UNH WOMEN GYMNASTS QUALIFY TO COMPETE AT NCAA NORTHEAST REGIONAL
Mariana Pena Trestini

Six teams will battle it out at the regional with Utah as the No. 1 seed, followed by Michigan, Auburn, New Hampshire, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. The top two teams from each of the six regional meets will move on to compete in the NCAA National Championships in Corvalis, Oregon on April 20-22 at Oregon State University.

The Wildcats enter the NCAA Championships ranked 27th overall with an RQS of 194.195. In addiiton to the six teams, individual all-around competitors from the region will be competing as well as the top individual event specialists from schools throughout the Northeast Region.

For 27th-year head coach Gail Goodspeed this will mark the 25th appearance in the NCAA Regionals by her Wildcat teams. UNH has won the Northeast Regional Championship title once, taking home the hardware in 1994 and moving on to compete at Nationals.

During her tenure at UNH, Goodspeed has been named NCAA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year four times (2003, 2001, 1994 and 1991) and she has enjoyed coaching five NCAA individual qualifiers, including Vanessa Berrios, Suzanne Poretz, Cara Lepper, Lori Brady (twice) and Karen Olsson.

The Wildcats can also boast having eight gymnasts who were named NCAA Regional Champions in various events.

UNH's top two individual all-arounders heading into the Northeast Regionals are senior Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) and senior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela. Trestini is an interesting story this year as she has just recently added a very competitive vault that will allow her to be eligible to move on as an individual all-arounder at the NCAA National meet if her score is high enough at regionals.

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