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DURHAM, N.H.--Lindsey Bruck, a former gymnast and a 2008 graduate from the University of Michigan, has been named an assistant coach with the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team. The announcement was made today by 30th-year head coach Gail Goodspeed.
  Bruck, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health at Michigan, was a two-time All-American, a Honda Award finalist, a 2008 NCAA Woman Of The Year nominee, and a two-time NCAA Northeast Region Gymnast of the Year while with the Wolverines.


– The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 81st out of 365 Division I schools in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the winter sport season.
     The Wildcats have amassed 162 points, including the 25 points they tallied during the fall season. The ski team, which stands 11th overall, provided 57 points, while the third-ranked women’s hockey team supplied 55 points and the ninth-ranked men’s hockey team kicked in another 25.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.— Gail Goodspeed, the 29th-year head women’s gymnastics coach at the University of New Hampshire, and associate head coach Ed Datti, were both recognized with coach of the year honors at the annual NCAA Northeast Regional banquet which took place this past weekend at Penn State.
    Goodspeed, who was named Head Coach of the Year, has earned the honor six times in her career, also earning the award in 2005, 2003, 2001, 1994 and 1991.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.Sophomore gymnasts Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) and Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) both made the most of their opportunities to compete individually at this year’s NCAA Northeast Regional held on the campus of Penn State University on April 12.
    LaFountain did the Wildcats proud, placing fifth on balance beam with an impressive score of 9.875, tying her season-high for 2008.

DURHAM, N.H.— Sophomore gymnasts Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) and Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) will be representing the University of New Hampshire as individual competitors at the NCAA Northeast Regionals, which will take place on April 12 at Penn State beginning at 6 p.m.
    Diodati was the only individual gymnast from the region invited to compete on vault, as well as on bars, while LaFountain was selected to compete on balance beam.
    Both gymnasts were recently named first-team All-EAGL (East Atlantic Gymnastics League) in their respective events. Diodati, who placed third in vault at the EAGL Championships, checked in with qualifying scores of 9.855 in vault and posted a mark of 9.81 on bars as well. LaFountain posted a 9.815 qualifying score on beam.

Morgantown, W.Va.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team ended its regular season at the East Atlantic Gymnastic League (EAGL) Championships on Saturday evening (March 29) with a third-place finish in a league that features high-powered teams from several high-powered athletic programs.
    UNH finished with its second-best score of the season, a 194.55, behind only first-place host West Virginia University ( 196.05) and second-place North Carolina State (195.475). The Wildcats topped several outstanding squads, including the University of North Carolina (193.950), the University of Maryland (193.375), the University of Pittsburgh (193.175), George Washington University (192.975) and also Rutgers University (189.025).

Morgantown, W.Va..—Six members of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team were honored on Friday evening at the annual EAGL awards banquet held on the campus of West Virginia.   
    Three Wildcats received first-team All-EAGL honors in their respective events. Leading the way for UNH was sophomore Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine), as she was a first-team selection in the vault with an average of 9.805, and she was first team on bars as well with an impressive mark of 9.761.
    Also earning first-team All-EAGL honors in vault was junior Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) as she finished the season with an average of 9.789.

DURHAM, N.H. — They may have fallen to EAGL rival North Carolina State University, but the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 194.600 in its final regular season meet of 2008 Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. North Carolina State won the meet with a score of 196.050.
    The best event for the ‘Cats was their first of the meet, the vault. Four of the six competing gymnasts for UNH scored at least a 9.80 in the event. Junior Justine Turner (Salem, NH) and sophomore Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) each scored a 9.850 in a four-way tie for first place.

DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team tied for the conference lead with an impressive total of 13 student-athletes named to the EAGL All-Academic Team.
    Six of the Wildcat gymnasts have been named to the team for the second or third time in their UNH careers.
    In addition, senior Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) led the Wildcats with her fourth straight appearance on the EAGL All-Academic Team.
    Leading the way with the highest GPA was freshman Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) as she has posted a 4.0 while with the Wildcats. Also impressive has been the academic performance of senior Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.), as she checks in with a GPA of 3.86 as a Family Studies major.

MORGANTOWN, W.V.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team took third place in a quad meet at the University of West Virginia on Saturday, posting a team score of 193.4. The University of West Virginia won the meet with a team total of 196.175, followed by Minnesota (195.375) and fourth-place Rutgers (188.575).
    The meet was significant for UNH, as it gave the Wildcats a chance to get familiar with the site of the 2008 EAGL Championships, which will take place at West Virginia on March 29.  

