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DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire gymnastics program has announced that they will host both a day and an overnight instructional girls’ gymnastics camp. The day camp will be held June 25-29 and the overnight camp will take place July 8-12.
    Campers will participate in structured classes including vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, tumble trak, conditioning and dance. Classes will be rotated each day so all campers will have equal opportunities at each event. Wildcat athletes and coaches will provide instruction for both beginner and advanced gymnasts.  


DURHAM, H.H. -- The construction of the new bleacher system at the University of New Hampshire's Lundholm Gymnasium began on Wed., June 6.  The bleachers are the first step towards improving the atmosphere and fan experience in Lundholm Gym. The retractable bleachers will allow athletic teams to compete on the two auxiliary courts underneath, as was the case with the old system.

The original bleachers have been completely disassembled and removed and the equipment and materials for the new bleachers arrived on campus yesterday.


    DURHAM, N.H.— The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team held its annual year-end banquet and named award-winners for the 2006-07 season.
The team named freshman Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine)  the Most Valuable Gymnast after she posted high scores of 9.85 in vaulting and 9.9 on bars.     
    Junior Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.) was selected as the Most Improved Gymnast after starting out as an event specialist, but eventually working hard and preparing herself to be ready to compete on bars, beam and floor.
    Junior Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) was named Most Inspirational and the winner of the Katie Baldwin Academic Achievement Award, which is presented to the individual who contributes the most both on and off the floor and she recorded the team’s highest GPA with a 3.8.


DURHAM, N.H.--Rebekah Porter, a Junior in the Department of Kinesiology Athletic Training Option from Valparaiso, Indiana, was awarded the prestigious Barbara King Newman Scholarship at the Department Awards and Celebration Ceremony on May 8. In addition, Rebekah was recognized as the Junior Option Scholar for Athletic Training by holding the highest G.P.A. of all athletic training juniors; Rebekah has a cumulative 3.8 G.P.A. Rebekah is a  member of the UNH Women’s Gymnastics Team.

Barbara King Newman Scholarship is awarded awarded annually to a junior or senior Kinesiology major. Awarded to “an all-around student” who demonstrates evidence of scholarship and service to the department, university and/or community. He or she should possess athletic ability and strong leadership potential. In short, the person should be the kind of person you want as a friend, a teammate, and be proud to have represent our department, our school, and the University of New Hampshire.


ANN ARBOR, MICH—The No. 5-seeded University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team placed fourth out of six teams competing at the NCAA Northeast Regional held at in Crisler Arena at the University of Michigan on Saturday evening. The Wildcats finished the meet with a solid team score of 192.925, the team’s second-highest road score of the 2007 season. The top two teams, Florida and Michigan, move on to the NCAA National Championships at Utah on April 26-28. The Gators won the meet (197.325), followed by the Wolverines (196.050), Arkansas (195.275), UNH, Pittsburgh (192.550), and then Rutgers (190.875).




    INDIANAPOLIS-- The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team has earned a bid as one of six teams competing at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships to be held at the University of Michigan on April 14. The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m. in Crisler Arena.
    The Wildcats will be the No. 5 seed at the meet, along with No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Arkansas, No.4 Pittsburgh, and No. 6 Rutgers.
Under 28th year head coach Gail Goodspeed, the Wildcats have earned a bid to the NCAA championships 26 times and she has been named NCAA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year four times.
    UNH’s best finish ever came in 1994, when the Wildcats won the NCAA Northeast Regional and advanced to the NCAA National Championships, placing 12th in the nation.


COLLEGE PARK, MD. -- 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).



    COLLEGE PARK, MD.— Six members of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team were named to the East Atlantic Gymnastics League All-Conference Teams at the annual awards banquet held at the University of Maryland.
    Among the six gymnasts honored for UNH, four were freshmen, which bodes well for the future of the Wildcat gymnastics program.
    Leading the way for UNH was freshman Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) as she earned first-team honors on the bars and was added to the second team in the vault. Diodati recorded season-highs of 9.9 on bars and 9.825 in the vault.


ACC Select announced today that the 2007 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship will be available for fans across the country to watch for the first time ever with live and on-demand online video streams exclusively on ACCSelect.com. 

     Exclusive coverage of the EAGL Championship, which is being hosted by the University of Maryland and will showcase competition from all eight schools in the EAGL, will be available for fans to watch live beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, March 30.   The event will also be available for fans to watch on an on-demand replay basis.


     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)


    DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team responded when it had to in order to pull out a big victory over EAGL rival University of North Carolina on Friday evening in Lundholm Gymnasium (194.5-194.250).
    It all came down to UNH competing in the floor exercise and UNC on beam in the fourth and final rotation. The Wildcats held a small lead after the first three-rotations (145.525-145.150) and needed to hold off a Tar Heel team that nailed all of its routines and beam. However, the Wildcats did the same in the floor exercise for their best performance all year, holding off the visitors, who posted a 49.1 on beam, as compared to a 48.975 in the floor for UNH.


