CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team topped the 194 mark with a 194.325, but was edged by the University of North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, as the Tar Heels finished the afternoon with a 194.975. This marks the final regular season meet before UNH prepares for the EAGL Championships, which will be held this coming Saturday at Rutgers.
For the second consecutive meet UNH was strong on vault with a one-two punch from senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bemerton, Wash) and Jen Jones (Billerica, Mass.) Hall took first place with the best score of the day (9.875), followed closely in second by Jones with a 9.85. Tying for third for the 'Cats was freshman Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.), as she recorded a 9825. As a team UNH recorded an impressive mark 49.05 in the event.
On bars, sophomore Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) was the top finisher for the Wildcats, placing third with a score of 9.8, while senior specialist Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela) finished fifth with a 9.750.
On balance beam, Hall returned to the lineup after missing Friday nights' meet at North Carolina State and she led the Wildcats with a 9.75 for fourth place.
In the floor exercise, UNH took third, fourth and fifth palce overall, as Pena Trestini earned third (9.825), Hall (9.8) and Turner (9.775).
Hall placed third in the all-around competition with a score of 39.15.
According to head coach Gail Goodspeed, UNH was looking for another strong score on the road and got it, as the 194.325, will knock out the lowest score from earlier in the season, which will raise the team's overall average and ranking nationally.