EAST LANSING—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team received some outstanding overall performances from the likes of freshman all-arounder Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) and sophomore Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) but it wasn’t enough to beat a highly-ranked Michigan State squad at home on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans defeated the Wildcats by a 196.350-193.475 margin.
    Steinberg was a highlight of the day as she excelled in the all-around, finishing second with a four-event total of 38.2. Steinberg was second on beam (9.85) to lead the team, and posted scores of 9.775 in the vault, 9.65 in floor and 8.925 on bars.

CHAPEL HILl, N.C.-- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team posted a hard-fought second-place finish at the North Carolina Tar Heel Invitational  on Saturday afternoon at Carmichael Auditorium.
    The Wildcats gave the host school a run for its money, as UNH finished with an impressive team score of 193.6, finishing just behind North Carolina (189.775) and ahead of third-place Maryland (193.250)  and fourth-place William & Mary (189.925)

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team fell to EAGL rival Maryland Sunday afternoon at Lundholm, by a narrow margin of 192.875 to 192.625.
    Sophomore Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) was UNH’s top finisher on vault, as she recorded a 9.775 to take second place. Junior Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) took third place with a 9.759 and freshman Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) tied for fourth place with a mark of 9.650.

PROVO, UTAH--The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team took on two of Utah's top gymnastics teams at Utah State University on Friday evening and placed third in the tri-meet with a team score of 190.90. Winning the meet was Brigham Young University (193.725), with the host school taking second overall, 192.425.
    The top performer of the evening for UNH was sophomore beam sensation Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.), who took top honors in the meet with a high score of 9.825.

DURHAM, N.H.--- The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team has announced that three outstanding student-athletes have signed letters of intent to attend UNH in the Fall.
    Alison Carr from Chelmsford, Mass. competed and trained at Gymnastics Village in Amherst, NH. She is a former elite and level 10 athlete with national experience. She was a level 10 state all-around champion, and competed at the US Classic as a junior international elite athlete. In 2002, she was the US Challenge national elite uneven bar champion and also placed 2nd in the all-around. The coaching staff at UNH looks forward to working with her and having her competitive experience and skill level in the gym.
    “Alison is a hard working student athlete with a 4.0 GPA and a strong desire to succeed. She will be able to make an immediate impact on our squad. Ali does not have a weak event and will contend for an all-around spot next year.”

DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics  team notched a season-high score of 194.225 to place second at its annual Fox Run Invitational Saturday night at the Whittemore Center Arena. Taking first place in the meet was Penn. State University with a score of 195.275. Rounding out the four squad meet were third- place Yale University (189.100) and fourth-place College of William & Mary (186.750).
    A career mark of 9.90 propelled sophomore Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) to another first place on vault, the sixth consecutive time she has done so this season. Junior Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) also did well in the event, as she tied for fourth with a season high 9.80.

    DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team now stands at an outstanding 8-1 on the season after defeating Brown University, University of Bridgeport and University of Alaska-Anchorage, Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats earned their best team score of the season, 193.625, while Alaska finished a distant second with a score of 190.075, Bridgeport notched third with a team score of 189.20 and Brown finished fourth with a final mark of 181.60. UNH also finished 1-2-3 in every event.
    UNH started out strong on their first event on the night, vault, as sophomore Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) continued her dominance on vault, by taking first place for the fifth consecutive meet, thanks to a score of 9.725. Last week’s EAGL Rookie of the Week Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) nabbed second place with a score of 9.70 and junior Justine Turner (Salem, N.H.) tied for third place with a mark of 9.675.

DURHAM, N.H.—Freshman Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team was named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Rookie of the week for her outstanding performance in UNH’s impressive victories over Pittsburgh and Brigham Young on Jan. 26.
    Steinberg posted a first-place finish in the vault with a mark of 9.850, good for a season-high, and also recorded her best collegiate mark on beam with a 9.825 for second place overall.

Durham, N.H.- Backed by a season-high score of 192.400, the University of New Hampshire’s women’s gymnastics team defeated Pittsburgh University (190.075) and Brigham Young University (191.2) Saturday night in Lundholm gymnasium.
    With the win the Wildcats improve to an impressive record of 5-1.
    For the fourth consecutive meet sophomore Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) notched at least a tie for first place on vault as she and teammate freshman Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) each scored a 9.850 in the event. This mark was a personal best for Steinberg and was a huge improvement over her previous record of 9.575. Rounding out the top three was Diane Grey (Spring, Texas) as she tied for third with a score of 9.725, also a new personal best.

MINNEAPOLIS--The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team suffered its first loss of the young season on Saturday evening following a 191.65-189.30 loss at the University of Minnesota. The Wildcats are now 3-1 in 2008.
    Sophomore Helena Diotati (Scarborough, Maine), took first on bars with a score of 9.725 and tied for first on vault with a judegment of 9.825. Diodati has notched at least a tie for first place on bars and vault in all three meets so far this season.

