DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team (8-4) placed second in the annual Fox Run Invitational on Saturday night. UNH hosted the four-team meet, scoring an overall 195.20. No. 16 Auburn University won the meet with a 196.00, while Yale University (191.300) and Temple University (191.225) placed third and fourth, respectively.
Sophomore Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) finished in second place in the all-around competition. Her score of 39.425 was just shy of her season-high, and record-setting 39.450 set on January 31 versus Pittsburgh. Freshman Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) had the third-place finish in the event, tying her season-high 39.175.
The Wildcats got out to a stellar start on their first rotation on beam, scoring the meet's highest team score in the event with a 49.075. Hall won the first-place title scoring another nearly-perfect 9.9. Moore's 9.85 was enough to tie for second, while freshman Jamie deMello (Milton, Mass.) earned a fourth-place finish with her season-high score of 9.825.
Moving on to the uneven bars, the 'Cats were able to keep up the solid momentum they had built early on, scoring an overall 49.025 in the event. UNH relied on solid performances from senior co-captain Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.), senior Crystal Beak (Dewitt, N.Y.), and sophomore Mariana Peña Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) who all scored 9.825's in a three-way tie for fourth place.
The Wildcats had to count one fall on beam during their next rotation, causing their early lead to slip. With a 48.325 in the event, the 'Cats trailed a tough Auburn squad 146.65-146.425. DeMello and Hall were part of a five-way tie for second place, scoring 9.825's. DeMello broke her second season-high score of the night with her contribution. Moore was UNH's next highest competitor, scoring a 9.70.
UNH wasn't able to close the gap with their final rotation on floor. Hall tied for first in the event, posting a new season-high 9.925. Moore and Peña Trestini posted matching 9.85's in a tie for fourth place, while junior Vanessa Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) ended the night with a 9.825.
The Wildcats will head into next week ready to take on Rhode Island at home. The meet will take place at Lundholm Gymnasium at 7 p.m.