DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team scored a season-high 195.575 in defeating Brown University and Centenary College in Saturday's Stick It for the Cure tri-meet at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH eclipsed the 195.000 mark for the third straight meet to up its record 6-3 on the season. Brown (7-6) placed second with a 191.600 and Centenary (1-9) totaled a 188.600.
"The 195 score is huge for us," head coach Gail Goodspeed said. "It's where we need to be, and we need to continue to be there. I just think we have started to gel as a team, and we know we can do it. It's confidence."
The Wildcats boasted the top three scorers on each of the four events. Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) spearheaded a team 48.850 on vault with a first-place 9.825. Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) hit for a 9.800 for second place, and Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) and Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) shared third place (9.775).
Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) scored a personal-best 9.825 on uneven bars to share first place with Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.). Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.), who was awarded the meet's Katie Baldwin Expression Award, claimed third place with a 9.775, with Barile (9.750) and Pflieger (9.675) rounding out the top five. The 'Cats compiled a season-high 48.850 on bars.
Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) continued her superb season on balance beam with a 9.875, a first-place mark that topped all event scores and headlined UNH's 48.825 team result. Hill finished in second place with a 9.800, and Aucoin registered a 9.775 for third place.
Aucoin capped her memorable meet with a 9.850 on floor exercise to lead all competitors. Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) posted a 9.825 for second place, and Minichiello and Barile shared third place (9.800) to help the Wildcats equal their season high floor score (49.050).
Pflieger was crowned all-around champion for the third consecutive meet with a 38.775. Brown's Caroline Morant finished runner-up with a 38.700, followed by her teammate Michelle Shnayder (38.100).
The Wildcats, who have reeled off four straight victories, embark on back-to-back road meets. UNH visits EAGL foe Towson for a tri-meet that also includes William & Mary on Saturday, Feb. 22 (7 p.m.), and the 'Cats travel to George Washington for an EAGL-only tri-meet that also features Maryland on Monday, March 3 (7 p.m.).
"What we do these next two meets will show us what we're made of," Goodspeed said. "If we can duplicate what we did tonight at those two meets, then I'll feel really good."
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.