Gymnastics Plays Host to Pittsburgh in EAGL Meet on Saturday, Jan. 21 (4 p.m.)
New Hampshire (1-1, 1-0 EAGL) vs Pittsburgh (0-1, 0-1 EAGL)
Jan. 21, 2012 • 4:00 p.m. • Lundholm Gymnasium • Durham, N.H. • Spirit Day
Live Video: UNHWildcats.TV
LAST TIME OUT: DURHAM, N.H.: • Jan. 15, 2012 - Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) secured second place in floor exercise with a personal-best-matching 9.85 and the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team registered a season-high 194.25 points, but 13th-ranked Penn State totaled 196.125 points to pull out the victory at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats began the meet on vault, where Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) stuck her dismount for a career-high 9.8, tied for third place with Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.), but Penn State's Sharaya Musser notched an incredible 9.95 to ignite the Lions' 49.1-48.825 team edge on the apparatus.
Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) turned in a brilliant uneven bar routine to earn a three-way tie for first place with a 9.8, matched by Penn State's Musser and Madison Merriam. Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored a 9.775 for fourth place, but Penn State edged New Hampshire on bars, 48.825-48.55.
The Nittany Lions swept the top three spots on balance beam with Musser (9.9), Daryl Konsevick (9.85) and Whitney Bencsko (9.825) claiming the high scores, though UNH's Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) shined with a team-leading, personal-best 9.775 for fifth place. PSU won the event, 49.075-48.125.
Machado's floor routine, which earned her the meet's Katie Baldwin Expression Award, was bested only by Merriam's 9.875. Bencsko, Konsevick and Penn State's Krystal Welsh recorded matching 9.825 scores to share third-place honors, and the visiting team posted a 49.125-48.75 event win.
LAST MEETING: PITTSBURGH, Pa.• Jan. 23, 2011 – Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) earned the floor exercise victory and tied for second place on balance beam, uneven bars and all-around to help lead the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team to a 193.775-192.65 defeat of the previously unbeaten University of Pittsburgh in EAGL action.
The Wildcats, who improved to 3-2 on the season and 2-1 against EAGL competition, took command of the meet early on by capturing team triumphs on both vault (48.925-48.775) and uneven bars (48.225-47.55). The Panthers (2-1, 0-1 EAGL) rebounded to record a win in the balance beam competition (48.375-47.925) before UNH closed out the event with an impressive showing on floor (48.675-47.95).
Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) won the all-around by compiling a 38.8, followed immediately by Fobes, who posted a 38.625.
Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) claimed the vault championship with a score of 9.825, while Steinberg and Fobes tied for second place with matching scores of 9.8.
UNH swept the top two spots on bars, with event champion Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) registering a 9.75 and Fobes notching a 9.725 for second place. Steinberg was the top Wildcat on beam, finishing in second place with a 9.775; Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) recorded a fourth-place score of 9.675.
UNH shined brightest on floor, sweeping the top four positions with Fobes (9.825), Erin Machado (9.8, Swansea, Mass.), Steinberg (9.725) and Kate McGeever (9.675, Saco, Maine) leading the way.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: Pitt opened its season with a 193.85-189.65 loss to Maryland on Jan. 13. Senior Alicia Talucci and sophomore Brittney Harris set the pace on vault with matching scores of 9.675 for fourth place. Alyssa Adrian led the Panthers on uneven bars with a 9.7 for a third-place tie. Talucci scored a team-high and meet-leading 9.725 on the beam, and Harris tallied a 9.75 on floor to tie for third place.
In 2011, Adrian was an All-EAGL Second Team member who qualified for the NCAA Regionals on uneven bars. Katie O'Rourke earned EAGL All-Tournament honors on both vault and floor and concluded the year with five top-three finishes. Pitt placed seventh out of eight teams at the EAGL Championship.