WILDCAT GYMNASTICS CAPTURES FOX RUN INVITATIONAL

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team captured the annual Fox Run Invitational for the third-straight season with a season-high score of 193.850 in front of 1,025 at the Whittemore Center Saturday night. UNH captured at least the top two spots in all four events.

Temple (189.075) and Cornell (187.925) placed second and third, respectively.

In the all-around competition, junior Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) set a career-high by recording a 39.050 to place first. UNH swept the top three spots, as Michelle Harley (Collegeville,Pa.) placed second with a 38.900, while Bethany Wagner (Bound Brook, N.J.) checked in with a 38.525 to finish third.

New Hampshire opened up on vault, where it registered a 48.025 and swept the top four spots. Wagner paced the field with a 9.7, while Harley and Dickson posted identical 9.65 scores. Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) was fourth with a personal-best 9.6.

On the uneven bars, UNH posted a season-high 48.550. Dickson matched her career-high with a 9.825, while Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) posted a 9.775 score and Harley checked in with a 9.725.

Balance beam was next for the 'Cats, where they posted a mark of 48.450, another season-best. Harley paced New Hampshire with a 9.825, while Dickson netted a 9.75 and Katie Revis (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) registered a 9.725 to tie Temple's Cicely Warrington.

Wrapping up on the floor excercise, UNH recorded a score of 48.825. Wagner led the Wildcat charge with a 9.85, while Dickson (9.825) placed second, with Erin Malinak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (9.775) fourth behind Cornell's Larissa Calka (9.8). Malinak was competing for the first time this year after having shoulder surgery in the preseason.

The UNH gymnastics team will be at home the next two weekends. Next Saturday (2/9), the 'Cats will host the Nittany Lions of Penn State in a dual meet scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.

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