Seven Gymnasts Receive 12 All-EAGL Awards
BALTIMORE – Seven members of the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team received a total of 12 honors from the East Atlantic Gymnastics League, which announced its 2104 All-EAGL First Team and Second Team awards earlier this week.
Freshman Kelsey Aucoin (Double Oak, Texas) led the Wildcats with three honors, including First Team on both vault and balance beam; she received Second Team recognition on floor exercise.
Senior captain Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.), junior Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) and freshman Meghan Pflieger (Barneveld, N.Y.) also received multiple awards. Barile matched Aucoin with a pair of First Team accolades – vault and floor. Rudiger earned First Team on uneven bars and Second Team on floor, and Pflieger was named to First Team in all-around and Second Team on vault in addition to being feted as the team MVP.
UNH's other honorees were junior Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) as First Team on beam, senior captain Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) as First Team on floor and junior Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.) as Second Team on beam.
Aucoin's Wildcat career began with instant success, winning EAGL Rookie of the Week three times and, most recently, Specialist of the Week on March 11. She tallied three meet victories on vault while being the top Wildcat finisher in the event five times this season. Her season high score on vault was 9.925 and she earned First Team with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 9.825.
Aucoin recorded four wins on the beam and scored highest for New Hampshire in a total of five meets. Aucoin won first place with a season-high 9.950 against Penn St., George Washington, and Bridgeport on March 8 and she has a RQS of 9.830.
The first-year Wildcat also showed her potential on floor. Aucoin recorded two event wins, scoring her season high mark of 9.850 in both victories. She ended the regular season with a 9.830 RQS.
Barile finished her Wildcat career with a bang, notching First Team honors in vault and floor. Barile collected three victories on vault this season. While doing so, the UNH captain set a new career high score of 9.850 at Yale on Feb. 8. She led all New Hampshire performers in the event on three occasions and had a 9.815 RQS.
Barile also excelled on the floor exercise, where she tied for the highest Wildcat score twice and tallied a 9.835 RQS. Moreover, the Wildcat captain posted a new career high score in the floor competition with a 9.850 mark against Maryland on Feb. 1.
Rudiger was recognized as a First Team bars and Second Team floor recipient. On March 14, Rudiger notched a career-high 9.875 to secure one of her three victories on bars this season. She impressively finished tops on the team on bars in 8 of 11 meets and had an aggregate RQS of 9.810.
The floor exercise was another strength for Rudiger. She scored a season-high 9.850 in the floor exercise March 14, as she claimed first place for the Wildcats vs. Air Force to boost her RQS to 9.815.
Like Aucoin, Pflieger also proved herself in her first collegiate season. During the year, she was honored as EAGL Rookie of the Week twice. The Barneveld, N.Y. native won the all-around event four times, as she single-handedly represented New Hampshire in the event all season. Pflieger recorded her season high score of 39.250 March 3 against George Washington University and Maryland, which gave her the all-around victory. Pflieger was named to the First Team with an RQS of 38.870.
Additionally, her season-high 9.850 score on vault Jan. 19 helped earn Second Team distinction. She led the Wildcats in vault scoring three times in her rookie season and compiled an RQS of 9.790.
Machado garnered First Team Floor honors in her senior season. The captain earned two victories in the floor exercise this year while registering a career high mark of 9.875 on Jan. 19. Her two victories came Feb. 8 and March 14, when she recorded a 9.850 score in both contests as part of an overall RQS of 9.855.
Gray and Hill solidified New Hampshire's success on the balance beam in 2014.
Gray, who earned First Team, prevailed in the event five times this season. She scored a season-high 9.875 points in four of her five beam victories and recorded the top RQS of all EAGL gymnasts with a mark of 9.860.
Hill was recognized as a Second Team member on beam. She highlighted her season when she recorded a new career high score of 9.825 at Pittsburgh on Jan. 25. Hill compiled a 9.810 RQS on the apparatus.
Carrie Kimball, UNH associate athletic director for operations, was named the EAGL Administrator of the Year. Kimball has been has been a member of the school's athletic department for more than 12 years. Last year she was named to the NCAA Division I Women's Gymnastics Committee. In this role, she is responsible for regulating rules, supervising championships and ensuring that the philosophies and standards of the NCAA are promoted and enforced. She is responsible for overseeing the events management at all gymnastics home meets. This includes staffing, serving as a liaison for judges and coaches, and finalizing all score sheets at the conclusion of meets.
The University of New Hampshire plays host to the 2014 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship on Saturday, March 22, at the Whittemore Center Arena. The event, which is free to all UNH students, begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the Whittemore Center box office.