UNH GYMNASTICS TEAM LOSES TO PITTSBURGH 189.45-190.3
Mariana Peña Trestini

PITTSBURGH, Pa.--- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team lost a close meet at Saturday to the University of Pittsburgh by a score of 189.45-190.3. The 'Cats were plagued by tight scoring and falls on bars and beam, dropping their record to 4-2.

The Wildcats started the meet on bars, and were only able to hit 50 percent of their routines. Junior Mariana Peña Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) was the top finisher for the 'Cats, scoring a 9.525. Junior Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) claimed the next spot with her score of 9.4.

UNH moved on to their second rotation on vault, where head coach Gail Goodspeed said the team had their best event of the afternoon. The Wildcats claimed the top four finishes, with senior Tara Phillips (Houston, Texas) taking home the first-place accolade with a 9.825, tying her season high for 2005.

The 'Cats moved on to floor for their next rotation, where they were again able to make up some points against Pittsburgh. Hall was the top performer for UNH, scoring a 9.725 in the event.

The Wildcats had another tough time on beam, with only three of six gymnasts completing their routines without a fall. Senior Lindsay Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) tied for first with her season-high score of 9.725. Sophomore Jaime deMello (Milton, Mass.) placed third for the 'Cats with a season high of her own, scoring a 9.675, while freshman Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed fourth with a 9.65.

Disappointed with the results of the meet, Goodspeed said, "We hope to get our act together before we come back to the state."

The Wildcats are back in action in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. for a quad-meet featuring Missouri, Cornell and Penn State. The 'Cats return home Saturday, Feb. 12 to host the annual Fox Run Invitational at 7 p.m. in the Whittemore Center Arena.

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