Gymnastics Competes In Saturday Quad-Meet At No. 15 Penn State (4 p.m.)

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New Hampshire at No. 15 Penn State, w/ Penn, Temple
March 9, 2013 • 4:00 p.m. • Rec Hall • University Park, Pa.
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Austyn Fobes

LAST TIME OUT - DURHAM, N.H. (March 2, 2013)  Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) recorded first-place scores on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise to propel the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team to a 194.850 and a quad-meet victory in last Saturday's UNH Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium.
   UNH improved to 13-5 overall and 6-2 in East Atlantic Gymnastics (EAGL) competition by edging Towson (194.675), Brown (191.850) and Yale (190.925).Fobes tallied a 9.825 on vault, her highest mark since Jan. 26, to finish in a three-way tie for first place, and Erika Rudiger (Slidell, La.) set a personal best with a 9.800 for fourth place to lead a team total of 48.550.
   The Wildcats swept the top four places on uneven bars en route to a 49.225, which was 0.075 off a school record for that apparatus. Fobes set the tone with a season-high 9.900, matching the eighth-highest bar score in UNH history, while three other Wildcat gymnasts set career highs: Rudiger made it back-to-back personal-best events with a 9.875 for second place; a career-high 9.850 from Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) gave the sophomore third place and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa.) set a career mark with a 9.825 for fourth place.
   Gray equaled her career high with a 9.900 on balance beam for first place, and Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) earned a share of fifth place with a 9.700, but the Wildcats slipped into second place through three rotations due to a low team score of 47.975.
   The 'Cats closed strong with a 49.100 on floor exercise, with Fobes posting her third first-place score of the meet with a personal-best 9.900. Gray tied her career high for the second straight meet with a 9.875, and Barile matched that mark with a personal-best-tying 9.875 as the meet's final competitor to give the Wildcats a come-from-behind victory by 0.175 points over the Tigers.
   Gray's career-high 39.275 mark on all-around took first place, ahead of Towson's Abby Griswold (38.575) and Fobes (38.350).

SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS: Last week, the then 22nd-ranked Nittany Lions knocked off Illinois 196.300-195.775. That team score represented the third straight meet where Penn State set or eclipsed the 196.300 barrier. Senior Sharaya Musser earned the all-around title with a final score of 39.500. Joining Musser in all-around action for the second straight meet was junior Kassidy Stauder.The junior finished with an all-around mark of 39.000. Penn State posted marks over 49 on three of four events.
   With their efforts at Illinois, Penn State jumped up seven spots in the GymInfo RQS rankings. Musser currently sits fifth nationally in all-around.
   Penn State and New Hampshire last faced off Jan. 15, 2012, when Nittany Lions defeated the Wildcats by a score of 196.125-194.250 in Durham. Musser earned the all-around title with a 39.425. 

SCOUTING THE QUAKERS: Penn is fresh off a record-setting day on bars in a dual win over Ursinus in Collegeville, Pa., on March 3. Penn scored a team total of 48.775 on bars, which ties for the second-highest in program history. The Quakers were led by Elyse Shenberger (career-high 9.850) and Kirsten Strausbaugh (9.800), who were both honored this past week by the ECAC as Rookie of the Week and Coaches Choice award winner, respectively.

SCOUTING THE OWLS: Temple put up its season-high score in last Sunday's quad-meet at West Virginia with its total of 191.175. The Owls finished fourth in the four-team meet, falling to Denver (196.800), host West Virginia (196.375) and George Washington (195.300) at the West Virginia University Coliseum.

Senior Jean Alban contributed strong performances, setting career highs in two different events—vault and bars—and topping her previous all-around career high score with a 38.650. She posted her highest score on the day on the balance beam, scoring a 9.750, and later set a personal best on vault with her 9.575.

Temple demonstrated its best performances on the balance beam, totaling 48.500 with the help of junior captain Heather Zaniewski. Zaniewski followed that routine with a stellar performance on the vault, registering a career-high, 9.675.

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