    COLLEGE PARK, Md.—Nine members of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics squad were named to the EAGL All-Academic squad after their outstanding efforts in the classroom.
    In all, 94 gymnasts, the second-highest total in the 12-year history of the EAGL, were recognized.
    In order to be named to the EAGL All-Academic team, the student-athletes must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the two previous semesters. Freshmen are eligible if they have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester.
    Senior Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was one of only 15 student-athletes to be named to the EAGL All-Academic squad for the fourth consecutive time.



    COLLEGE PARK Md. — The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team posted a solid score of 193.525, good for second in a quad meet held at the University of Maryland on Friday evening.
    Maryland took first-place honors with a score of 194.7, followed by UNH, Temple (191.2) and then James Madison (187.45).


    DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team recorded its best team score of the season, as the squad posted four individual career highs and defeated EAGL rival University of Maryland 195.250 to 194.550 Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. Five gymnasts for the Wildcats also tied their personal records.


    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).


    DURHAM, N.H.-The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team may have been defeated by the University of Denver on Sunday, but the Wildcats posted their best overall team score of the season with 194.150 points. Denver won the meet with an impressive team score of 195.650. The outstanding score is important for the UNH program as it improves its national ranking, which is used in determining which teams compete at the NCAA Regionals in April.


DURHAM, N.H. — Not often can a team count on rookies to step in and make an immediate impact.  Luckily for the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team, it does have that luxury and fans will have an opportunity to see these young freshmen compete for three straight weekends, as the Wildcats compete at home on Feb. 4 vs. Denver, Feb. 10 in the Fox Run Invitational and Feb. 17 vs. Maryland.


    PITTSBURGH-- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team finished second in a three-team meet at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday evening, posting a score of 191.4.Pitt won the meet with a total of 192.775 and Air Force placed third with 184.925.
    The Wildcats were led in vault by freshman Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) as she checked in with a third-place score of 9.725 and freshman Kelsey Alwin (St. Michael, Minn.)was not far behind with an impressive score of 9.7
    On bars, UNH performed well but it was not reflected by the low scores of the meet. Diodati was solid again for the 'Cats with UNH's top score of 9.7 to tie for fourth overall, while junior  Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) recorded a 9.65.


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.



KINGSTON, R.I.-- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team is now 3-1 on the season after placing second in a quad meet at the University of Rhode Island on Friday evening.


College Park, Md.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymastics team, on the heels of its season-opening victory over Rutgers, swept all three EAGL Conference weekly honors on Tuesday. Leading the way was sophomore all-arounder Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) who took first-place in the all-around with an impressive score of 38.925.


    DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team opened up the 2007 campaign with a victory, as the Wildcats defeated EAGL Conference rival Rutgers on Saturday evening, 191.775-190.125, in Lundholm Gym.


DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team will feature many new faces in its lineup as it heads into its season-opening home meet vs. Rutgers on Sat., Jan. 6. The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium and tickets are still available at www.unhwildcats.com. UNH head coach Gail Goodspeed will count on the leadership and high scores of her veterans, but she also expects the freshmen to step in and play a major role following the graduation of many outstanding senior gymnasts.  




    DURHAM-N.H.--The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team kicked off the 2006-2007 season with its “Meet the Team” event at the Lundholm Gymnasium on December 2nd.  The Blue vs. White intra-squad meet allowed the Wildcats to debut their competitive routines in front of a crowd and give the fans a sneak peek into the upcoming season.  Also, UNH introduced its freshman class of Kelsey Alwin (St. Michael, Minn.), Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine), Diane Grey (Spring, T.X.), Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.), Jennifer Liston (N. Yarmouth, Maine), and Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.).


   DURHAM, N.H. — Head Coach Gail Goodspeed of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team announced Monday that Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.), a level 10 gymnast, has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Wildcat women’s gymnastics program in the fall of 2007. 
    Steinberg attends Ridgewood High School and trains at the U.S. Gymnastics Development Center. She is coached by Joao Ribeiro and Suzanne Soto.
    The title of 2004 Junior Olympic National Beam Champion is only one of Chelsea's many accomplishments. She has qualified to the Junior Olympic national championship for the last four years and placed as high as 10th in the all-around. Her USAG gymnastics career includes a state all-around and balance beam championship title, as well as regional vault and beam titles.



    The 2007 University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team is planning on “Steppin’ It Up” this year. The 2006 team qualified to the NCAA Regional meet for the 25th consecutive time and competed in this prestigious post-season competition. It is a goal of the 2007 team to qualify once again to the NCAA Regional meet and advance from there to the National Championship, a feat last achieved in 1994. This year’s Championship is hosted by the University of Utah and it would be a fitting accomplishment for the UNH team to qualify as this was the site of the last championship UNH attended as a full squad.








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