Jen Jones

ANN ARBOR, MICH.-- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team fell to 9-2 on the season as they were defeated at No. 4 University of Michigan on Friday evening, 195.6-190.850.

Leading the way on bars for the Wildcats was senior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela), who posted a team-high score of 9.80 to tie for third place overall.. She was followed closely by sophomore Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) who recorded a mark of 9.776.

In rotation 2, UNH had only five gymnasts compete in the vault due to an injury suffered by junior Jaime de Mello (Milton, Mass.) during warmups. She was taken to the local hospital for precautionary reasons. Senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) performed a Yurchenko full and stuck it for an impressive score of 9.875 to tie for first place overall. Hall continued to impress in the third rotation as she recorded the top mark for the Wildcats in the floor exercise with a 9.750. Pena Trestini also put together a strong routine and was rewarded with a judgement of 9.725.

The Wildcats wrapped up the meet on balance beam and were led by senior Jen Jones (Billerica, Mass.) and by Pena Trestini, as both gymnasts finished the event with identical scores of 9.750 to tie for third place overall.

The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Michigan State. The meet is set to begin at 8 p.m. The next home meet for the Wildcats is set for Sat., March 4 vs. rival Penn State. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. Tickets for the meet can be purchased online at www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.

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