GAME DAY: Gymnastics Takes on Defending Ivy League Champion Penn in Friday Night Quad-Meet
New Hampshire (5-1, 2-0 EAGL) at Pennsylvania (7-2) w/ Brockport (3-4), Wilson (0-5)
Feb. 10, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. • Hutchinson Gymnasium • Philadelphia, Pa.
LAST TIME OUT: DURHAM, N.H. • FEB. 4, 2012 - Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) tied for first place in three events and the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team notched a season-high 195.475 points to defeat Brown University and Yale University in a tri-meet at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday night.The Wildcats improved to 5-1 on the season by defeating the Bulldogs (4-2) and Bears (1-3) in a non-league event. Yale finished second with 190.275 points, and Brown amassed 189.675 points for third place.
Fobes was awarded the meet's Katie Baldwin Expression Award after tying Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) for the event victory on uneven bars with a 9.825, tying Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) for first place on balance beam with a 9.825 and scoring a 9.85 to match Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa., personal best) for the high mark on floor exercise.
"Austyn just takes it to a whole different level, in terms of the look she has on the floor," head coach Gail Goodspeed said. "She is just so beautiful and clean in her performances."
The 'Cats won all four events, scoring a 48.875 on vault and season highs of 48.85 on bars, 48.8 on beam and 48.95 on floor.
Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) won the vault with a 9.85, followed by Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.), who tied a personal best with a 9.825, and Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.), who scored a 9.75 for third place.
Carr scored a 9.8 on bars to take third place on that apparatus, behind co-winners Fobes and Reibold; the senior co-captain added a 9.8 on beam for third place behind co-victors Gray and Fobes.
Yale's Tara Feld and Brown's Michelle Shnayder tied for third on floor with scores of 9.825. Feld won the all-around with a 38.775, and Shnayder chalked up a 38.675 for second place in AA. Yale's Morgan Traina (38.1) finished third.
"I'm feeling good about our depth. We have 16 people competing, and they're all competing at a very high level," Goodspeed said.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS: The Quakers, defending Ivy League champions, have registered three consecutive 191-plus scores, most recently defeating Cornell and Brockport in a tri-meet Feb. 4. Senior Laura DiPaolo was named ECAC Specialist of the Week on Tuesday following two solid routines on the vault and uneven bars. This marks the fifth weekly award that gymnastics has earned in the first four weeks of the season and the second consecutive week that Penn has earned the specialist of the week. Dana Bonincontri took home this same honor the previous week.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES: The College at Brockport is ranked No. 1 in the country among Division III teams. The Golden Eagles scored a season-best 187.575 points in a tri-meet against D-I schools Cornell and Penn last Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y. Taylor Wierzba led the way with a 9.75 score on the floor exercise finishing second overall. Junior Taryn Kateridge and senior Kileigh Chapman tied for fourth on the floor with each picking up scores of 9.65. Elizabeth Levy added a 9.55 and Stephanie Pastorelli chipped in a 9.5 score on her routing for the Golden Eagles.
SCOUTING THE PHOENIX: Wilson College dropped its only home meet of the season, scoring 145.6 points in a setback against Ithaca College, which totaled 181 points. The Phoenix, which previously scored 125.65 points in a quad-meet loss to Towson, West Chester, Ursinus and Springfield, is 0-5 on the season.
NEXT UP: Following Friday night's quad-meet, UNH returns to EAGL competition with a road meet at 21st-ranked North Carolina State on Friday, Feb. 17. The Wildcats' next home meet is Saturday, Feb., 25, at 7 p.m. against No. 24 West Virginia.