Gymnastics Holds Senior Day/Military Appreciation Day Meet (March 14, 7 p.m.)

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New Hampshire vs Air Force
  Senior Day/Military Appreciation Day
  March 14, 2014 • 7:00 p.m. • Lundholm Gymnasium • Durham, N.H.
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DURHAM, N.H. - The UNH gymnastics team salutes its senior class and the military with Senior Day/Military Appreciation Day on Friday, March 14, with a 7 p.m. meet against the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

LAST TIME OUT: (March 8, 2014) – 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 UNH 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 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.

Aucoin, who tied 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.

EAGL CHAMPIONSHIP: 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.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS: The Air Force women's gymnastics team closes out the regular season with a pair of meets, including its final home contest of 2014. The Falcons follow up tonight's meet with before returning to the Academy for Senior Night on Monday, March 17, against 20th-ranked Arizona at Cadet Center Gym.

Linnaea Hance is ranked among the top-six of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in two events, including a No. 4 placement on the balance beam. Hance, who currently holds a Regional Qualifying Average of 9.790 on the beam, is also ranked fifth in the all-around with an RQA of 38.410.

The Falcons improved their overall team score for the ninth straight meet March 8 by amassing a 193.900 to take third at the Eagle Invitational. That score, a seasonal improvement of 0.750, marked the fifth straight meet that Air Force has surpassed the 193-point mark. It is also the second-highest score of head coach Doug Day's eight-year tenure.

Lindsay Ebel and Linnaea Hance recorded matching marks of 9.775 to tie for first on the uneven bars at the Eagle Invitational on March 8. The marks, which included a career-high for Ebel, were two of three top-five finishes for Air Force on that event, as Jessica Hanner finished in a tie for fifth with a season-high mark of 9.725.

AWESOME AUCOIN: Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) was tabbed the EAGL Specialist of the Week on Tuesday. It is the fourth weekly league honor for Aucoin, who has thrice been named the EAGL Rookie of the Week (Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 18).

Aucoin notched UNH's two highest scores of the season with a 9.925 on vault and a 9.950 on beam in a home quad-meet against Penn State, George Washington and Bridgeport on March 8. Aucoin's vault mark tied the eighth-highest score in school history on that apparatus, and her beam score was the third-highest in school history. The Wildcats' 196.675 matched the second-highest score in program history, and the 49.400 on beam was the highest score ever on that event. On March 3, Aucoin tied a personal best with a 9.850 on floor exercise to tie for sixth place in a tri-meet at George Washington that also included Maryland.

For the season, Aucoin is tied for sixth in EAGL on vault (9.815 Regional Qualifying Score) and is 12th on floor exercise (9.820 RQS).

SENIOR DAY: Tonight marks the final home meet for the senior class, which consists of co-captains Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.), Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) and Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass.).

            Barile, who leads UNH and is ranked fifth in EAGL on vault (9.815 RQS), is a three-time member of the EAGL All-Academic Team and was a 2013 All-EAGL First Team competitor on floor and Second Team on vault to go along with EAGL All-Tournament First Team on floor and Second Team on vault. Her personal-best scores are 9.850 on vault, 9.825 on bars and 9.875 on floor.

            Machado, a three-time EAGL All-Academic Team member and 2013 NACGC/W Scholastic All-America, leads UNH's floor lineup with a 9.850 RQS, which is fourth-best in the league. Machado, who was a 2013 EAGL All-Tournament Second Team performer on floor, has personal-best scores of 9.800 on beam and 9.875 on floor.

            Hudson, a three-time member of the EAGL All-Academic Team and two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-America, earned 2012 All-EAGL Second Team on vault. Her career-high scores are 9.850 on vault, 9.700 on bars and 9.625 on floor.

            Minichiello, a three-time EAGL All-Academic Team member, has personal-best scores of 9.825 on bars, 9.900 on beam, 9.875 on floor and 38.075 on all-around.

MILITARY DAY: All members of the U.S. military will receive free admission to the meet with ID as part of Military Appreciation Day, and their guests will receive the special ticket rate of $3.00 at the door.

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