UNH gymnastics earns top spot at first home meet of season

Durham, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastic team captured first place at their first home meet of the season with a score of 193.900 defeating Yale University (188.200), Brown University (184.600), and Rutgers University (190.850) at Lundholm Gymnasium in front of 868 fans on Saturday night. UNH took the top three sport in the all-around competition as senior assistant captain Jen Dickson lead the Wildcats with a 39.100. Senior captain Michelle Harley (38.500) and sophomore Vanessa James (38.100) finished behind Dickson in the second and third spots. Sveta Shterenberg from Rutgers and Jayne Finst from Brown finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The Wildcats dominated on the floor exercise with Jen Dickson (9.800) and Mariana Pena~Testini leading the event. Pena~Testini set a personal best of 9.800. Leeron Avnery and Jennifer Gold from Yale University tied for the third best score of the night with a 9.750,

On balance beam, Harley (9.850) edged out Dickson (9.800) for first place. Rutgers rounded out the top five with Lisa Abrams and Caitlin Finst each earning a 9.675 while teammate Nicole Bradder earned a 9.625 for her perfomance.

UNH continued their dominance on the uneven parallel bars. Dickson again led the Wildcats with a 9.850. Freshman Amanda Hall earned a personal best in the event with a 9.725, while junior Tara Phillips also scored a 9.75. Rugers Shterenberg and Kristen Modi scored a 9.700 and 9.650 to help the Scarlet Knights capture a second place finish at the meet.

New Hampshire's Hall lead on vault performing a piked Quervo hand-spring half turn finishing with a back pike. James also earned a personal best with her score of a 9.800, while Phillips (9.800) and Harley (9.725) each finished in the top five. Rugters Kristen Marino finished out the top five performers with a score of 9.675.

The UNH gymnastics team will be back in action at Penn State on Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 7:00 p.m.

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