TOWSON, MD-- Sophomore gymnasts Amanda Hall (Bennerton, Wash.) and Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) were both honored on Tuesday by the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) for their outstanding efforts in UNH's season-opening victory at Rutgers on Jan. 10 (194.250-193.350). Hall was named Co-EAGL Gymnast of the Week and Pena Trestini was selected as the EAGL Specialist of the Week.
Hall took top honors in the all-around competition at Rutgers, scoring a 39.1. In the individual events, she tied for third (9.70) in vault, was fourth on bars (9.80), tied for second on beam (9.825) and was fourth in the floor exercise (9.775).
Pena Trestini has successfully returned healthy after a freshman year where she suffered with nagging injuries. Scheduled to eventually become one of UNH's top all-arounders, she competed in just two events on Saturday, but took first place in both. Her score of 9.875 on bars was the highest mark of the meet in any single event and she placed first overall on beam with a mark of 9.850.
So far during the young season, UNH's average score of 194.250 is tops in the EAGL. Pittsburgh is second (193.450), followed by Rutgers (193.350), Maryland (192.825), West Virginia (192.775), North Carolina State (191.250) and Towson (189.925). North Carolina has not competed in its first meet.
The Wildcats will be the host of their home-opener on Friday, Jan. 16 vs. The University of Missouri. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.