DURHAM, N.H.—
The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team continued its steady improvement this season at its own annual Fox Run Invitational on Saturday evening at the Whittemore Center, placing second overall out of four teams with an impressive score of 193.925.
    The team mark was the second-best of 2007 for the ‘Cats, who were defeated narrowly by Michigan State (194.0), but came out ahead of EAGL rival West Virginia (193.075) and Brown (184.5).
    The Wildcats finished the meet in style, taking the top two spots in the floor exercise with judgements of 9.85 and 9.825 by junior Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.), respectively. Setting personal bests on floor were sophomore Lindsay Kovary (Huntington Station, N.Y.) with a 9.725 and freshman Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) with a 9.675.
    On bars, the Wildcats were led by freshman Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) as she checked in with a mark of 9.750 for fourth place. Diodati was also the Wildcat team leader on vault, posting a personal-best of 9.8 in the event to earn third place overall.
    The Wildcats were once again strong on balance beam as a team with a score of 48.5 and were led by freshman Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.) as she recorded a personal-best of 9.925 to earn her second-place overall in the meet.
    One of the biggest highlights of the evening was the vault performance of Michigan State’s Rochelle Robinson, who thrilled the crowd of 1,548 with a first-place score of 10.0.
    Gymnastics fans will have a third consecutive chance to see the UNH Wildcat gymnastics team in action on Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. EAGL rival Maryland. The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. The team’s final home meet is set for March 16 vs. North Carolina.
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