TWO UNH GYMNASTS TO COMPETE AT NCAA NORTHEAST REGIONALS
DURHAM, N.H.— Sophomore gymnasts Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) and Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) will be representing the University of New Hampshire as individual competitors at the NCAA Northeast Regionals, which will take place on April 12 at Penn State beginning at 6 p.m.
    Diodati was the only individual gymnast from the region invited to compete on vault, as well as on bars, while LaFountain was selected to compete on balance beam.
    Both gymnasts were recently named first-team All-EAGL (East Atlantic Gymnastics League) in their respective events. Diodati, who placed third in vault at the EAGL Championships, checked in with qualifying scores of 9.855 in vault and posted a mark of 9.81 on bars as well. LaFountain posted a 9.815 qualifying score on beam.
    The UNH gymnasts will be competing in rotations along with Iowa State. Other teams selected to compete at the Northeast Regional include: Georgia, Auburn, Denver, Penn State,  and Brigham Young.
    The Wildcats also had three gymnasts named alternates behind their selected teammates. Senior Rebekah Porter (Vaparaiso, Ind.) is the alternate on bars, junior Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) is the alternate in vaulting, and freshman Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) was selected on balance beam.
    Diodati and LaFountain will be looking to win their respective events in order to be able to move onto the NCAA National Championship meet on April 24-26, which will take place at the University of Georgia.
    UNH has had a total of nine gymnasts go on to earn individual titles at NCAA regionals under head coach Gail Goodspeed, most recently Amanda Hall earned the honor in the floor exercise in 2006.
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