DURHAM, N.H. – Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) registered the two highest individual scores of the season with a 9.925 on vault and a 9.950 on balance beam to propel the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team to the second-highest score in school history –a 196.675—during Saturday's second-place finish at the Fitness Day quad-meet at Lundholm Gym.
No. 19 Penn State took first place with a 197.200, George Washington finished in third place with a 195.150 and Bridgeport placed fourth (193.400). UNH (12-4, 5-2 East Atlantic Gymnastics League) tied its highest score since 2003 and finished just below the program's highest score ever (196.750), which was established at the 2003 EAGL Championship.
Aucoin's personal-best 9.925 on vault (second place) tied the eighth-best vault score in UNH history and jump-started the Wildcats to a season-best 49.200 on that apparatus for the lead through one rotation. Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) posted a career- and season-high 9.850 for a share of seventh place, and Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) contributed a personal-best 9.825 to earn a tie for 10th. Emma Sibson of the Nittany Lions won vault with a staggering 9.975.
On uneven bars, Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.) established a personal best and Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio) matched a career high with tying scores of 9.825 to share fifth place. A four-way tie for first place (9.850) consisted of Bridgeport's Lissette Lafex, Penn State's Nicole Medvitz and Kassidy Stauder, and GWU's Kiera Kenney. The 'Cats compiled a 48.950 on bars.
Aucoin, who tied Stauder for first place on beam, spearheaded the Wildcats' all-time high beam score of 49.400, which eclipsed the previous best (49.325) set in 2003. The redshirt freshman's 9.950 equaled the third-highest beam mark in UNH history. Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) set a personal best with a 9.925 (third place), and Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) finished in a tie for fourth place with a season-high-tying 9.875.
Three Wildcats –Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.), Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) and Barile-- tallied a 9.850 to share fifth place on floor exercise to help the Wildcats amass a 49.125 in the final rotation.
The Wildcats return to action for their Senior Night meet at Lundholm Gym against the U.S. Air Force Academy on Friday, March 14, at 7 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 (2 p.m.). New Hampshire seeks its first league title since 2003 ---the last time EAGLs were held at the Whitt--- as it challenges George Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Towson.