DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team posted a season-high 194.900 score as the Wildcats were edged by 20th-ranked Penn State on Saturday in front of 955 at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Nittany Lions posted a score of 195.525.
Junior Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) led UNH, posting a career-high 39.275 in the all-around competition to place third behind PSU's Katie McAvoy (39.525) and Katie Rowland (39.475). Harley's score gives her the third-highest all-around score in UNH history. Cara Lepper posted scores of 39.400 and 39.375 in 1999.
Harley also set a personal-best in the balance beam (9.875) to take top honors, and tied her career-high in floor exercise (9.85).
In vault, UNH matched their season-best with a 48.375. Harley placed third behind Rowland (9.875) and McAvoy (9.85) with a 9.825. Bethany Wagner (Bound Brook, N.J.) tied her career-high of 9.75 to tie for fifth overall.
On bars UNH notched a 48.375, getting barely edged by the Nittany Lions who posted a 38.400. Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) tied a career-high with a 9.825 to finish second to McAvoy. Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) also matched her career high with a 9.8 to finish fourth.
The Wildcats posted their third-highest score in team history on the balance beam, a 49.025. Harley's 9.875 left her tied with McAvoy for top honors, while Beak, Jayne Propert (Bradley Beach, N.J.) and Katie Revis (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) tied for fourth with identical 9.8 scores.
On floor exercise, Revis tied McAvoy for top honors and matched her own career-best with a 9.9 as UNH had a season-high 49.125 team total. Harley and Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) tied for fourth at 9.85.
UNH returns to action next Saturday (2/16) when they host the University of Alaska. Meet time is 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.