DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team defeated the University of Rhode Island at home on Friday night. UNH scored a 195.475 to beat out URI's season-high team score of 192.45.
Junior Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) won the all-around competition with her season-high score of 39.175. Freshman Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) placed third in the competition, contributing 38.8 points.
Beginning the evening on vault, UNH claimed the top five finishes in the event, scoring a total 48.75. Sophomore Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) won the vaulting title scoring a 9.85, while Moore placed a close second with her own score of 9.825. James placed third in the event with a 9.725. Freshman Jamie deMello (Milton, Mass.) and senior co-captain Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) rounded out the top five with tying scores of 9.675.
UNH continued their early momentum into their second rotation on the uneven bars, where the 'Cats again claimed the top positions on the leaderboard. Sophomore Mariana Peña Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) tied the UNH individual record with her performance on bars. Scoring a 9.95, Peña Trestini easily captured the event title. Dickson claimed second, beating her season-high score with her own exceptional 9.9. Senior Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.) earned a third-place finish, while James rounded out the top four with scores of 9.875 and 9.8, respectively.
The Wildcats led URI 97.6-96.05 heading into their third rotation on beam. Counting one fall on beam, the 'Cats completed the event with a total team score of 48.5. Hall won her second event title of the evening with her top score of 9.875. Moore and sophomore Peña Trestini shared the second-place accolade with their scores of 9.825. James, as UNH's first beam competitor, set the tone with her contribution of 9.725 and fourth-place finish.
Ending the night on floor, the 'Cats relied on two solid performances by James and Peña Trestini to capture a 49.375 team score. Both gymnasts scored matching season-high scores of 9.925 to share the first-place accolade. Junior Vanessa Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) earned the third-place title with a season-high 9.875 of her own.
The Wildcats (9-4) return to action next Saturday, March 6 hosting Penn State. The meet begins at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.