PITTSBURGH- The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team improved to 4-0 on the season after winning a quad meet at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday night (Jan. 17) with an impressive season-high score of 194.025. Individual Wildcat gymnasts won or tied for first in all four events.
Placing second in the meet was Pittsburgh (193.025), followed by Bridgeport (188.475) and Air Force (186.90).
Leading the way for the ‘Cats was junior Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) who posted first-place finishes on both vault and bars. In the vault she led all gymnasts with an impressive score of 9.825 out of a field of 24. On bars she posted a high score with another 9.825 to earn first-place honors.
Junior Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) also took first-place on balance beam for the Wildcats with a score of 9.875 and she tied for third in the floor exercise with a judgement of 9.8.
In the floor exercise, senior co-captain Justine Turner (Salem, N.H) tied for first place with a high score of 9.775 completing the four-event sweep of first place for the ‘Cats. Turner also placed second in the vault with a mark of 9.8 and was third on beam with a 9.8.
UNH head coach Gail Goodspeed also received an outstanding performance in the all-around competition, as freshman Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) was second with a four-event total of 38.125. She recorded a mark of 9.575 on vault, a 9.75 on bars for third place overall, a 9.6 in floor and a 9.2 on beam.
Another strong performance for UNH included a second-place finish on beam by sophomore Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) with a 9.825.
The UNH gymnastics team will return to action on Jan. 24 at Bridgeport and the next home meet for the ‘Cats is set for Jan. 31 vs. North Carolina. That meet begins at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.unhwildcats.com.