CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) accrued team-leading scores on vault (9.800) and balance beam (9.775) as the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team took second place in a tri-meet won by host and eighth-ranked Oregon State on Friday night at Gill Coliseum. Seattle Pacific finished in third place.
The Wildcats (12-5, 4-1 EAGL) finished with 193.050 points to place behind the Beavers (10-2-1), who totaled a 196.725. The Falcons (5-12) scored a 191.000.
UNH stumbled out of the gate on bars with several faults early in the lineup before Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) helped the 'Cats fight back by tallying a 9.775 for sixth place. Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) and Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) scored matching 9.700s to tie for eighth place, and New Hampshire ended the rotation with a score of 47.900, which was its lowest bar total since a 47.750 at Rutgers on Jan. 7.
The Wildcats suffered from uncharacteristic wobbles and faulty landings on beam during the second rotation, though Carr's efforts earned her sixth place and Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) scored a strong 9.725 to tie for eighth place. UNH compiled a 48.225 team beam score.
Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine) and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) led a strong floor lineup that stuck landings and displayed powerful tumbling. McGeever and Machado scored a 9.725 to earn a tie for sixth place, and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) hit for a 9.700 to tie for ninth and round out a strong team showing of 48.350.
New Hampshire closed out the meet by putting together its highest score of the night on vault. Co-captains Carr (fourth place) and Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y., 9.750, sixth place) ignited a unit that scored a 48.575.
UNH heads to the University of Pittsburgh for the 2012 EAGL Championship meet Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. The Wildcats finished second in the 2011 EAGLs for their best showing since their 2003 championship season. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.