FOUR UNH GYMNASTS HONORED AT ANNUAL EAGL AWARDS BANQUET

PITTSBURGH—Four members of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team were honored on Friday night at the annual East Atlantic Gymnastic League (EAGL) awards dinner held at the Pittsburgh Hilton.

Sophomore all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) was named a first-team All-EAGL selection in three events. She was named first-team in the vault for the second-time in two years. This past season she recorded a season-high of 9.9 in the event. Hall was also named to the first-team in the all-around competition after tying her own UNH record of 39.475 in that event. Hall was also named to the EAGL first team in the floor exercise. Her season-high in that event was a mark of 9.950. Hall led UNH several times this season as the top all-arounder on the squad and was twice named EAGL Gymnast of the Week. Hall’s record-breaking all-around performance came in UNH’s victory over Pittsburgh, where she took top-honors in the meet and led UNH to a 195.625-193.450 victory.

Sophomore Mariana Pena Trestini was named first-team in two events, on uneven bars and on balance beam. On beam Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) recorded a season-high of 9.9. and on bars she led the Wildcats with a mark of 9.950. Trestini, was one of the conference’s top specialists, as evidenced by the fact that she was named EAGL Specialist of the Week three times in 2004 for her efforts vs. Rutgers, at Missouri and vs. Rhode Island.

Senior Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.), who struggled with an ankle sprain for much of the season, excelled for the Wildcats on beam, and as a result was named to the EAGL second team for her efforts in the event. She finished with a season-high of 9.9 on beam.

Also recognized at the banquet was junior Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.), who was selected to the EAGL second team in the floor exercise. James recorded a season-best of 9.925 in the event.

UNH (10-5-1), the defending EAGL champion, will look for it first-ever, back-to-back EAGL titles on Sat., March 20, when it competes in the conference meet, which begins at 6 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh’s Peterson Events Center. Other teams competing in the meet include: Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Towson and West Virginia.

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