Vanessa James

DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team came from behind with several strong floor exercise routines in the sixth and final rotation to post a first-place score of 193.275 vs. Towson (192.450) and Brown (181.125).

The Wildcats trailed the Tigers after each team had completed three events . Towson finished up on beam in the fifth rotation and put the pressure on the Wildcats by hitting all of their routines.

UNH responded strongly on floor posting three scores of 9.8 and two first-place 9.9s judgements, one by junior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) and another by freshman Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.), which topped her previous personal-best of 9.775.

On senior night, senior Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) stepped up and did her part on vault for the Wildcats, placing first with a score of 9.850.

Leading the team on bars was Pena Trestini, who placed second with a score of 9.750.

Junior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) continues to impress in the all-around competition with a four-event total of 38.475, which was good for first place.

UNH's strong performance on floor was the key for the win as UNH once again struggled on beam with three falls. However, that did not deter another senior from stepping up to stop the bleeding as Vanessa Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) showed some strong leadership and took first place with a 9.725.

This was the final regular season meet for the Wildcats who now will travel to North Carolina State for the EAGL Championships on March 25. The team is also on track to earn a bid to compete in the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Northeast Regionals, which will be held at the Whittemore Center in Durham on April 9. That meet is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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