Karen Emery, Baldwin was in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit Tuesday (Oct. 31) morning, before she was transferred again to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Baldwin is a biology/pre-med major and a native of Dover, Pa. "She is not only an accomplished gymnast, but also an outstanding student at the university," said Marty Scarano, UNH athletic director. Scarano, who spent Monday night with Baldwin's family and coaches at the hospital, said she had earned both Scholastic and EAGL All-Academic honors, as well as the Dean's Scholarship Award. She also has been on the Dean's List for four semesters and earned a grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.81 out of a possible 4.0 through last spring.

"Katie is a terrific gymnast and a wonderful student," Scarano said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family during this very difficult time."

A three-event gymnast for the Wildcats with career-highs of 9.75 on bars, 9.575 on beam and 9.6 on floor, Baldwin was named the team's Most Improved Gymnast in 1999. Baldwin is part of a highly successful UNH college gymnastics program that regularly has made appearances at the NCAA regional championships.

A 1997 Olympic National Competitor, Baldwin is a member of the Region 7 team. During the 1995 season, she was the Level 9 State and Sectional Champion on bars, beam and the all-around and she accomplished those same feats at Level 10 in 1996. She was also a 1997 USAIGC National Silver Medalist in the all-around and in the floor exercise and she set the Prestige Gymnastics highest scores in beam, bars, floor and the all-around.

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