New Hampshire defeats URI and Yale

Kingston, R.I.-Freshman Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) set the tone with two first place finishes on vault and beam, in the University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team's victory (193.450) over the University of Rhode Island (189.750) and Yale University (190.475) Saturday afternoon. Senior assistant captain Jen Dickson (Sailsbury, Md.) placed first in the all-around competition for the fourth time this season with a 39.000.

Dickson, who has scored a 9.825 or higher on bars in seven meets this season, tied for first on bars with URI's Marissa Medal with a score of 9.850. Hall rounded out the top three, with a 9.825.

On vault, the Wildcats showcased their strength, as UNH took the three top spots. Hall once again showed consistency, scoring a 9.925 for the second week and the fourth week straight she has posted a 9.90 or better. Junior Tara Phillips (Spring, Texas), who last week scored a personal best 9.925 on vault, came close again this week with a 9.90 for second place. Dickson's performance earned her a 9.80 and a third place finish.

Hall's performance on floor carried the Wildcats, who struggled with a team score of 47.925, scoring a 9.850 for first place, her second highest score of the season. Sophomore Vanessa Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) placed third on floor with a 9.750.

It was the seniors, captain Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.) and Dickson, who showed composure on beam. Harley scored a 9.90 to claim first place, while Dickson scored a 9.825 for third.

The Wildcats welcomed back the return of freshman Mariana Pena-Testini (Valencia, Venezuela), who has been recovering for injuries since the early portion of the season. Pena-Testini competed on bars, scoring a 9.80 and tying for fourth places with New Hampshire's Phillips.

New Hampshire returns home March 29th to host the EAGL Championships at the Whittemore Center at 6 p.m. The best gymnasts on the East Coast will compete for the title of EAGL Champion. Tickets are available through the Whittemore Center Arena Box Office at 862-4000.

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