GYMNASTS IMPROVE TO 11-2 WITH VICTORIES OVER GEORGE WASHINGTON AND WILLIAM & MARY

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team is now 11-2 on the season after posting a pair of victories over the likes of George Washington and William & Mary on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats won the tri-meet with a high score of 193.0, followed in second place by GWU (192.375) and by The Tribe in third place (191.750).

As a team, UNH was very strong in the floor exercise with a top score of 49.025, but the team struggled once again on beam with three missed routines. The Wildcats also performed well on vault with a total team score of 48.750.

Leading the way for the’Cats was senior Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine), junior all-arounder Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) and senior specialist Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.)

Steinberg tied for first place overall in the all-around competition with a four-event score of 38.8. She placed third on vault with a score of 9.750, first on balance beam with the top score of the meet (9.775), and tied for sixth on floor with a 9.80.

Diodati, last week’s EAGL Specialist of the Week, made a good bid at the award again this week as she took first place on vault with a 9.8 and tied for first on bars with a score of 9.725.

Another candidate for EAGL honors as a specialist is LaFountain who placed second on balance beam with a second-place judgement of 9.750 and she was second on floor as well with a score of 9.850.

UNH freshmen continue to show improvement in the Wildcat lineup. For example freshman gymnast Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) was strong in two events, tying for sixth place in vault (9.70) and tying for ninth place in the floor exercise with a mark of 9.750. Also performing well in floor was freshman Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) with a score of 9.80 to tie for sxith place.

The UNH gymnastics team will compete in its final regular season home meet of the season (Senior Night) on March 12 at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium vs. North Carolina State. UNH will also be the host of the EAGL Championships on March 27 at Lundholm Gym. Tickets for both events can be purchased online at www.unhwildcats.com.

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