    DURHAM, N.H.— Sophomore Helena Diodati (Scarborough. Maine) of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team was named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Specialist of the Week in recognition of her outstanding efforts in UNH’s victory over the University of Rhode Island on Jan. 11.
    Diodati earned two event titles in the 190.600-186.750 win over URI, posting a first-place mark of 9.825 on the vault and a top score of 9.850 on bars. Her score on vault was a personal best.

    DURHAM, N.H.--The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team remains undefeated, 3-0, as it beat the University of Rhode Island 190.6 to 186.750 Friday night in the Wildcats’ home-opener at Lundholm Gym.
UNH had at least two gymnasts place in the top three in every event, including 1-2-3 finishes on vault and bars.
    Leading the charge for UNH was sophomore Helena Diodati (Scarborough, Maine) who nabbed two first-place finishes on vault and bars with scores of 9.825 and 9.850 respectively. Diodati’s mark on vault also tied her personal-best record. Rounding out vault was sophomore Kelsey Alwin (St. Michael, Minn.) who placed second with a score of 9.750,  and senior Katelyn Schenkel (Pittsford, N.Y.), who notched third place thanks to a 9.550 mark.

    DURHAM, N.H.—Sophomore gymnast Taryn LaFountain (Utica, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team was named the East Atlantic Gymnastic League (EAGL) Specialist of the Week on Tuesday following her outstanding efforts in the Wildcat victories over Rutgers and Bridgeport.
    LaFountain took first place on balance beam with a high score of 9.7 and nailed two double backs on floor for second place in the event for a mark of 9.575.

    Piscataway, N.J. – The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team enjoyed one of its best season-opening meets in years with a score of 191.475, to defeat EAGL rival Rutgers University (183.450) and the University of Bridgeport (177.075).
    Freshman Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J), in her first collegiate meet of her career, took first place in all-around competition with a score of 37.575.

    DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team is set to open its 2008 campaign with an away meet at Rutgers with Bridgeport on Jan. 5 and the squad will compete in its home-opener vs. Rhode Island on Jan.11. The competition begins at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. Tickets for home gymnastics meets can be purchased online at www.unhwildcats.com.
    The 2008 Wildcats are led by an experienced and dedicated group of seniors.  Rebecca Porter, Beth Bronson, Fairen Plummer, and Katelyn Schenkel have all been strong contributors to the program, and have repeatedly illustrated that they can excel academically and athletically.

    DURHAM, N.H.– The University of New Hampshire announced today that Learfield Sports has become its first-ever, exclusive athletics multimedia partner, effective with the 2008-09 academic year. 
    The 10-year agreement calls for Learfield Sports to establish a locally based entity, known as “Wildcat Sports Properties” (WSP), to manage and sell UNH Athletics’ multimedia rights that include all signage at the Whittemore Center, Cowell Stadium and Lundholm Gym.  In addition to its athletic venues, Learfield Sports will oversee UNH Athletics’ radio rights, corporate hospitality, print sponsorships, event marketing, certain television rights and official athletic Web site advertising for unhwildcats.com

    DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team enters a new season of high-level competitions and the squad invites all fans to come out and see the team’s routines at the annual “Meet The Team” event on Sun., Dec. 2. The action is set to begin at noon in Lundholm Gymnasium.
    Fans will be treated to a full blue/white competition on all four events, as the squad has been split in two and will compete head-to-head for points.

    DURHAM, N.H.--Jenni Lymanstall was recently named assistant women's gymnastics coach at the University of New Hampshire. The announcement was made by head women's gymnastics coach Gail Goodspeed.
    Lymanstall is a 2005 graduate from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Science in Human Ecology She continues her education and is a candidate for a Masters of Science in Athletic Administration at James Madison University. 
    Lymanstall was a four-year letterwinner for the Ohio State Buckeyes.  She was a prevalent leader in the weight room and was a two-time recipient of Strength & Conditioning’s honor of Buckeye Power Club Award winner.                  

    DURHAM, N.H.—Six members of the University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team were named to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women Academic All-America team.
    Senior Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) was named to the squad for the third consecutive time and posted a 4.0 GPA as a Kinesiology/Athletic Training major. Porter, who also earned the honor in 2005 and 2006, is presently working as an athletic trainer with the UNH football team.

DURHAM, N.H.  – The University of New Hampshire athletic department has announced a partnership with Pack Network to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2007-2008 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
     Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events, but also premium content not available to view without the All-Access Pass. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.

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