UNH WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS TEAM PLACES SECOND AT TOWSON

TOWSON, Md.-The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team had a tough second-place finish Friday night at the University of Towson with Wilson College. UNH received a final score of 193.350, just short of Towson's 193.475, while Wilson ended the meet in third place with a 167.850. Freshman Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) won the all-around event for her second consecutive meet with a 38.875, while junior Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) took a close second with her own score of 38.775.

The Wildcats struggled early on, scoring a 47.600 on their first rotation on the uneven bars.

"We dug ourselves a hole that we couldn't climb out of," associate head coach Ed Datti said.

Suffering from falls, and missing senior co-captain Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.), the 'Cats battled through the event. Senior Crystal Beak (Dewitt, N.Y.) was UNH's top competitor scoring a 9.775 in her first appearance this year.

UNH buckled down to make up its early deficit. Another successful night on the vault placed gymnasts in five of the top six spots. Sophomore Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) showcased her vaulting capabilities yet again, winning her second vaulting title in two weeks with an identical 9.9 score. James and Moore tied for second place with a matching score of 9.825, while freshman Jamie deMello (Milton, Mass.) and senior co-captain Brie McNamara (Haymarket, Va.) took home fourth and sixth place finishes with 9.775 and 9.7, respectively.

Moving forward to the third rotation on beam, UNH had another tough event scoring an overall 47.975. Junior Vanessa Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) was the Wildcats' top finisher, bringing home a second-place finish overall with her score of 9.8. Hall won fifth place with a 9.7.

Ending the night on floor, the Wildcats finished the meet with the top score of 48.75. Moore won the top accolade of the night with her 9.85 performance. McNamara and Hall tied for third with a 9.8.

Despite a tough night on the road, the 'Cats are 3-1. The Wildcats will prepare to take on the University of Pittsburgh at home Saturday, Jan.31. The meet begins at 7p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.

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