Gymnasts Conclude Regular Season With 3rd-Place Finish at Arizona Quad Meet

Jen Aucoin

TUCSON, Ariz.Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.), Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) and Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) tied for first place on uneven bars to highlight the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team's third-place finish in a quad meet at the University of Arizona's McKale Center on Friday night.

UNH, which compiled 194.625 points, concludes the regular-season portion of its schedule with a record of 11-9. Arizona, the host school, won the meet with a 195.625. Brigham Young University (195.3) finished second, and Texas Woman's University (191.475) finished fourth.

The Wildcats saved their best for last, posting the highest score on bars with a cumulative 49.1. Carr, Aucoin and Fobes all collected a share of first place by virtue of their matching 9.85 scores. Carr tied a season high on the apparatus, while Aucoin set a personal best.

"The team really stepped it up to finish bars strong with stuck landings on their dismounts," head coach Gail Goodspeed said. "We had a great meet with only one missed set and no counted falls."

Fobes was UNH's top all-around performer, scoring a 38.975 to finish in third place.

New Hampshire started the meet on balance beam, scoring a 48.35 for third place after one rotation. Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) was the top 'Cat on beam with a 9.775, registering the fifth-highest mark in that event.

UNH next moved to floor exercise, with Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) registering a 9.8 to tie for fourth place.

In the third rotation, Carr stuck her landing on vault for a 9.8, good for seventh place, and Fobes earned a 9.75 for an eighth-place tie, guiding the Wildcats to a team score of 48.55.

New Hampshire travels to George Washington University for the annual East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship meet on Saturday, March 19. The meet begins at 2 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C. For more information on the UNH gymnastics team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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