February 10, 2012

Gymnastics extends winning streak to seven with quad-meet victory at Penn

Kayla Gray

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored a personal-best 9.9 to finish first on balance beam and added a career-high 9.825 to share first on floor exercise to help the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team win a quad-meet at the University of Pennsylvania's Hutchinson Gymnasium on Friday night.

UNH, which collected 195.25 points, upped its record to 8-1 on the season and extended its winning streak to seven. Penn (9-3) finished runner-up with a season-high 192.95 points, The College at Brockport (4-6) took third place with a 186.425 and Wilson College (0-8) totaled 148.125 points for fourth place.

The Wildcats began the meet on balance beam, where they posted a season-high score of 48.925. Gray's 9.9 event-winning tally led the way, and Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) nailed her routine for a personal-best 9.85 for second place. Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) tied for fourth place with a 9.775.

On the next rotation, a balanced effort across the board on floor exercise earned the 'Cats a season-high 49.1 in that event. Four UNH gymnasts –Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.), Fobes, Gray and Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine)- scored matching marks of 9.825 to tie Penn's Kristen Strausbaugh for first place.

The Wildcats remained consistent on vault with Carr scoring a team-high and first-place 9.825 while Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) took second place with a 9.8. Barile's 9.725 earned her a share of third place, and the 'Cats recorded an event-leading 48.5.

New Hampshire wrapped up the meet on uneven bars, where Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) scored a career-high 9.875 to earn first place. Carr and Fobes tied for fourth place with matching scores of 9.775. The Wildcats capped a four-event sweep with a team total of 48.725.

UNH returns to EAGL competition next Friday, Feb. 17, with a 7 p.m. meet at No. 21 North Carolina State. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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