Gymnast Danielle Reibold named EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year & All-EAGL First Team

Danielle Reibold

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – University of New Hampshire gymnast Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) headlined a list of three Wildcats named to the All-East Atlantic Gymnastics League First Team and was honored as the first EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year in school history. Those announcements were made as part of Friday night's EAGL Championship banquet at the Westin Convention Center.

Reibold joins teammates Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) and Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) on the All-EAGL First Team. Co-captain Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) were both selected to the All-EAGL Second Team, and Carr was feted as UNH's team MVP. Associate head coach Ed Datti and assistant coach Jess Kelley were named the EAGL Assistant Coaches of the Year.
 
Reibold, a four-time member of the EAGL All-Academic Team and three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American, becomes the first 'Cat gymnast to be commended as a league's top scholar-athlete since Nicole Mullins was named the ECAC Academic Gymnast of the Year in 1993. The biomedical science major was recognized as an All-EAGL First Team gymnast on uneven bars for the third consecutive year after ranking eighth on the apparatus with a 9.800 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), a 9.782 average and a season-high 9.875 that she recorded in a first-place effort at the Pennsylvania quad-meet on Feb. 10. The Horsham, Pa., native, who tacked on first-place bar scores in three additional meets, was previously named to the All-EAGL Second Team on bars as a freshman in 2009 and earned a place on the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on bars in both '09 and '11 to go along with All-Tourney First Team on beam ('09) and Second Team on bars ('10).
 
Ali Carr
Fobes was tabbed to the All-EAGL First Team on bars one year after earning Second Team honors in that event. The junior is EAGL's fourth-ranked bar performer with an RQS of 9.830, an average of 9.825 and a season-high 9.925, which she scored in an upset victory against 23rd-ranked West Virginia on Feb. 25. After missing the first two meets of the season with an injured wrist, Fobes has rebounded to gain at least a share of UNH's top bar score in seven of the last nine meets, including four first-place performances. The Howell, N.J., native garnered 2011 All-EAGL First Team honors on floor exercise and all-around in addition to claiming EAGL All-Tournament First Team distinction in 2010 (vault) and 2011 (bars, all-around), along with an All-Tournament Second Team berth on floor in '10.
 
Gray posted EAGL's No. 6 ranking on balance beam during her rookie campaign with a 9.815 RQS, a 9.634 average score and a career-high 9.900, which she first accomplished in the Penn quad-meet (Feb. 10) to win the EAGL Rookie of the Week award before equaling the mark at the UNH Invitational quad-meet (March 3). Gray was the Wildcats' top scorer on beam five times and registered at least a share of first place in four meets.
 
Carr takes home All-EAGL Second Team honors in vault and beam as the league's ninth-ranked gymnast in both events. The Chelmsford, Mass., native paced the 'Cats on vault nine times, including four first-place results, with an RQS of 9.830, an average of 9.823 and a career-high 9.875 in a triumph versus Pittsburgh on Jan. 21. Carr's beam accolades include a 9.785 RQS, a 9.643 season average, a pair of first-place finishes and a personal-best 9.900 against West Virginia that resulted in her being named the EAGL Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 28. The senior's past All-EAGL awards include First Team on bars ('09) and vault ('11) and Second Team on bars ('11). She recorded EAGL All-Tournament Second Team honors on bars ('09, '11).
 
Hudson, an All-EAGL Second Team vault competitor, collects the first all-league award of her career after notching the team's top vault score in three meets, highlighted by a personal-best 9.850 against Arizona (March 11) in which she tied Carr for second place. The sophomore's vault RQS is 9.805, tied for 12th in the league, and she averaged a 9.768.

Datti, in his 31st season at UNH, receives his second career EAGL assistant coach award (2010), while Kelley garners the honor in her first year at the University.

During the awards ceremony, the three Wildcat EAGL weekly winners were recognized: Kate McGeever (Saco, Maine), who won EAGL Specialist of the Week on Jan. 24; Gray, who captured EAGL Rookie of the Week honors Feb. 14 and Carr, the EAGL Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 28.

UNH was also lauded for its league-leading 15 members of the EAGL All-Academic Team
 
The Wildcats (12-5, 4-1), who finished in second place at the 2011 EAGL Championship for their best result since their championship-winning 2003 season, will compete in the 2012 EAGL Championship, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, on Saturday, March 24, starting at 2 p.m. Fans can follow all the action on www.unhwildcats.com and twitter.com/UNHAthletics. Live stats and video will be available at PittsburghPanthers.com.
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