GAME DAY: Gymnastics Hosts annual UNH Invitational on Saturday night (7 p.m.)
New Hampshire (9-2, 3-1 EAGL) vs Maryland (9-7, 3-3 EAGL) vs Brown (3-8), vs Bridgeport (12-5)
March 3, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. • Lundholm Gymnasium • Durham, N.H.
LAST TIME OUT: Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored a 9.9 on uneven bars and balance beam, and Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) hit for a meet-high 9.925 on bars to power the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team past No. 23 West Virginia, 195.75-194.225, in an EAGL meet at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Wildcats (9-2, 3-1 EAGL) compiled their season-high score to hand the Mountaineers (10-4, 5-1) their first league loss of the year.
"Ali and Austyn had outstanding performances that not only allowed us to crack our weekly goal of 195, but got us close to a 196," head coach Gail Goodspeed said. "Hopefully this will give us the confidence to keep rolling for the rest of the season."
Fobes and Carr registered their top bar scores of the year to finish first and second, respectively, which propelled the 'Cats to 49.1 points, the team's highest bar tally of the season. Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) scored a 9.8 to take fourth place, and Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) matched her season high with a 9.775 to forge a deadlock with Sloanhoffer for fifth.
Carr's first-place beam performance headlined a team score of 48.925, matching UNH's top beam result of the season and bettering WVU's 47.45. Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) registered a personal-best 9.825 for third place and Reibold shared fourth place with a 9.775.
"Adrienne Hill was a key factor tonight. The freshman stepped up at the top of the lineup and nailed all three of her events," Goodspeed said.
Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) took the top score on floor exercise with a career-high-tying 9.85, which marked the third time in the last four meets the sophomore has at least tied for the squad's high floor score. Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) tied for third place at 9.8.
"I'm happy for the win but I'm even happier for the high score because it takes off a little bit of pressure in trying to qualify for the NCAA Regionals," Goodspeed said. "It feels good to be home and to have a performance like this."
SCOUTING MARYLAND: The Terrapins are averaging 193.995 per meet, which is tied for 32nd nationally. Maryland has scored over 194 in three of its past four meets. On vault, the Terps average 48.775, which is 24th nationally and third in the EAGL. Maryland's 48.68 on floor is tied for 32nd nationally and is fourth in the league. The Terps boast the top two gymnasts in the league on vault. Sophomore Katy Dodds and junior Ally Krikorian average 9.855 and 9.845, respectively, while on floor, Dodds is first in the EAGL with a 9.84 average and Krikorian is fourth with a 9.795 average. Freshman Stephanie Giameo ranks second in the league on beam (9.775) and sophomore Karen Tang leads the Terps on bars with a 9.78 average.
SCOUTING BROWN: This will be the Wildcats' second encounter with the Bears in 2012. UNH defeated Brown and Yale in a tri-meet at Lundholm Gymnasium on Feb. 4. The Wildcats totaled a then-season-high 195.475 points, while the Bears accumulated 189.675 points for third place. More recently, the Bears finished in third place at the Ivy Classic hosted by Cornell University on Feb. 26. Brown combined for a team score of 191.075, falling just short of first-place Penn (192.650) and second-place Cornell (191.875), but finishing ahead of the Yale Bulldogs (190.725). Sophomore Michelle Shnayder led the Bears by capturing the vault title with a 9.775. Capturing the meet's second-highest individual score of the day, junior Nicole Abdo tied the school record on the uneven bars after receiving a 9.85, giving her second place. Emily Lutfey and freshman Allison Rubenstein earned second-place finishes on the balance beam with a solid 9.725. On the floor exercise, Lutfey garnered second with a stellar 9.775. In the all-around competition, Shnayder compiled a 38.450 for fifth place.
SCOUTING BRIDGEPORT: The Purple Knights won a quad-meet at Rutgers last weekend with Air Force and Eastern Michigan. Bridgeport is the top-rated team in the ECAC and averages 193.225 per meet. The Purple Knights' top event is floor. The squad averages 48.519, which is the best in the conference. Monica Mesalles is the top gymnast in the ECAC on vault and floor. Mesalles averages 9.865 on vault and 9.800 on floor.
CARR NAMED EAGL GYMNAST OF THE WEEK: UNH senior gymnast Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) was named the EAGL Gymnast of the Week on Tuesday. The senior co-captain was instrumental in the Wildcats' season-high 195.75 points in an upset victory against No. 23 West Virginia last Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. Carr began the meet by recording the Wildcats' top finish on vault, where she hit for a 9.825 to tie for fourth place. The Chelmsford, Mass., native then scored a 9.9 on uneven bars, where she placed second and helped guide UNH to 49.1 points, its highest bar score of the season. She capped her night by establishing a first-place 9.9 on balance beam to headline a team tally of 48.925, matching UNH's top beam score of the year. This marks Carr's first career EAGL weekly award and the third garnered by a Wildcat in 2012. Senior Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine) was named the EAGL Specialist of the Week on Jan. 24, and freshman Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) was recognized as the EAGL Rookie of the Week on Feb. 14.