The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team struggled on bars and beam, but finished strong in vault and better in floor to place seventh out of eight teams at the EAGL Conference Championships held at the University of Maryland on Friday evening.
NC State was the winner of the meet with a top score of 195.475, followed by West Virginia (195.3), North Carolina (194.925), Pittsburgh (194.15), George Washington (192.775), Rutgers (192.6), UNH (191.525) and then host school Maryland (191.175).
The Wildcats strongest event of the evening was their last, the vault, as both freshman Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) and junior Justine Turner (Salem, Mass.) finished tied for third place overall with identical scores of 9.85.UNH was also bolstered by a strong effort by senior Jen Jones (Billerica, Mass.) who notched a season-high 9.775 in the vault to tie for 10th overall.
Diodati was UNH's top finisher on bars, placing in a tie for 15th with a score of 9.775 in the talent laden field.
Freshman Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.) led the 'Cats on balance beam, finishing tied for 12th with a score of 9.725.
In the floor exercise, it was senior Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) leading her team with a judgement of 9.750 to tie for 16th overall.
"We self-destructed on bars and beam, but performed pretty well on vault and OK in floor," said head coach Gail Goodspeed. "We have a lot of work to do heading into the NCAA Regionals and may have to look at the lineup and make some changes to improve our scores."
It is very likely that the Wildcats will be traveling to compete on Sat., April 14th, at the NCAA Northeast Regionals, which will be held at the University of Michigan. The entire field of teams and where they will be competing will be released officially by the NCAA on Monday.
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