DENVER-- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team fell to 3-2 on the season after losing on the road at the University of Denver on Saturday evening by a score of 196.425-189.775.
    It was a tough evening for the 'Cats, who were forced to compete without their top all-around competitor in sophomore Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.), who is out after suffering a knee injury. As a result UNH head coach Gail Goodspeed was forced to change lineups in every event.The Wildcats are also anxiously awaiting the return of talented senior all-arounder Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), an experienced gymnast who could return to action this week for the team. 
    The Pioneers took the top three finishes in all four events, except for balance beam, where the Wildcats were led by senior Jamie deMello (Milton, Mass.) who placed third overall with a top Wildcat score of 9.8.
    As a team, the 'Cats posted solid team scores in the vault with a 48.3 and beam with a 48.050, but the squad struggled in the floor exercise and posted a 46.125, counting a low score of 8.350.
    There were many other good individual performances, once again by the freshman class, which continues to play a major role this season.
    In the vault, freshman Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) recorded a team-best score of 9.8, and she also led her squad on bars with a 9.775.
    "This was not the lineup that we wanted and we can only hope we can put together a better showing when Denver comes to Durham (on Feb. 4)," said Goodspeed. "Our fans should really look forward to seeing some outstanding gymnastics when Denver comes to town. They have a very, very talented team."
    UNH will return to action on Jan. 27 when the team travels to compete at Pittsburgh along with Air Force.

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