Gray's Beam Victory Headlines Gymnastics' 195.400 at Yale

Kayla Gray

NEW HAVEN, Conn.Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) equaled a season high by scoring a meet-leading 9.875 on balance beam, and the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team claimed wins on all four events en route to Saturday afternoon's 195.400-188.700 victory over Yale at John J. Lee Amphitheater.

New Hampshire notched its second consecutive victory to improve to 4-3 overall; Yale slipped to 1-7, which includes two losses to UNH.

"We had great team energy in our drive to hit 24-for-24," head coach Gail Goodspeed said. "We were close last week, with 23-out-of-24, but today we took that next step and achieved our goal."

The Wildcats registered the top six scores on vault; Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) shared the top mark with a 9.850, which represented Aucoin's career high and matched Barile's personal best. Jennifer King (Freehold, N.J.) scored a personal-best 9.825 for third place, followed by Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va./9.775) and Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La./9.750). The 'Cats totaled a 49.050.

Rudiger hit for a season-high 9.775 on uneven bars to share first place with Yale's Morgan Traina. Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) finished with a personal-best 9.700 for third place, while Barile and Jessica Gracia (Bahama, N.C.) each earned a share of fourth place with matching scores of 9.675. UNH finished with a 48.450 on bars. 

Gray led a dominant beam contingent for New Hampshire, which swept the top four scores and had six of the seven highest marks on that apparatus. Hill (9.825) finished runner-up, followed by Aucoin (9.775) and Erin Machado (9.750) to highlight a team total of 48.900.

Machado performed the top floor exercise routine for an event-winning 9.850. Three other Wildcats (Aucoin, Rudiger, Barile) shared second place (9.800), and Pflieger made it a five-for-five sweep of top floor scores with a 9.750, as UNH hit for a 49.000.

"Special credit today goes out to Erika Rudiger and Kelsey Aucoin, who both continue to get the job done on three events," Goodspeed said. "But this is not a meet for individual recognition, as every team member gave it her best and contributed to this performance." 

New Hampshire returns to Lundholm Gym for the annual Stick it For The Cure meet against Centenary and Brown on Saturday, Feb. 15 (4 p.m.). For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

UNH will play host to the 2014 EAGL Championship at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. The Wildcats challenge George Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Towson. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.

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