UNH WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS TEAM DEFEATS EAGL RIVAL PITTSBURGH, 193.8-191.50
Jaime deMello

It was a total team effort for the Wildcats, who now own an impressive 6-1 record early in the 2006 campaign.

One of the highlights of the meet for UNH was the personal-best performance of junior Jaime deMello (Milton, Mass.), who was the first-place gymnast overall on balance beam with an impressive score of 9.875 to lead the Wildcats. She was followed closely in the event by senior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela), who placed second with a score of 9.775.

The Wildcats once again were dominant on vault, recording the top four overall scores in the event. Leading the way was senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.), who scored a 9.8. Senior Jen Jones (Billerica, Mass.) posted a 9.775 for second place and sophomore Katelyn Schenkel was third with a personal best of 9.725.

Resurgent junior Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) continues to find ways to help her team in a big way and this time she contributed by tying for first with teammate Pena Trestini in the bars competition. Both recorded judgements of 9.825 to take the top two spots.

Hall, who was UNH's top all-arounder with a second-place four-event total of 38.375, took home top honors in the floor exercise with a first-place score of 9.875.

Granite State product Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) continues to help the team after taking fourth place with a personal-best score of 9.725 on vault.

The UNH women's gymnastics team will be the host of the annual Fox Run Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 4. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Whittemore Center. Fans will have an opportunity to see some new teams in Minnesota and Temple, as well as a second visit to Durham this season by Yale. Tickets for the Fox Run Invitational can be purchased at www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.

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