WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS OPENS 2010 SEASON WITH WIN AT RUTGERS (189.725-188.925)
N.J.—The University of New Hampshire women’s
gymnastics team, behind a pair of first-place performances by
junior Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.), opened the 2010 season
with a 189.725-188.925 victory at EAGL foe Rutgers on Saturday
Steinberg was a key to the win for the ‘Cats as she tied for a first-place score on vault (9.8), placed first on balance beam with a 9.725 and she finished second on bars overall with a mark of 9.575.
UNH also claimed first-place performances over Rutgers in two other events as sophomore Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) earned first place on bars with a score of 9.725 and junior Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) took top honors in the floor exercise with a judgement of 9.8 to lead all performers. Senior Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) tied Steinberg for first-place on vault with a score of 9.8.
The Wildcats finished 1-2-3 on vault, bars and beam, and took the top two spots in the floor exercise.
“It was our first meet of the season and I was glad to come away with the win,” said 31st year head coach Gail Goodspeed. “We started out on bars, but that was a disaster for us as we had to count a 7.65. However, the team pulled together and performed well in the final three events and was able to come away with the victory.”
The Wildcats will open the home portion of the 2010 season next weekend when the team will be the host of its own UNH Invitational, a four-team tournament featuring UNH, Utah State, Ball State and Yale. The meet will take place on Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. Tickets for the invitational and all UNH home gymnastics events can be bought online at www.unhwildcats.com.