January 21, 2012

Gymnastics Tops Pittsburgh, 194.15-193.725

Kate McGeever

DURHAM, N.H.Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine) recorded a personal-best and meet-high 9.9 on floor exercise, and Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) posted first-place scores on vault, uneven bars and balance beam to lead the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team past Pittsburgh, 194.15-193.725, in an EAGL meet Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH upped its record to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in EAGL competition, while Pitt dropped to 0-2 on the season and 0-2 in EAGL action.

The Wildcats began the meet on vault, where Carr tallied a personal-best 9.875 to lead the charge. Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) finished second with a career-high 9.825, and Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) also set a personal benchmark with a 9.8, tying the Panthers' Haley Sedgewick for third place. UNH won the event, 48.975-48.6.

"Without Courtney Connors in the lineup, everyone else stepped up on vault and picked us up," head coach Gail Goodspeed said.

Carr and Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) tied for the top spot on bars with matching 9.775 scores, edging teammate Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J./9.75), who finished in a deadlock for third place with Pittsburgh's Amy Varela. The 'Cats outscored the Panthers on bars, 48.675-47.85.

New Hampshire struggled on beam, with the exception of Carr's first-place 9.875, a personal best. Katie O'Rourke and Alicia Talucci of Pittsburgh scored matching 9.8s to share second place. Reibold (9.7), who tied for fifth, was the only other Wildcat with a top-5 finish on the apparatus. The Panthers captured the beam, 48.7-47.7.

"I was disappointed in our beam score, which cost us the chance to hit our goal of a 195," Goodspeed said. "It was the one area where our lack of attention to detail hurt us."

The Wildcats closed the meet strong on floor, edging the Panthers 48.8-48.575 courtesy of McGeever's dynamic first-place routine and a second-place showing from Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.), who equaled her career-high 9.85 score for the second straight week.  Pitt's Haley Bodenheimer tied Machado for second, and Tasia Percevecz (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) tallied a 9.775 for fourth place.

"Kate really showed us something on floor performance by adding difficulty to her routine and showing improved confidence," Goodspeed said. "Our entire senior class had great meets. Now we need the rest of the team to improve for next week. The good news is that we are getting better and we have a long way to go."

Bodenheimer (38.85) won the all-around championship, and Sedgewick (38.675) was the runner-up.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Jan. 28, for a non-league meet at Northern Illinois that begins at 8 p.m. EST. UNH returns home for a tri-meet against Yale and Brown on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.


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