State College, Pa.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team struggled on balance beam and the result was a third-place finish in a quad meet at Penn State on Saturday, March 24.  The winner of the meet was the host team, Penn State, as they posted a high score of 196.325, followed in second place by Rutgers with a 191.55, UNH in third (190.325) and fourth-place Yale (187.475) The meet started off badly on bars, as the ‘Cats suffered falls on its first two routines and then that carried over into balance beam, as UNH posted just a 45.325 in the event as a team. UNH still managed to put up good numbers on vault with a 48.475 and a 48.85 in the floor exercise. UNH head coach Gail Goodspeed was unhappy with the balance beam effort, but also liked the way the team bounced back on vault and floor. The highlight of the night for UNH was a tie for first place on vault for junior Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) with a 9.825, despite suffering from illness. Freshman Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) continues to compete strong and led the Wildcats on bars with a second-place performance of 9.825. Freshman Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) salvaged balance beam for her team, posting a score of 9.75 for fourth overall. In the floor exercise, UNH was led by junior Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.) led the squad with a 9.85 to earn third place. The team will return to action on Friday, March 30, when the squad will compete in the EAGL Conference Championships. The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the University of Maryland.

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