UNH GYMNASTICS TOPS RHODE ISLAND, YALE

Hall and James go 1-2 in All-Around Competition

Vanessa James

Kingston, R.I. --- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team defeated Yale and Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. on Sunday, improving their record to 3-0. The Wildcats posted a score of 190.125, easily beating out Yale's 185.9 and Rhode Island's 184.1.

Junior Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) earned first place in the all-around competition, scoring first in each of the four events to end up with a season-high 39.15 points. Senior co-captain Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) took home the second-place title with her own season-high score of 38.025.

The 'Cats started out the meet on floor, dominating the event as UNH took the first and second-place positions. Hall earned the first-place accolade for the event, scoring a 9.825, while senior co-captain Vanessa Berrios (Long Pond, P.A.) took second with a 9.625. James also had a solid routine with a score of 9.525.

The Wildcats moved on to the vault for their second rotation, where UNH was able to post the top five routines of the night. Hall took the honors again, earning first in the event with a 9.875. Sophomore Jennifer Jones (Billerica, Mass.) tied her personal best score of 9.750, good for second place, while freshman Zoe Magiros (Parsippany, N.J.) claimed third with a score of 9.725 with her first collegiate vault. James and senior Tara Phillips (Houston, Texas) rounded out the top five with matching scores of 9.650.

For their third rotation, the Wildcats headed to the uneven bars for another strong performance, as the 'Cats again were able to claim the top finishes. Hall earned her third first-place title of the night with her solid 9.850 routine, while James tied her personal best score of 9.8 to claim second. Junior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) shared the third-place accolade with her score of 9.775.

The 'Cats would need their early lead that was built as they ended the night with a rough outing on beam. Hall won first place in the event with a 9.6. James was the 'Cats next-best finisher with a 9.050.

The Wildcats return to action at home on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. as they face Brigham Young University in the Lundholm Gymnasium.

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