Pflieger Leads Gymnastics to Tri-Meet Win (195.925) at GWU

Meghan Pflieger

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) tied for first place on balance beam and earned a share of third place on floor exercise to help the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team score a 195.925 to complete Monday night's come-from-behind tri-meet victory against George Washington and Maryland at GWU's Charles E. Smith Center.

The Wildcats stretched their winning streak to eight and improved their record to 10-3, 4-2 in East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) action. GWU (195.650) finished in second place and Maryland (195.425) placed third.

Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) led UNH's vault lineup with a 9.825 to earn a tie for fourth place, and Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) scored a 9.800 to tie for seventh place as the Wildcats totaled a 48.875 for second place on that apparatus.

Rudiger notched the Wildcats' top uneven bar score with a 9.825 to claim a share of fifth place. Pflieger and Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored matching marks of 9.750 to tie for ninth place, and the 'Cats compiled a 48.725 (second place) on that event.

New Hampshire turned things up on balance beam with a first-place 49.075, led by Pflieger's 9.875 to tie for first place. Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) finished third with a 9.850, and Minichiello tied for fourth place with a 9.825.

Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) and Pflieger tallied equal marks of 9.875 on floor exercise to share third place. Aucoin and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) tied for sixth place (9.850), and UNH posted a meet-high 49.250 to complete the victory.

The Wildcats return to Lundholm Gym for a Fitness Day quad-meet against No. 18 Penn State, George Washington and Bridgeport on Saturday, March 8 (4 p.m.). For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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