UNH GYMNASTICS OPENS 2002 WITH WIN OVER RUTGERS

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Led by junior Jen Dickson’s (Salisbury, Md.) tie for first in the all-around, the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team posted a 190.6-189.15 victory over Rutgers Thursday night at the Livingston Recreation Center. The meet was the season opener for both schools.

"Overall, I’m pretty pleased with our performance," said head coach Gail Goodspeed, who saw the ‘Cats earn at least a tie for the top spot in all four events. "It’s always nice to open up the season with a win away from home."

Dickson, the 2001 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Rookie of the Year, posted a 38.75 in the all-around competition, tying her with Rutgers’ Katie Russon. Junior Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) placed fourth with a 38.425.

New Hampshire opened up on bars where it edged the Scarlet Knights 48.350- 46.075, capturing four of the top five spots. Sophomore Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) placed first with a 9.75, while Dickson (9.725) tied for second with RU’s Bonnie Hart. Freshman Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) (9.700) and sophomore Tara Phillips (Houston, Texas) (9.625) placed fourth and fifth.

UNH next competed on vault, where Harley and Phillips placed 1-2 with scores of 9.650 and 9.625 respectively. The ‘Cats captured the vault competition by a slim 47.350-47.325 margin.

Senior co-captain Bethany Wagner (Bound Brook, N.J.) paced the field on floor exercise, setting a career high with a 9.85. Dickson came in fourth with a 9.675. Dickson tied with Russon for first on beam with a 9.775, while Harley (9.725) and freshman Lindsay Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) placed third and fourth, respectively.

The ‘Cats are back in action on Saturday, January 19, when they host the Rams of Rhode Island in the 2002 home opener. Meet time at Lundholm Gymnasium is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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