DURHAM, N.H. – Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) placed first in vault and all-around to propel the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team to its highest score of the season (195.650) and a tri-meet victory against Brown and Temple on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats, who were competing in their first tri-meet of the season, improved to 4-1 by topping the Bears (191.750) and the Owls (190.225). Brown slipped to 3-2 and Temple fell to 0-9.
UNH started strong on vault with a season-best 48.875, including a sweep of the meet's top four scores. Fobes notched first place with a 9.825, while Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) finished in a second-place tie with matching scores of 9.800, which represented a personal best for Barile and a season high for Hudson. Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) matched her career-high mark with a 9.775 to earn a share of fourth place.
Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) ignited New Hampshire's uneven bar lineup with a first-place and personal-best 9.875. Fobes secured second place with a 9.850, and Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) set a career best with a 9.800 to equal Rudiger for third place. UNH amassed a 49.025 on bars for its highest score of the meet and top bar mark of the season.
The Wildcats made it three straight season-high scores in the third rotation by compiling a 48.900 on balance beam. Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) led the way with a 9.875, which matched her season high and registered first place. Aucoin set a personal best with a 9.800, which resulted in a share of third place with Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.), who tied her career high in the process.
UNH made it a four-event sweep by totaling a 48.850 on floor exercise. Machado starred with a 9.825 for the top spot, followed by a second-place 9.800 from Rudiger, who was awarded the meet's Katie Baldwin Expression Award for her efforts, and a 9.775 from Fobes, who finished third.
Fobes won the all-around gold with a 39.175, followed by Temple's Jean Alban (38.150) and Brown's Michelle Shnayder (37.875).
The Wildcats return to action when they take on George Washington and Yale in a tri-meet Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH will show its support in the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink for the annual Stick it for the Cure meet. Wear pink, and get in to the meet for just $3.00. The Wildcat Kids' Club Clinic will take place immediately following the meet. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.