GAME DAY: Gymnastics Challenges No. 19 N.C. State on Friday Night

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New Hampshire (8-1, 2-0 EAGL) at  No. 19 North Carolina State (5-3, 1-0 EAGL)

  Feb. 17, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. • Carmichael Gymnasium • Raleigh, N.C.  

Jillian Hudson

LAST TIME OUT:  PHILADELPHIA • FEB. 10, 2012 - 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.

SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK:  RALEIGH, N.C. • FEB. 10, 2012 - N.C. State sophomore Diahanna Ham tied the school record on vault with a 9.95 to pace the Wolfpack in a win at the Sweetheart Invitational over No. 10 Penn State, George Washington, and William & Mary on Feb. 11. The 21st-ranked Wolfpack finished the night with a team score of 196.775, the highest score since 2004, which also ties for fifth in school history.
      Ham's vault of 9.95 tied the school record, marked the highest-scoring vault since 2004 and took first place at the meet.  
    Senior Jess Panza captured a pair of 9.9s to lead the Wolfpack on floor exercise and beam, finishing first on floor and second on beam. Both of the scores were season highs for Panza.   State would finish with a team score of 49.225, the highest team score on any event this season, and fourth-best in program history.
On bars, junior Rachel Fincham led the way with a score of 9.85 for second. Sophomore Kristen Harabedian turned in a performance equally as impressive scoring a 9.8, a new season-high. NC State's team score, 48.975, represents the highest on the season.
    Freshman Lane Jarred and Rachel Fincham finished tied for third on beam scoring 9.875s, good for new career-highs for both. NC State completed the event with a score of 49.275, the 10th-highest score in school history.

GRAY NAMED EAGL ROOKIE OF WEEK:  UNH freshman gymnast Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) was named the EAGL Rookie of the Week on Feb. 14.
    Gray registered a career-high 9.9 to finish in first place on balance beam and added a personal-best 9.825 on floor exercise to share the top score in that event during UNH's quad-meet victory at the University of Pennsylvania on Feb. 10. The Wildcats extended their winning streak to seven and improved to 8-1 on the season by defeating Penn, Brockport and Wilson.
    Gray, who has notched the Wildcats' top beam score in four of their last five meets, becomes the second UNH gymnast to earn an EAGL weekly honor in 2012. The Buffalo, N.Y., native joins senior Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine), who was named the EAGL Specialist of the Week on Jan. 24.

NEXT UP: The Wildcats return to Lundholm Gymnasium for an EAGL battle against West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

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