GYMNASTS PLACE THIRD AT WEST VIRGINIA QUAD MEET

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MORGANTOWN, W.V.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team took third place in a quad meet at the University of West Virginia on Saturday, posting a team score of 193.4. The University of West Virginia won the meet with a team total of 196.175, followed by Minnesota (195.375) and fourth-place Rutgers (188.575).
    The meet was significant for UNH, as it gave the Wildcats a chance to get familiar with the site of the 2008 EAGL Championships, which will take place at West Virginia on March 29.  
    Several UNH gymnasts posted strong individual efforts and the Wildcats were led by junior Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.), who made a strong bid for EAGL Specialist of the week with scores of 9.85 in the vault, 9.775 in the floor exercise and 9.7 on beam.
    Her 9.85 judgement on vault was good enough for her to finish in a tie for third with sophomore teammate Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine).
    Diodati also led the Wiildcats on bars with a third-place mark of  9.8.
    On balance beam UNH’s top performer on a regular basis this season has been sophomore Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.), as she led the squad with an impressive 9.75 score to tie for ninth overall.
    Turner and senior Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) were the top performers for UNH in the floor exercise, tying for 10th place after posting a pair of 9.775 marks.
    In the all-around competition, freshman Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) continues to work hard and improve in all four events and she was sixth among the meet all-arounders with a score of 38.125.
    The women’s gymnastics team will celebrate senior day on Sat, March 22, in the final home meet of the 2008 campaign when they entertain North Carolina State. The competition is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium and tickets are still available at www.unhwildcats.com.

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