New Hampshire (1-0, 1-0 EAGL) vs No. 13 Penn State (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Jan. 15, 2012 • 1:00 p.m. • Lundholm Gymnasium • Durham, N.H.
LAST TIME OUT: PISCATAWAY, N.J.• Jan. 7, 2012 - Jannelle Minichiello (Orlando, Fla.) and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) tied for first place in balance beam to help the University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team earn a 191.05-189.575 victory over Rutgers in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League opener for both teams at Livingston Recreation Center.
The Wildcats began the meet by hitting on five of six routines on uneven bars to outscore the Scarlet Knights, 47.75-47.375. Reibold and co-captain Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) turned in exceptional performances, though tight judging resulted in matching 9.65 scores.
UNH's second event was vault, where Carr once again shined by sticking her vault for a 9.825, good for second place. Co-captain Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) and freshman Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) tallied identical scores of 9.6, and the 'Cats amassed a team total of 48.075 to edge Rutgers, which scored 47.7.
The home team enjoyed its only advantage on floor exercise, nipping New Hampshire 48.5-48.05. Reibold provided UNH's top score with a 9.7, followed by Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine) and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.), who each registered a 9.625.
Minichiello set the tone for the team's beam success by turning in an outstanding performance for a first-place 9.75, which was subsequently matched by Reibold. The duo helped offset uncharacteristic errors from the rest of the beam team, as the 'Cats prevailed on that apparatus, 47.175-46.
LAST MEETING: UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.• Jan. 22, 2011 – Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) tied for first place in balance beam, hitting for a 9.875, but the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team was edged in a tightly contested meet at Penn State University, 195.275-194.475. Steinberg was the top Wildcat on vault, with a second-place score of 9.825. After struggling on the uneven bars, the senior co-captain bounced back with her high score-sharing beam performance and a tie for second in floor exercise (9.85), giving her an all-around total of 38.275.
Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) was UNH's most consistent performer, competing in all four events to amass a team-best all-around score of 39.025, just behind all-around champion Sharaya Musser (39.4) of Penn State. Fobes tied for third on vault (9.8), finished fifth on bars (9.65), claimed fifth on beam (9.775) and finished strongly with a third-place performance on floor (9.8). Penn State captured vault, 49.05-48.9, with Wildcats Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Ali Carr (Chemlsford, Mass.) tying for fourth place at 9.775.
The Nittany Lions eked out a win on bars, 48.7-48.225, with Katie Lawrence (Lyme, Conn.) and Carr recording New Hampshire-leading scores of 9.7, tied for fourth. Buoyed by Steinberg's stellar outing, the Wildcats chalked up their one apparatus triumph on beam, with a slight 48.825-48.45 advantage. Lawrence (9.8) placed third and Fobes (9.775) notched a fifth-place performance. Penn State rounded out its victory with a team score of 49.075 on floor, bettering UNH's 48.525.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS: The 13th-ranked Penn State women's gymnastics team opened the 2012 slate with a first place finish in a tri-meet hosted by West Virginia on Jan. 8. The Nittany Lions earned a team score of 195.775, while West Virginia (195.1) finished second and Maryland (194.225) took third. Penn State's score of 195.775 was the highest score the Nittany Lions have earned in a season-opening meet in program history. Sharaya Musser (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned the all-around crown with a 39.5. Musser, a 2011 NCAA National Championship all-around participant, was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week on Monday for the sixth time in her career. Musser earned three individual event top scores with a 9.9 on vault, a 9.85 on bars and a 9.9 on beam. Musser also tied for second on floor with a 9.85.