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Senior defensive lineman Derek Stank (Etters, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire football team and senior Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) of the UNH gymnastics program were named the 2006 Jim Urquhart Student-Athletes of the Year on Sunday night at the third annual senior awards banquet at Holloway Commons on the UNH campus


Hall stuck her vault to record a 9.8, which was good enough to earn her a tie for 11th place overall among some of the top gymnasts in the country in her session. Vault was perhaps her best chance to move into the finals, but she did not advance with the 11th-place finish.


Datti, now in his 25th season with the Wildcats, received the honor for the sixth time in his career. He was a co-recipient of the award in 2003, 2001, 1997 and 1991, while he was named assistant coach of the year outright in 1994. While at UNH, Datti has coached an EAGL championship squad in 2003, led UNH to the NCAA Nationals in 1994 and the Wildcats have made an appearance in the NCAA Regionals every year since he was hired as an assistant coach.


Amanda Hall Advances to NCAA Nationals As An All-Arounder

The highlight of the meet was the outstanding efforts of senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bermerton, Wash.), who not only placed third in the all-around with a score of 39.25, but as the top all-arounder not from a team that advanced, she is invited to compete as an individual at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Championships held on April 20-22 at Oregon State. In addition, had Hall not advanced as an all-arounder, she would have been invited to nationals as the NCAA Northeast champion in the floor exercise with the top score of 9.9. Hall presently holds the UNH record in the floor exercise with a 9.975, a mark she recorded twice in 2005.


PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The University of New Hampshire women's gymnatics team placed fourth out of eight teams on Saturday evening at the annual East Atlantic Gymnastics League championships held on the campus of Rutgers University.


Six teams will battle it out at the regional with Utah as the No. 1 seed, followed by Michigan, Auburn, New Hampshire, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. The top two teams from each of the six regional meets will move on to compete in the NCAA National Championships in Corvalis, Oregon on April 20-22 at Oregon State University.


Senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.), last year's EAGL Gymnast of the Year, was named first-team All-EAGL in the all-around for the fourth consecutive season. She is presently ranked fourth in the Northeast Region in the All-Around with an RQS average of 39.01.


The Wildcats will be looking to improve on last season's sixth-place finish in last year's meet and will be looking to earn an EAGL title for the first time since UNH won it as the host team in Durham in 2003.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team topped the 194 mark with a 194.325, but was edged by the University of North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, as the Tar Heels finished the afternoon with a 194.975. This marks the final regular season meet before UNH prepares for the EAGL Championships, which will be held this coming Saturday at Rutgers.


UNH posted a road score of 193.750, despite three falls on balance beam. The Wolfpack won the meet with a 194.625, followed by the University of Maryland (194.575) and fourth-place George Washington (193.250).


In order to be named to the EAGL All-Academic squad, student-athletes must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the two previous semesters. Freshmen are also eligible if they earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester.


The Wildcats had the top finisher in every event and was led once again by senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.), this week's EAGL Gymnast of the Week. Hall posted a first-place all-around score of 38.775, followed in second place by senior Mariana Pena Trestini (Valencia, Venezuela), who attemped the all-around for the first time this season.




This marks the league-leading third time this season that Hall has been named gymnast of the week and the third time that Pena Trestini was the specialist during the past five weeks.


DURHAM, N.H.-While the University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team was defeated by Penn State on Saturday afternoon (195.7-194.075), the Wildcat score was good enough to help improve the team's national average.


In the vault it was senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) leading the way for the 'Cats with a third-place judgement of 9.850. Freshman Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) also vaulted strong with a score of 9.825 to earn a tie for fourth place.


Hall was named EAGL Gymnast of the week after she recorded two first-place finishes on the vault in the two meets. Hall's mark of 9.875 in the vault at Michigan was a season-high and she posted a season-best 9.775 on beam at MSU. Her first-place all-around score of 39.125 at Michigan State also included a first-place mark of 9.8 on the floor. Hall took fourth overall at Michigan with an all-around mark of 36.625.


UNH starters Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Katelyn Schenkel (Pittsford, N.Y.) were not able to attend the meet due to illness, Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was still nursing an injury and Jaime de Mello (Milton, Mass.) remained out of the lineup due to an injury she suffered the night before.


    DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team recorded its best team score of the season, as the squad posted four individual career highs and defeated EAGL rival University of Maryland 195.250 to 194.550 Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. Five gymnasts for the Wildcats also tied their personal records.


    DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team recorded its best team score of the season, as the squad posted four individual career highs and defeated EAGL rival University of Maryland 195.250 to 194.550 Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. Five gymnasts for the Wildcats also tied their personal records.


    DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team recorded its best team score of the season, as the squad posted four individual career highs and defeated EAGL rival University of Maryland 195.250 to 194.550 Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. Five gymnasts for the Wildcats also tied their personal records.


ANN ARBOR, MICH. — The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team fell to 9-2 on the season as they were defeated at No. 4 University of Michigan on Friday evening, 195.6-190.850.


Leading the way once again for the Wildcats was senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.), who placed second in the all-around competition with a score of 38.625, not far behind Minnesota's Ashley Mutchler (38.750) who took first place.


Peña Trestini contributed big scores for the Wildcats, which helped them defeat Minnesota, Temple and Yale at the invitational. She concluded the night with a personal season-high and first-place finish on the balance beam with a score of 9.85. She also came in third on floor exercise with a 9.750 and tied for fourth on uneven bars with a 9.8. Her beam score ties for the third highest in the EAGL so far this year.


It was a total team effort for the Wildcats, who now own an impressive 6-1 record early in the 2006 campaign.


Senior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Washington) was named EAGL Gymnast of the Week for the first time this season after she placed first in the all-around competition with a four-even total of 39.275, which is the top individual mark posted this season by an EAGL gymnast. She also placed first in the floor exercise with a 9.875 and in the vault with that same score.


Hall wins individual all-around

UNH had the first-place finisher as well as the highest team score in all four events to finish with 194.4 points. Texas Woman's was the runner-up at 190.9 and followed by San Jose State (190.3) and Wisconsin-Eau Claire (181.3).


DURHAM, N.H.-The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team improved its season record to 2-1 with a pair of victories over Rhode Island and Yale on Sunday afternoon in Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH won the meet with a season-high score of 191.125, followed by the Rams (185.00) and the Elis (184. 900).


PISCATAWAY, N.J.-The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team opened the 2006 campaign at Rutgers University on Saturday afternoon, but could not overcome four falls on beam in a narrow 189.250-189.225 loss to the Scarlet Knights.


DURHAM, N.H.-The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team has been training hard and will look to build on last season's success as the squad embarks on its 2006 campaign with a season-opening meet at Rutgers on Sat., Jan. 7. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m.


DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team kicks off its 2005-06 season with the "Meet the Team" exhibition at Lundholm Gymnasium on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.




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