WASHINGTON, D.C. – University of New Hampshire gymnasts Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.), Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) were each named to the 2011 All-East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) First Team, the league announced Friday night. Fobes was recognized for her efforts on floor exercise and all-around, Reibold was honored for her work on uneven bars and Carr received accolades for her season on vault.
Senior co-captain Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) was selected as the Wildcats' EAGL Team MVP and was voted to the All-EAGL Second Team on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and all-around, marking the fourth straight season she's been honored as an all-league competitor. Fellow senior co-captain Katie Lawrence (Lyme, Conn.) takes home Second Team honors on beam for the first time in her career.
The awards were presented at the EAGL Championship Banquet at the Marvin Center Ballroom on the campus of George Washington University, the host school for Saturday afternoon's EAGL Championship meet.
Fobes was named to the All-EAGL First Team on both floor exercise, where she averaged a 9.825, and in all-around, where she averaged a 38.713. The sophomore set a personal best on floor with a 9.875 in the season-opening meet versus Rutgers on Jan. 9, and matched that score in the home finale against Central Michigan and Brown on March 7. Fobes' career-high 39.1 in all-around was established at No. 24 LSU on March 4. The Howell, N.J. native also notched All-EAGL Second Team recognition on bars, where she registered a UNH season-best and career-high 9.95 on March 7.
Carr was feted as an All-EAGL First Team performer on vault, where she averaged a 9.798. The junior achieved a personal-best 9.85 on the apparatus Feb. 12 at the UNH Invitational against Alaska-Anchorage, Brown and Michigan State. She tied that mark in the March 7 meet with Central Michigan and Brown at Lundholm Gymnasium. Carr also takes home All-EAGL Second Team honors in bars, highlighted by season-best-tying and meet-high 9.85 score in a quad meet at the University of Arizona with BYU and Texas Woman's University on March 11.
Reibold earned a spot on the All-EAGL First Team on uneven bars for the second consecutive year by virtue of her 9.773 average, the highest among league gymnasts. The junior twice tied her career high of 9.85 on bars: in home meets against Bridgeport (Jan. 30) and in the tri-meet versus Brown and Central Michigan (March 7).
Steinberg's season highlights included hitting for a personal-best 9.9 on vault at 24th-ranked LSU (March 4), scoring a personal-best-matching 9.875 on beam against Michigan (Feb. 5), reaching a season-high 9.85 on floor exercise five separate times and twice tallying a team-best 39.3 in all-around (Feb. 25, March 7).
Lawrence's career-high-tying 9.875 on beam equaled the top score in a home victory against Bridgeport on Jan. 30.
The First Team consists of the league's top six athletes, including ties, based on their season average. There were six Second Team representatives tabbed as the result of a league-wide vote of nominated student-athletes. Schools were not permitted to vote for their own gymnasts.
The EAGL Championship gets underway at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, in the Charles E. Smith Center. For information on live stats and video streaming, visit www.unhwildcats.com.