|Mariana Pena Trestini|
DURHAM, N.H.-The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team improved its season record to 2-1 with a pair of victories over Rhode Island and Yale on Sunday afternoon in Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH won the meet with a season-high score of 191.125, followed by the Rams (185.00) and the Elis (184. 900).
The Wildcats, who improved on their score from their season-opener at Rutgers, had the first-place finisher in all four events and the all-around competition.
Senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bermerton, Wash.) led all gymnasts with a four-event score of 38.375 and was the only student-athlete to score over a 38 in the meet. Hall also posted the top overall score in vault (9.825) and in the floor exercise as well (9.80).
UNH was once again impressive on vault, posting the top five scores of the meet. In addition to the high score by Hall, junior Jennifer Jones (Billerica, Mass.) recorded a 9.75, as did Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) to tie for second place.
Junior all-arounder Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) continues to make progress with her injured knee and competed in three events. Her best was the bars, where she took home the top score of the afternoon with a 9.75, followed closely by Hall, who received a judgement of 9.625.
Balance beam continued to give the Wildcats problems as they suffered three falls in the event, however, junior Jaime de Mello (Milton, Mass.) turned in a strong performance and led all gymnasts with a score of 9.675. UNH still managed the top three scores on beam for the day, with senior Lindsay Berrios ( Long Pond, Pa.) taking second place overall with a 9.6 and sophomore Beth Bronson (Jacksonville,Fla.) earning third-place honors with a 9.5.
The Wildcats will return to action on Jan. 21 at Texas Women's University with San Jose State and Wisconson Eau Claire. The next home meet for the 'Cats will be against EAGL rival Pittsburgh on Jan. 29. That contest is set to begin at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.