March 22, 2013

Fobes Named Gymnastics MVP, All-EAGL First Team on Bars, All-Around

Austyn Fobes
All-EAGL First Team (Bars, AA); Team MVP
Hannah Barile
First Team (Floor), Second Team (Vault)
Kayla Gray
First Team (Beam), Second Team (Floor)
 
 Jen Aucoin
 Second Team (Bars)
 
Erika Rudiger 
 Second Team (Floor)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – University of New Hampshire senior gymnast Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) was named to the All-East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) First Team on uneven bars and all-around, Second Team on vault, balance beam and floor exercise and was feted as the Wildcats' team MVP during Friday night's EAGL Championship Banquet, held at the University of North Carolina's Blue Zone Concourse Club at Kenan Stadium.

Junior Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) was named All-EAGL First Team on floor and Second Team on vault; sophomore Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) garnered All-EAGL First Team on balance beam and Second Team on floor; senior co-captain Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) notched All-EAGL Second Team on bars, and sophomore Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) was tabbed to the All-EAGL Second Team on floor.

Fobes, who was a finalist for the EAGL Outstanding Senior award, is the league's third-ranked bar performer with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.845 and a season-high of 9.900, which she scored in the UNH Invitational quad-meet March 2. She finished in first place on bars five times as part of her team-leading 18 gold-medal performances. The Howell, N.J., native is EAGL's No. 4 all-around gymnast with a 39.130 RQS, four all-around titles and a league, season-high 39.425 against Rutgers on Jan. 6. Fobes' 9.790 vault RQS (T-15th) includes four first-place finishes, highlighted by a personal-best 9.850 versus the Scarlet Knights. The senior is ranked 14th on beam (9.790 RQS) with an event-winning 9.825 at Central Michigan (Jan. 11) representing a season-high mark, which she equaled in a tri-meet against George Washington and Yale (Feb. 3) and in a quad-meet at then-22nd-ranked Kent State (March 15). Fobes is tied for 10th in EAGL on floor exercise (9.845 RQS) with four first-place scores, headlined by a personal-best 9.900 at the UNH Invitational. She was previously honored as a member of the All-EAGL First Team on bars (2012), floor (2011) and all-around (2011) and All-EAGL Second Team on bars (2011).

Barile, a first-time All-EAGL honoree, has been the Wildcats' most consistent floor performer with a No. 5 ranking (9.860 RQS) that includes four first-place finishes and a personal-best 9.875 against Rutgers. EAGL's co-10th-ranked gymnast on vault (9.810 RQS) led or shared the Wildcats' high score on that apparatus six times, and she matched a career-high 9.825 four times in a six-week period.

Gray made it back-to-back years on the All-EAGL First Team for beam; the sophomore is No. 2 overall on beam with a 9.880 RQS, just 0.020 points behind league-leader and EAGL co-Gymnast of the Year Stephanie Giameo of Maryland. Gray registered six individual beam victories among her eight total first-place scores and is on a streak of three consecutive meets of 9.900 or greater, which culminated in a career-best 9.950 at Kent State last weekend. The native of Buffalo, N.Y., tied Fobes for EAGL's No. 10 floor ranking (9.845 RQS), highlighted by a 9.925 for gold at then-15th-ranked Penn State's quad-meet (March 9).

Aucoin celebrates her final year as a Wildcat with her first career All-EAGL award. The Second Team bar competitor posted a 9.795 RQS to claim a share of the league's No. 9 ranking. The co-captain set or equaled UNH's high bar score in three of the first five meets, including a first-place 9.875 against Temple and Brown on Jan. 26.

Rudiger, a first-time All-EAGL Second Team recipient, is tied for 15th on floor exercise (9.825 RQS). The three-event competitor recorded a floor victory at Kent State (9.825) and shared UNH's top floor score with a personal-best 9.875 at then-No. 25 West Virginia's quad-meet (Feb. 24).

UNH was also recognized for its league-leading 16 EAGL All-Academic Team members: Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.); Aucoin; Barile; Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.); Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.); Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.); Gray; Becca Marrama (Lynnfield, Mass.); Catarina Broccoli (Mystic, Conn.); Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio); Rebekah Bubnar (Granville, Ohio); Cassy Izzo (Cranston, R.I.); Brittany Prestia (Harleysville, pa.); Alexa Profit (St. James, N.Y.); Elissa Solomon (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Courtney Thompson (Chester, N.H.).

Three Wildcats received certificates commemorating their weekly EAGL awards during the 2013 season: Fobes (EAGL Gymnast of Week, Jan. 8; co-Gymnast of Week, Jan. 29); Barile (EAGL Specialist of Week, Jan. 8) and Gray (EAGL Gymnast of Week, Feb. 26). 

Mike Murphy, UNH associate director of athletic media and public relations, received the EAGL co-Administrator of the Year along with Dr. Beth Miller, University of North Carolina senior associate athletic director. Murphy, who is in his first season as EAGL's Sports Information Director, is in his third year with the Wildcats' gymnastics program as its media relations contact and public address announcer at home meets. He has been instrumental in designing New Hampshire's media guide, enhancing the program's web presence and developing its meet webcasts.

The 2013 EAGL Championship, hosted by the University of North Carolina, takes place at Carmichael Arena on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. For tickets, live video streaming and live results, visit www.goheels.com.

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