DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team hosted the 18th annual Fox Run Invitational on Saturday evening at the Whittemore Center Arena in front of 1,437 fans. The Wildcats placed second with a team score of 191.875 behind Michigan State University, who took first place with a 194.325. Placing third and fourth respectively was George Washington University (191.425) and Bowling Green State University (190.900).
New Hampshire started the meet on vault, as the Wildcats took the top three spots for the meet. Freshman Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) as the last competitor on vault, nailed the perfecting ending to the 'Cats best event of the evening, tying a personal best with a 9.9, placing her first in the event. Senior assistant captain Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) place d second, while sophomore Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) placed third with a 9.825.
For the second rotation, the Wildcats competed on bars, where New Hampshire struggle to maintain the led they had created for themselves after vault. Junior Mellory Giberson (Bingham, Maine) had the high score for the 'Cats with a 9.350.
Next UNH moved to beam. Sophomore Jayne Propert (Bradley Beach, N.J.) led the way for the Wildcats, competing third and scoring a 9.850. Propert's score placed her second overall in the competition. Dickson and senior captain Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) finished the rotation on a strong note, scoring 9.800 and 9.825 respectively.
The Wildcats ended the meet on floor. Hall once again posted the team's highest score with a 9.825. Harley and James each scored a 9.775 as New Hampshire scored a 48.300 on floor, third best in the competition.
Sarah Dickenson from Michigan State won the all-around competition with a 39.250. Melissa Popovich from Bowling Green and Lauren Simpson from MSU rounded out the top three, with a 38.500 and 38.475 respectively. Hall was the top Wildcat finished in the all-around with a 38.425, a personal best.
New Hampshire will host North Carolina State next Saturday, February 22 at Lundholm Gymnasium. The meet begins at 7 p.m.