UNH starters Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Katelyn Schenkel (Pittsford, N.Y.) were not able to attend the meet due to illness, Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was still nursing an injury and Jaime de Mello (Milton, Mass.) remained out of the lineup due to an injury she suffered the night before.
"Jaime had a severe neck sprain and is fine but will be undergoing other medical evaluations this week", said UNH gymnastics athletic trainer, Dan Sedory. "Jaime did not suffer any nerve damage and she is completely full functioning. Her return to competing is unknown at this time."
With these four unable to compete, Zoe Magiros (Parsippany, N.J.), Melissa Cesar (Valencia, Venezuela), Lindsay Kovary (Huntington Station, N.Y.) and Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.) stepped up and competed in their spots. Each of them registered season highs in their events. Magiros had a 9.725 on vault, Cesar had a 9.500 on vault and a 9.450 on beam, Kovary had a 9.550 on vault and Plummer had a 9.575 on floor.
Along with those outstanding performances, the seniors shined as well. Mariana Peña Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) stuck her routine and placed first for the 'Cats with a season high score of 9.9. Peña Trestini also came in second on the uneven bars with a 9.8 and third on floor exercise with a 9.75. Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) squeaked by Michigan State?s Victoria Iakounina to win the all-around competition, 39.125-39.000. Hall finished first on floor with a score of 9.8, tied for first on vault with a 9.875, sixth on bars with a 9.675 and tied for third on beam with a 9.775. Lindsay Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) scored a 9.825 on beam for second place a 9.500 on bars for tenth place and 9.450 on floor for ninth place.
Other Wildcats who registered big scores were freshman Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) with a season high and personal-best 9.850 on vault for third place and junior Jen Jones (Billerica, Mass.) with a season-high 9.650 on beam for sixth place. Coach Gail Goodspeed could not have been happier with the way her team performed.
"I am so proud of the team, they really stepped it up. I was very impressed with the character of the team and the way they competed due to the circumstances."
The Wildcats compete again Feb. 26 at West Virginia with William & Mary. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The ?Cats will return home March 4 when they take on Penn State at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.