DURHAM, N.H. – Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) was the top performer on the balance beam and Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) recorded the highest score on the parallel bars to lead the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team to a season-high score of 195.800 and second-place finish at the UNH Invitational that was held Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The University of Bridgeport won the meet with an overall team score of 196.350. UNH was followed by the University of Maryland (194.875) and Brown University (191.575).
Gray was awarded UNH's Katie Baldwin Expression Award. She tied her personal best on the balance beam with her winning judgment of 9.900 and recorded a career-high 9.850 to finish as the top 'Cat – and fifth overall – in the floor exercise.
UNH began the meet on vault and was led by Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.), who finished third on the event with a 9.850. Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) equaled her personal best of 9.825 to finish sixth. The Wildcats' team score of 48.850 was second to UB's 48.875.
Fobes led a quartet of 'Cats among the top six scorers on bars with a mark of 9.900. Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) performed a personal-best 9.850 to tie teammate Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) for fourth place. Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) placed in a three-way tie for sixth place at 9.825, which marked a career high. New Hampshire tallied a season high of 49.200, which was also the top score of the night.
The Wildcats then competed on beam, where Gray tied for the top mark with Bridgeport's Sasha Tsikhanovich. Carr was UNH's next top performer in a tie for fifth place at 9.750. The 'Cats finished with a team score of 48.750, which was second best to UB's 49.100.
UNH finished the meet on floor exercise, where Gray and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Md.) were the top 'Cats at 9.850. The Wildcats were third best on the event with an aggregate score of 49.000; Bridgeport, led by a pair of 9.900 performances from Emily Repko and Monica Mesalles, led the way at 49.350 and were followed by Maryland, whose Katy Dodds also recorded a 9.900, at 49.075.
Mesalles also recorded the highest vault score of 9.925 and was the top all-around performer at 39.450. Brown's Michelle Shnayder was the only other all-around competitor at 38.825.
New Hampshire returns to action March 11 against the University of Arizona. The Senior Day meet begins at 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.