DURHAM, N.H.— The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team placed fourth out of eight teams in a hard-fought East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship meet held at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
The winner of the league meet was North Carolina (196.025), followed by North Carolina State (195.700), West Virginia (195.075), UNH (194.700), Pittsburgh (194.4), Maryland (194.200), George Washington (193.575) and Rutgers (187.850). It marked the fourth EAGL title for UNC.
The Wildcats battled their way to first place in the sixth rotation with a score of 146.9, as all eight teams had three events completed. However, UNH was on balance beam in the final eighth rotation and was unable to hold on, scoring a team total of 48.250 on beam to fall into fourth place.
The Wildcats performed very well on vault, posting a team total of 49.15 for the highest score of any team in the meet in that event. UNH was also strong on bars and floor, posting the third best totals of 49.025 and 48.725, respectively.
Individually, several Wildcats were ranked among the top performers. Leading the way for the team was senior Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine), who placed third in vault with a 9.875 and tied for fourth on bars with a 9.85.
Also having a solid meet for the ‘Cats was junior Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) as she earned second place on balance beam with a 9.85. She was one of three Wildcats tied for eighth place on vault with scores of 9.825. Gymnasts tied with her included freshmen Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.). Steinberg was 14th in the all-around competition with a 38.6.
Tied for seventh place on bars were senior Diane Grey (Spring, Texas) and junior Katie Lawrence (Lyme, Conn.) with scores of 9.825.
The Wildcats have a very good chance of earning a bid to an NCAA Regional Championship as they were ranked 34th in the nation this past week. The announcement will be made early this week.