UNH'S AMANDA HALL NAMED EAGL GYMNAST OF THE YEAR

Four Gymnasts Receive All-EAGL Honors

Amanda Hall

RALEIGH, N.C.-- Junior Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) received the EAGL Conference's highest honor at its annual awards banquet held on the campus of North Carolina State. Hall was named EAGL Gymnast of the Year after being ranked among the top two gymnasts in three events, plus the all-around.

A 10-time All-EAGL honoree, Hall ranks 20th nationally in the floor exercise and is second in the league on vault, bars and the all-around. With five of the EAGL's top 20 vault scores, three of the top scores on uneven bars, and the leagues' top marks on floor and in the all-around, Hall became the second Wildcat to earn the honor, joining Suzanne Poretz, who was named Gymnast of the Year in 2001. Hall posted a school-record-tying and league-high 9.975 in the floor exercise twice this season, against BYU on Jan. 22 and again vs. North Carolina State on Feb. 19. In the meet vs. BYU, Hall put together a season-best all-around score of 39.425, one of four scores of 39.1 or higher this season. Hall was named first-team All-EAGL in vault, on bars and in the floor exercise and was named to the second-team on beam. Hall earned EAGL Gymnast of the Week honors twice this past season, once on Jan. 20 and again on Jan. 26.

Also earning first-team All-EAGL honors for UNH was junior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) , who was among the league's top gymnasts on balance beam with a season-best judgement of 9.875. She was also named second-team All-EAGL in the floor exercise with a season-best of 9.975, which tied the all-time high mark set by Hall, and she was second-team on bars with a best of 9.875 this season. Pena Trestini was perhaps the top specialist in the conference as she received the EAGL Specialist of the Week award on Feb. 23 and was nominated numerous times for the honor.

Sophomore Jennifer Jones (Billerica, Mass.) has been impressive all season for the Wildcats in vault and she was rewarded for her efforts as an event specialist with second-team All-EAGL honors. Jones posted a season-best of 9.850 in vault.

Senior Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) often led by example this season as a team co-captain and she shined on all events, but was recognized by the EAGL coaches for her outstanding performances on bars. She has recorded a season-high of 9.825 on bars.

The UNH women's gymnastics team, which is 16-8 and ranked 38th in the nation, will compete in the EAGL Championship meet on Fri, March 25, starting at 6 p.m. at NC State's Reynolds Coliseum. A solid score at the EAGL Championships should put UNH on track to earn a bid to the NCAA Northeast Regional, which is being hosted by the UNH on Sat., April 9. The meet is set to begin in the Whittemore Center at 6 p.m.

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