DURHAM, N.H. --- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team placed third Saturday evening in the annual Fox Run Invitational, scoring a 192.7. The University of Michigan earned the win for the evening, scoring a 196.225. Michigan State (193.1) placed second, while Northern Illinois (190.450) placed fourth in the quad-team meet.
Junior Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) earned third place in the all-around competition, scoring a 38.75. Senior co-captain Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) was a close fourth with her own contribution of 38.55. Jenny Deiley of the University of Michigan placed first in the competition with a 39.4.
Starting the meet on vault, sophomore Jennifer Jones (Billerica, Mass.) came up big for the Wildcats with a personal best score of 9.85. Jones shared the first-place accolade with Deiley of Michigan. Hall earned third in the event with a 9.825. Freshman Zoe Magiros (Parsippany, N.J.) earned a season-high score of 9.775 as the first gymnast to compete in the event.
On bars, James and Hall earned the best scores for the 'Cats with matching 9.725s. The Wildcat duo was part of a five-way tie for sixth place. Freshman Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) earned a personal best 9.675 for her efforts.
For their third rotation on beam, the 'Cats were able to save the best for last with junior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela). She earned a season-high score in the event with a 9.85. The score landed her in a tie for second place. Senior Lindsay Berrios (Lond Pond, Pa.) was close behind with her own season-high score of 9.8, and a fourth place finish.
On floor, the Wildcats were forced to count three neutral deductions for stepping out of bounds. Yet the 'Cats were able to stay competitive with solid performances from Hall (9.9) and Pena Trestini (9.85). Hall shared the floor victory with Michigan's Deiley. and Pena Trestini was close behind in third.
The Wildcats return to action next Saturday, February 19 at 7 p.m. at home in the Lundholm Gymnasium. The 'Cats will be hosting North Carolina State.